CWA agents...will there ever be recognition for longevity

Seatacus

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In the past as agents accrued time with the company there was recognition for their time. Agents earned more vacation as seniority increased. Free term passes were given at 25 years. Now with our new contract those with the most vacation, if taken , end up with less pay( 75% pay during vacation). Concievably earning less per year than a 10 year employee who is at top of scale and only allowed 3 weeks vacation. Term passes are now free for all. Agents get raises up to 10 years and then it is over. Does USAirways even care about those who stick around or do they just want us to go away? I know that Dave has his hands full right now with bigger things, but sooner rather later he or someone way up should look into this.
 

Meriel

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[BLOCKQUOTE][BR]----------------[BR]On 10/1/2002 4:07:45 PM Seatacus wrote:
[P]In the past as agents accrued time with the company there was recognition for their time.  Agents earned more vacation as seniority increased. Free term passes were given at 25 years.  Now with our new contract those with the most vacation, if taken , end up with less pay( 75% pay during vacation). Concievably earning less per year than a 10 year employee who is at top of scale and only allowed 3 weeks vacation.  Term passes are now free for all.  Agents get raises up to 10 years and then it is over.  Does USAirways even care about those who stick around or do they just want us to go away?  I know that Dave has his hands full right now with bigger things, but sooner rather later he or someone way up should look into this. [/P]----------------[/BLOCKQUOTE]
[P]Well, in a nutshell... no. Economic reality is that the most desirable agents are the ones who are past the initial 2 or so year learning curve, and under top-out rates. From a financial pov, the best thing for USAir is for all the senior people to leave with few folks ever staying long enough to top out or retire.[/P]
[P]That said, this isn't just a USAir issue, or an airline issue -- that is pretty much the way all private industry is. One of the results of this general trend is that the workforce, as a whole, is much more mobile than it used to be. People no longer get a job at one company, stay for life, and retire from it (unless they're a government employee of some sort). People will make some 6-8 job changes in their adult working life, and a good third will change careers entirely.[/P]
[P]I don't view it as either good or bad because there are both positive and negative aspects to this sort of environment. This is simply the way it is. Like so many other things that have changed in the world over the past generation, so has the workplace and the best any of us can do is simply try to keep adapting and use it to our advantage as best we can.[/P]