ok, for all the Frontier employees that are concerned about senority if SWA wins this auction process and acquires your airline, if i remember correctly, here is the way it went with the
Morris Air Acquisition, every one that wanted an interview got one, every one that got hired at SWA from Morris had a starting date at SWA at the time they were hired by SWA, if multiple employees were hired on the same day for a certain dept.( i.e. inflight, pilot, ramp, csa, etc.) the senority date starts on your date of hire and in alphbetical order of all the employees hire on that date. SWA operated Morris as Morris for over a year while shutting them down, all the employees that still operated Morris through this process were already hired by SWA and on the senority list and accrueing senority in their respective department at SWA while this process was in place, it was not an overnight deal, it took a lot of Morris employees a lenghty amount of time to shut down Morris air, BUT, they were already "technically" SWA employees from the time of their hire date at SWA and acrueing SWA senority during the shut down process. i hope this clears up some of your issues and it may not be the same in this case, but probably will as it will take a couple of years to phase out frontier, so rest assured, a large percentage of you will be hired at SWA if this goes through and those that are will start accrueing senority at SWA on that hire date even if you stay with frontier until SWA ceases all Frontier operations and as they shut down Frontier they will be growing Denvers base, including inflight, maintenance and pilots, so most of you guys will not ever have to leave denver, there really is not a large group of current SWA employess willing to relocate to denver, a lot of the current denver base employees were hired in denver, so relax and welcome aboard, it really is the best for your employees and airline regarding its curren situation, every one knows about your sacrifices and hardships you have had to endure and applaud you for your dedication and hard work that you guys have put into trying to revive your airline after its bankruptcy filing, hands down, you did a terrific job and the numbers prove it, you took SWA on and held your own, something a lot of the big airlines have not been able to do, SWA needs your type of dedication and commitment and your passion, you will be rewarded for your efforts at SWA, they did not get to be where they are by not taking care of their people. Bottom line, you are up for auction and the highest bidder will win, but relax, you will be given a great oppurtunity to work for a grat company, and knowing SWA like i do, if this does go through, i can predict that a new 737NG will roll out of seattle painted with frontiers animals all over it and dedicated to all you guys that stood so proud and fought so hard for your beloved airline, that is just the way SWA operates. Your actions did not lose the battle, unfortunately it was out of your hands from early on, but you stood proud and fought anyway and that is why you will be hired at SWA
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It is such a shame to read all the SWA bashing that has been going on since the announcement has been made about SWA's interest in Frontier Airlines, mostly by Frontier employees who are "understandably" in fear of their jobs, but even with that being said, enough is enough, SWA provides employment for 35000+ people all over this country and did not get to this status by making irrational and uneducated decisions when it comes to what is best for SWA, if SWA wants Frontiers assets, you can bet it is in their best interest to obtain those assets and they most likely will get them as the creditors will be more interested in getting back some of the losses they have had to endure due to Frontiers bankruptcy, they are not concerned about the animals on the tails or the people that put them there, they want back as much of their investment as possible, its a business decision, thats all, no one is trying to hurt anyones feelings and it does not matter how Frontier got to be in this position, what matters is someone is interested in buying all or part of those assets and they will go to the highest bidder.
To the people that keep comparing the Morris Air "buy-out" to this "auction" really need to research the facts, as i recall SWA bought Morris Air outright with SWA stock, a whole different type of deal as Morris Air was not in bankruptcy and not even on the market, but SWA saw an opportunity to acquire the assets and made a deal with the owners and stock-holders on the purchase of Morris Air (not the employees) but also agreed to interview and hire as many of Morris's employees that were willing to work for SWA, once again, it was a business decision. The majority of the Morris employees that did not get hired on at SWA were the ones that were not willing to relocate to another city and chose to seek employment elsewhere so they would not have to relocate there family's, so lets be honest here Frontier employees, are you willing to relocate? because if you are and if you have even a sub-standard employment record at Frontier, SWA will give you a chance to shine, do not bring your bad attitude or hurt feelings with you as it will be recognized easily, bring with you your luv for your airline and the class that you all are so proud of and you will be rewarded ten-fold, yes a lot of you will probably have to relocate and that is hard on anyone, especially if you have roots and family ties in denver, but your home will only be a SWA flight away and only a matter of time before you get back to denver, with this acquisition, also means a lot more SWA positions to be filled in denver and only a handful of current SWA employees willing to relocate to denver to fill them, so rest assured, Frontier is going away no matter what, Republic is not your saviour and even if SWA does not acquire Frontiers assets, Republic Airways is only a crutch for Frontier. Embrace SWA's culture as it is along the same lines as yours and when you get up in the morning to go to work, know your working for a company that has not only shown a profit for eight consecutive months, but for 34 consecutive years.
Denver may not be performing to SWA's expectations right now, but with the addition of 24 more gates and the dedication of SWA current and future employees, they will be the leader in low cost airfare at denver and that is the "Southwest Effect", and if United had the money or assets to bid on Frontiers assets, they would do the same as they know what is in store for the denver market and the 'Southwest Effect" is ultimately better for all the flying public as it drives airfares to the lowest cost possible.
On another note, SWA employees are the highest paid in the industry and have never had to suffer through concessions or furloughs, even after 911 when all the other airlines started laying off their employees and using that as an excuse to ask for concessions and use the "bad times" as the reason, SWA has a rule that they always adhere strictly to, which is something we have all been taught all our lives, SAVE FOR A RAINY DAY AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ABLE TO WEATHER THE STORM, and that is exactly why they are not just an airline but a family who takes care of each other and NO, i am not an SWA employee but i am married to a 22 year employee of SWA and would go or do whatever was needed to make SWA successful, they have always been here for my family and have provided very well for my family and Yes, they are also my family.
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