Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Northwest advised workers to see treasure in trash�|�US News�|�Reuters.com

Northwest advised workers to see treasure in trash�|�US News�|�Reuters.com

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bankrupt Northwest Airlines advised workers to fish in the trash for things they like or take their dates for a walk in the woods in a move to help workers facing the ax to save money.

The No. 5 U.S. carrier, which has slashed most employees' pay and is looking to cut jobs as it prepares to exit bankruptcy, put the tips in a booklet handed out to about 50 workers and posted for a time on its employee Web site.

The section, entitled "101 ways to save money", does not feature in new versions of the booklet or the Web site.

Northwest spokesman Roman Blahoski said some employees who received the handbook had taken issue with a couple of the items. "We agree that some of these suggestions and tips ... were a bit insensitive," Blahoski told Reuters.

The four-page booklet, "Preparing for a Financial Setback" contained suggestions such as shopping in thrift stores, taking "a date for a walk along the beach or in the woods" and not being "shy about pulling something you like out of the trash."

The booklet was part of a 150-page packet to ground workers, such as baggage handlers, whose jobs will likely be cut after their union agreed to allow the airline to outsource some of their work, Blahoski said.


Anonymous said...

I've read that it was two pages, I read that it was a four-page booklet. Whatever it was I DEFINITELY WANT TO SEE A COPY OF IT.

Why hasn't anybody got it and posted it yet. I really want to see what the Management, Executive and & outsourced PR Professionals consider acceptable living standards for "those" people intended to receive the information.

How much are THEY sacrificing, having to go without, DOING without . . . - what do you THINK?

Scott said...

I'm sure the executives are much better off than the workers. That's why people go to school and work hard to become executives, because it's a better life. Of course executives have less time for their families, but that's the trade off they make. If they didn't make more money than the general workers, who would want to be an executive? And with no executives, the companies that supply the workers with money would go bankrupt, and all those people would be unemployed. Greed is good!