United to layoff nearly 1,200 after h...

United to layoff nearly 1,200 after holiday rush

There are 57 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 3, 2008, titled United to layoff nearly 1,200 after holiday rush. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Pink slips will soon be flying at United Airlines, which is preparing to lay off about 1,190 workers early next year, sources tell the Tribune.

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Tom from Stow

Shiner, TX

#1 Dec 3, 2008
It is amazing that most plane I have flown on lately have been jam packed with passengers and few to none are non-revs. The airlines are saying that ridership is down. Not on my flights!
Not so fast

Chicago, IL

#2 Dec 3, 2008
They are packed because there are fewer flights. The schedules are not what they once used to be.
Tenn Tuxedo

United States

#3 Dec 3, 2008
Sad.
nancy6363

Morristown, NJ

#4 Dec 3, 2008
Does this service anyone, UAL has been struggling for a long time.
concerned

Chicago, IL

#5 Dec 3, 2008
Is anyone paying attention to the planes anymore? Do they have any mechanics left? This does not inspire confidence.
CoDo

Des Plaines, IL

#6 Dec 3, 2008
but I would be willing to bet that Glen Tilton and all the other top execs and directors will be getting very large bonuses. Nothing stops those bonuses from being given out.
heywood jablome

United States

#7 Dec 3, 2008
typical united mis-management. what's next for tilton to earn more cash...merge for that platinum parachute awaiting him.
Tee Pee

Mobile, AL

#8 Dec 3, 2008
Customer service representatives at O'Hare? I didn't think they had any employees like that. There is no such thing as customer service with United. I don't know ... I see a case of blue flu coming up right before the crucial holiday travel days.
Jacob W

Buffalo Grove, IL

#9 Dec 3, 2008
Excellent time to announce this… prepare for an awful travel experience if you are flying United for the holidays, worse than the low standards they aim for currently. Employees who think they are going to lose their jobs aren't going to care how well they perform it, if they perform it at all, while waiting for the axe to fall.
hacker

Allen, TX

#10 Dec 3, 2008
Just choke - they're goin' down for once and for all.
My sympathies for all involved.
Been there!
The Truth

Chicago, IL

#11 Dec 3, 2008
Tee Pee wrote:
Customer service representatives at O'Hare? I didn't think they had any employees like that. There is no such thing as customer service with United. I don't know ... I see a case of blue flu coming up right before the crucial holiday travel days.
I hope so Tee...by the way lets keep on expanding Ohare..right into the poor house!
Droncz92

Hartford, CT

#12 Dec 3, 2008
Good they should burn!
Hmmm

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Dec 3, 2008
United wouldn't have to lay off workers if they hadn't been greedy with exorbitant fares (which they blamed on cost of fuel), charging for bsaggage (which they blamed on the cost of fuel) and cutting routes (which they blamed on the cost of fuel).

Does anyone at United see a pattern?
Bottoms up

Las Vegas, NV

#14 Dec 3, 2008
Good to see them pare down the SFO facility.United is a predominately Mid-west,Eastern company.Already has a maintence hub in Denver.Having a large maintence facility on the West coast really didn't make sense.May have gotten it with the early 50's merger with Capitol Airlines.
Unemployed

Lombard, IL

#15 Dec 3, 2008
I am sure the employees are all going to be full of Christmas cheer. Overcrowded flights. Incompetent management. Stressed passengers. Even more stressed employees who know they might not have a job after Christmas.

Merry Christmas. You are fired.

Sad.
Pat

United States

#17 Dec 3, 2008
I feel for the workers, who by the way should not be waiting around for the lay off notice, but my experiences with United has always been horrible to the point that I avoid em.
When we have to travel out of country we use one of the foreign carriers, and domestic we bite the bullet and fly Southwestern. No way we are gonna pay to be mistreated and spoken to as if we are turds.
We have some frequent flyer miles with United that we use for restaurants discounts.
Sad for the workers, but...,
Mike B

Des Plaines, IL

#18 Dec 3, 2008
I hate to be an Eyeore, but the whole airline industry is struggling. It will be interesting to see how many are still here next year.

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#19 Dec 3, 2008
Jacob W wrote:
Excellent time to announce this… prepare for an awful travel experience if you are flying United for the holidays, worse than the low standards they aim for currently. Employees who think they are going to lose their jobs aren't going to care how well they perform it, if they perform it at all, while waiting for the axe to fall.
Don't say it...no "buh byes"?
patrick

Oak Park, IL

#20 Dec 3, 2008
Just like the auto companies, even after bankruptcy, still could not make the necessary cuts. They will go down again, probably forever
Pete

Chicago, IL

#21 Dec 3, 2008
Tilton should be at the top of the layoff list. The airline can never improve with him in charge.

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