Employees 'Almost United' in Hating United's New Idea
Company will scrap quarterly bonuses, roll out $100K lottery instead
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2018 8:25 AM CST

  • The rank and file: Employees aren't reacting warmly. Bloomberg quotes the president of United’s flight dispatchers union as saying, "we all want to win, but this program doesn't encourage a team approach to winning. No team-oriented reward should be dictated by lottery."
  • More reaction: In an Inc. piece titled, "United Airlines' President Just Showed How Not to Talk to Employees (and Now They're Mad as Hell)," Chris Matyszczyk writes that he's heard from "appalled" flight attendants, and parses the language used in Kirby's memo, for instance, "rewards program." He writes, "What does that remind you of? Why, frequent flyer miles. And what has happened to those miles over recent years? Why, they've become significantly devalued. Might this give you a clue to what's on United's mind here?"
  • More reaction II: Boarding Area reports a Change.org petition airing a long list of grievances was started by United flight attendants and racked up about 1,000 signatures in three hours. The petition was then shut down, with Boarding Area (which reprints it in full) speculating "United pressured the flight attendant to halt" it. Among the listed complaints: "Now, we need to not be sick in order to be eligible for the new awards program. This is disconcerting. Flu season is in full force and we do see colleagues coming to work sick already, when they should be at home in bed."

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