- Aug 19, 2002
Tonight I had a chance conversation with one of the many U mechanics. He was looking a bit down , so being the person that I am , I had to ask what''s up? The mechanic said he had just purchased a used 1990 RV. I thought such a purchase was a bit odd with the current situation our company is in. Then this guy went on to say that he didn''t know if? , or where he would be working at next?...and an RV was the only way to facilitate things until his situation becomes stabalized This for those of you that have not dealt with an alike situation? This is called The Grand Tour The Grand Tour is a back alley term for being Bumped Out of station after station. This is a very sad aspect of the politics of Bidding a position I cannot for the life of me understand why a person should have to endure this kind of situation?. I think that most should know..and the company should know where a person is at regarding the Pecking Order (Senority) Why can''t they come to terms with where your senority will allow you to hold a job?..and then plan on staying there. I can see where people become bitter...I''m leaving my home and family for CLT,PIT, PHL or TPA etc......and I don''t know from week to week , or how long I will be there either? Surely there has to be a method to avoid the pain and drudgury of the Grand Tour.....and I don''t mean taking a furlough either. Situations like this only multiply the frustrations of the employee group. This does not lend to a happy and healthy situation. Problems like this need to be addressed by both the Unions and the company. A person is alot more productive when they have a greater degree of stability. Finances are a big concern for everyone...having a job is a tremendous concern , but once those areas are firmed up....shouldn''t geographic stability become an issue? I''m sure Mechanic X will be much more productive knowing that he and his family are together....instead of living like a Nomad.