I echo everyone's sentiments. But I think tomorrow is the perfect time for all of us to step back and reflect on all that has happened to UA in the last couple of years and realize that we have much to be thankful for. I find myself thinking of the events of 9/11 and our fallen co-workers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. I'm quite sure they'd want us to keep fighting the good fight together so we can rebuild this airline into the competitive and profitable powerhouse it once was. Let's not let them down. I find myself thinking about the thousands of my fellow employees who have been furloughed since 9/11. I'm quite sure they want us to keep fighting the good fight together so we can rebuild this airline into the competitive and profitable powerhouse it once was, so that they have the option of returning to UA and finishing their careers. Let's not let them down.
We all have our own situations that make us different. But we are bound by the common bond of all being United Airlines employees. And we are stuck in a struggle to turn our company around and keep it from total failure. We have our complaints and we have our differences. But I believe that for the most part, our situations are much better off than the groups I listed above. For that we should be thankful. I know for me personally, I am thankful for many things: my wife and son and unborn child #2 due May 5th; my family and friends; my health; the resolve and strength of all 84,000 of my co-workers, who despite their anger and emotion, deep down want this airline to succeed. The list could go on and on and on because when we actually pause to reflect on what we're thankful for, it's surprising how much we can come up with that often gets lost in the shuffle.
So tomorrow, let's all remember what's truly important in our lives and be thankful. Despite the tough times that lie ahead for all of us, we have the ability to do what's necessary to prove all the naysayers wrong and make this company succeed again. It won't be easy, it will take some time, and there will be some pain for all of us along the way. But I know that together we can do it. We owe it those co-workers we lost on September 11th. We owe it to the thousands who've been furloughed and will be furloughed. But most of all, we owe it to ourselves.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone (and yes, that even includes PineyBob, BobOwens, kcabpilot and mastermechanic