Decisions, decisions.

This whole post may be moot. I’ll try to make a long story short.

 Once upon a time, my mother and I worked for one of the “legacy” airlines. It was a pretty good gig with lots of benefits including travel. After 11 September (yes, we worked that day and without much knowledge about what was happening). Then things changed. The company started pulling in the reins and eventually started letting people go to save money.

Mom and I lasted until June of 2003. About that time, the company, it seemed, started looking for reasons to let people go. They started “nit-picking” if you will, on the rules. We both got in trouble for doing things that, while against the rules, would normally get you a slap on the wrist. I should mention that we worked in Reservations, so safety wasn’t the issue.

I should also point out that I’m not a salesman. Our job, however, demanded that we be good salesmen. We had stats that we had to live up to. We had to process so many calls per hour and sell so many tickets per hour etc. and our stats were posted by our respective team leaders weekly. Needless to say that I was below target 9 times out of ten. Overall, I loved my job and while I was always encouraged to do better, I was never warned to raise my stats “or else”.

It came to pass that after some reshuffling and people with lower seniority than myself being let go (some were brought back), my mother and I were among a large group who were furloughed, in other words laid off, in June of 2003. We were to remain on furlough for 5 years with the possibility of being recalled. If we didn’t hear anything for five years, we were considered terminated.

Yesterday, my mother got a recall letter in the mail. I haven’t recieved one I guess because my seniority was lower than hers. She’s thinking about going back. Meanwhile, I’m wondering if I will get a letter and if so, what should I do? I would take a bit of a cut in base pay, but there’s always the commission. Plus, where I work now, I may have the opportunity to make supervisor before long whereas at the airline, I would have a long way to go. I don’t know what benefits are left at the airline, but I think they would still be better plus the travel benefit is still there. I didn’t travel much before, except to Houston, Laredo and Charleston and I alwayse regretted that. My co-workers went to Europe and (especially) Amsterdam very frequently.

Since I don’t know if I will get a letter, there may be no point in wondering, but I can’t help it. I think that I should go back to the airline, but my senses tell me I’d be better off where I am. One thing that I forgot to mention is that my commute is about half of what it would be with the airline job and there would be no interstate travel. Also, with my current schedule, I have weekends off. With the airline, I’d have to bid for a new schedule roughly every quarter.


I dunno. I’m just sorta thinking aloud here. Another positive with the airline is that it was a gay friendly atmosphere. I had a pic of TGCpartner on my desk every day and sometimes it seemed that hardly a week went by that I didn’t find out somebody else at the office was gay. I also had my partner on my travel plan.


I dunno.



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6 Comments on “Decisions, decisions.”

  1. Howard Says:

    You may not be particularly interested in hearing from me about anything, Rob, but I’ll give you my two cents’ worth.

    I’ve been in my line of work for about 20 years, and in that time, I’ve been laid off six times. After that many job losses, it does get easier. But the one thing I learned is that each time I lost my job, I realized it was time to move on. And I always went on to something better, even when it didn’t seem that way at the time. And I’ve been glad of it.

    I detect from your hesitancy and indecision that even if a recall letter comes your way, you’d still be torn. Perhaps that’s telling you something worth listening to.

  2. I gotta give you props for reading through that rambling mess.

    My mom decided to go back on a part time basis even though she has filed a suit for an OJI. Anywho, it turns out that I didn’t get a letter because the cut off for this round was 9/00 and I was hired 10/00.
    All and all, it was a cool job. I enjoyed the people I worked with (more so than any other job) and loved the travel. I especially miss the fact that I could keep a picture of TGCpartner on my desk.

    Mom says I should stay where I’m at and I’m inclined to agree. Of course when she gets her travel benefits, I’ll be able to take advantage of the Buddy Passes.

    Oh one detail that I left out, Howard, is the fact that my partner lives in Houston. Long story short, circumstances prevent us from living together and we both love each other too damn much to break up. When I had travel benefits, we saw each other frequently and now we only get to see each other a few times a year. We do talk to each other every day on the phone (Thank God for night & weekend minutes) though. And no, our relationship is not based on sex. We manage to do without for long periods of time. With mom going back to work at the airline, we can both use mom’s passes to see each other more frequently.

    On another note, I also miss Texas. Florida’s o.k., but I miss the Lone Star State.

  3. Howard Says:

    Thanks for sharing that, Rob. I appreciate it.

    Sounds to me like things are working out after all. With your mom earning travel bennies, you’ll get to see your squeeze AND visit Texas.

    I’ve done the long-distance thing, too. No fun. On the other hand, that can be a way to keep things fresh.

    Ya know, I love this blogging thing, but if you want to take this off line, I can send you a note via your profile. You don’t have to share EVERYTHING with the world. Just a thought.

  4. Howard Says:

    Sorry I haven’t posted. It’s been a busy weekend, plus I’ve got some bug. But I tried clicking on your “email me” link and it took me to a sign up page for Gmail. Not sure what that means. What do you suggest?


    I’ll fix it.

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