United Airlines' workforce to take fl...

United Airlines' workforce to take flight in operations center'...

There are 160 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 4, 2009, titled United Airlines' workforce to take flight in operations center'.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

United Airlines is expected to announce as early as Thursday that it is moving its giant operations center and 2,800 employees from the northwest suburbs to downtown Chicago, sources tell the Tribune.

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“Go Cubs Go!”

Since: Sep 07

Homewood

#105 Aug 5, 2009
Ndugu wrote:
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Spoken like someone who thinks Olive Garden is fine dining.
Pass the breadsticks, Fred.
HA! Indeed!!
Speakin da trut

Chicago, IL

#106 Aug 5, 2009
Most responsible companies have operations centers is smaller, 2nd tier cities so they are safer and do not attract attention. The operations mgr quoted is a moron for equating the severity of a fire to a major terrorist attack on the tallest building in America.
Uncle Earl

AOL

#107 Aug 5, 2009
United Airlines,...another stupid idea in a long line of stupid ideas regardless of how they spin it. Its nice the city of Chicago has to contribute 25 million in incentives. Boeing, & MillerCoors is one thing, but this move doesn't
RegularGuy

United States

#108 Aug 5, 2009
Ted wrote:
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Uh maybe its because the people working in the office aren't pilots?
True, they just schedule the crews and the aircraft. And they manage the Red Carpet Club, baggage handling, revenue, reservations, and customer service (wait, LOOK who I'm talking about - United HAS no customer service!).

Not to mention the fact that many of the operations staff FLY to other United locations daily. They now have a twenty-minute shuttle bus ride. Soon that will be a 45-minute Metra or CTA ride.

I'm not certain if United still operates the flight attendant training center in Elk Grove, but that hotel/training facility housed a lot of FAs who had overnight layovers in Chicago.
O-Bummer

Plano, TX

#109 Aug 5, 2009
Fred wrote:
That sucks for those people that have to commute into downtown.
Have fun getting mugged, panhandled, raped, and assaulted... and that's just from the Chicago city government.
You're absolutely correct, Fredward. They obviosuly should've moved to a Exurb community like Wacunda & continued the unchecked sprawl.
J A Love

United States

#110 Aug 5, 2009
Looks like a "maggot" to the average viewer.
Does anybody check any of the designers credentials or even care during these 'depression' times.
Cicero Unga

United States

#111 Aug 5, 2009
"....United survived a fire to its operations center about a decade ago...."
Are you sure you want these firebugs in that huge building ? Sounds dangerous.
Dave

Chicago, IL

#112 Aug 5, 2009
O-Bummer wrote:
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You're absolutely correct, Fredward. They obviosuly should've moved to a Exurb community like Wacunda & continued the unchecked sprawl.
I think you missed the last part of his sentence, and the joke, Einstein...
mchealth

Rockford, IL

#113 Aug 5, 2009
UAUA wrote:
Half of you people are idiots. It's not like the city is giving United $25 million in cash the moment they move in. It's going to come from a subset taxes that United won't have to pay -- taxes that wouldn't get paid ANYWAYS if there was no tenant in the Willis Tower space.
And for all you other **** out there, you've obviously never set foot in United Operations Center in Elk Grove. The building conditions are terrible, so bad in fact that the future talent pool United can draw from by moving locations to the city is 100x better than what they can get now. Interviewing potential new hires out there was embarrassing; please come sit in my office with my monitor from 1993.
And for all you shift workers complaining, it's not as if there is going to be traffic on the highways at 11:30pm or 6:00am that will add on three hours to your commute.
Everyone likes to start a ****storm online with pointless ramble. Talk to the employees at the UA Operations Center and I bet you'd find a lot of them wanted to move downtown years ago! when some other departments moved to 77 W Wacker.
Enough with this corporate greed BS, grow up or go ask me to sign your clipboard to save the whales outside of the L. Either way, no one of any consequence is going to listen to you.
no offense - if they have money to be "recruiting and hiring people", they can end the baggage charges and reduce airfares.

And as far as your comment about "there's not a lot of traffic at 11:30 PM or 6 AM, you are missing the stupid point - people in a tight economy are trying to conserve - driving a car becomes expensive - wear and tear, gas (which last i checked gas prices were again on the rise) and i also believe that folks who work for United have had salary decreases and pensions eliminated - i completely side with the shift workers - give them an increase in pay then to compensate for additional driving. you are a real tool!

“Go Cubs Go!”

Since: Sep 07

Homewood

#114 Aug 5, 2009
Fred wrote:
That sucks for those people that have to commute into downtown.
Have fun getting mugged, panhandled, raped, and assaulted... and that's just from the Chicago city government.
O-Bummer wrote:
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You're absolutely correct, Fredward. They obviosuly should've moved to a Exurb community like Wacunda & continued the unchecked sprawl.
^Exactly, corporate HQ's and large operation centers like United or British Petroleom (which is also moving downtown) should be centrally located to take advantage of the mass transit system we have built! It allows the company to recruit workers from the entire region and not just the NW suburbs.

And all those complaining about no transportation for 2nd and 3rd shifts, the red and blue lines operate 24 hours a day, park your cars at a commuter lot and ride the CTA downtown. The greater the population density the the higher ridership will be on the CTA and that translates to better service and better funded facilities.
Willis Tower

Golf, IL

#115 Aug 5, 2009
Why can't Chicago accept me for who I am...sigh...
Muhammad Ali

Golf, IL

#116 Aug 5, 2009
Don't worry Willis, it'll take some time but they'll eventually accept your name change.
Mister1776

Longwood, FL

#117 Aug 5, 2009
According to so called aviation expert Darryl Jenkins, people are worried that the Willis Tower might be a target. Gee, Darryl, then I guess no one should work there, or at any other of the dozens of tall buildings in Chicago or anywhere else. So much for being an expert.

The United employees are going to love working downtown. Instead of Portillo's, the Olive Garden and TGI Fridays, they can enjoy the Italian Village, The Broker's Inn and the J&C. And, not everyone that works at United lives in Elk Grove. My office was downtown for 15 years. Wish it still was. Working out here in sprawling mallville might be called a bore.
Harvey

Hampshire, IL

#118 Aug 5, 2009
Ndugu wrote:
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Spoken like someone who thinks Olive Garden is fine dining.
Pass the breadsticks, Fred.
There's plenty of good restaurants out in the suburbs or other parts of Illinois (and no, they're not chain restaurants). The foods just as good or better, and there's no high city taxes, no parking hassles, and best of all, none of the idiots that populate Chicago and live in the mistaken belief that the city is somehow superior to everything else.
UAL OCC EMPLOYEE

Downers Grove, IL

#119 Aug 5, 2009
UAL Employee wrote:
As 1of the UAL employees now effected by this... im OUTRAGED! that I had to hear about this from a newspaper first...before I heard from my company! What the hell is that all about!? Yet another ****-backwards things UAL has done to its employees this year!
As a commutor from the NWBurbs...how the hell am I suppose to get home when my shift ends at 2300? There are no trains that run from downtown all they way out to the burbs that late at night?! And HR/scheduling team members...sorry you can NO longer schedule me to get off at 2230 & expect me to return for a shift that starts at 0600.Not when I have to commute from the NW Burbs! Also you can forgot trying to give out 4hour mandatory overtime late at night also!
Why not drive my car you ask?.. because im trying to save money & wear & tare on my car..in this economically challenging times I pinch pennies wherever I can.Being some who has had their husband laid off 4times from different jobs in the last 13months..I am trying to be frugal..thats whay I would preffer to take public transpotation...sadly that doesnt look to be an option!
Why would we move so far from Ohare?From our exisitng Back Up Center?And yes currently there are 2-3hundred employees that commute from the city to elk grove to work.Well now you are talking about displacing more than a thousand workers to commute burbs to city!just so Tilton & board members can line their pockets,what about us?Thats crazy!
And what about these "new white collar jobs"? I havent heard of any new openings in UAL! I think by annoucing a downtown location they are hoping for some older folks to retire...thus "new jobs" opening.Well thats basically forced retirement!
O and hello..... why would you want to put your employees at greater risk of being a terrorist target? I know people say that Chicago wouldnt be hit..Sears/Willis Tower isnt a threat...terrorist would have to come so far inland to get to us etc... well if you put the heart of a operations center in a high rise building & gie them the opportunnity to be able to wipe out a large transportaion authority...dont you think terroist would make the extra effort?! I for one am NOT comfortable with that!
Very simple, Find another Job. You never heard people complaining when they had to commute all the way to HDQ from south Chicago or east Illinois..
We all know that this is not the best times to try and find another Job so like I said before, Set your alarm clock 20-30 mins earlier and thank god on the way out you still get a paycheck at the end of the week.
And as for no trains running after our shifts end at 2300? Drive to city, park, blue line the rest of the way and you still have a job!
InTheDark

United States

#120 Aug 5, 2009
Cassius Clay wrote:
Don't worry Willis, it'll take some time but they'll eventually accept your name change.
No, they won't.

Since: Sep 07

Chicago

#121 Aug 5, 2009
Willis Tower wrote:
Why can't Chicago accept me for who I am...sigh...
We do accept you for what you are: an imposter.
UAUA

Schaumburg, IL

#122 Aug 5, 2009
mchealth wrote:
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no offense - if they have money to be "recruiting and hiring people", they can end the baggage charges and reduce airfares.
And as far as your comment about "there's not a lot of traffic at 11:30 PM or 6 AM, you are missing the stupid point - people in a tight economy are trying to conserve - driving a car becomes expensive - wear and tear, gas (which last i checked gas prices were again on the rise) and i also believe that folks who work for United have had salary decreases and pensions eliminated - i completely side with the shift workers - give them an increase in pay then to compensate for additional driving. you are a real tool!
Yeah you're right. United should just keep all the employees it has now and they should all just work until they die, then the company will just leave the earth peacefully. There is never a need to find or hire new people. How could I forget?

Obviously you've never read an economics textbook in your life. If those people don't value their jobs as much as they would say they would then quit and find another job. It's no one's fault but their own if they don't think they are smart or qualified enough to leave United and get a job out in the suburbs where they live.

As probably the smartest commenter in this entire thread said, NO ONE IS CHAINING YOU TO YOUR DESK. If you don't like it, leave. The move makes good, fundamental economic sense for the company.

Looks like you're the tool big guy, enjoy your lunch break at the mom and pop store I'm sure you work at in Main Street, USA.
Chicagoan

Deerfield, IL

#123 Aug 5, 2009
Harvey wrote:
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"...and best of all, none of the idiots that populate Chicago and live in the mistaken belief that the city is somehow superior to everything else.
But the city IS superior to everything else! The suburbs suck!
Jeff

Waseca, MN

#124 Aug 5, 2009
Awesome news for downtown Chicago!

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