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United Airlines swaps out employee bonuses with lottery

United Airlines swaps out employee bonuses with lottery

"We announced a new internal program based on United meeting certain operational and dependability metrics as a way of offering meaningful rewards to our employees", a company spokesman said last week.

"As we look to continue improving, we took a step back and chose to replace the quarterly operational bonus and ideal attendance programs with an exciting new rewards program called "core4 Score Rewards", Kirby wrote in the memo.

Although, the quarterly bonus is separate from the airline's profit-sharing payouts, according to Inc.com, the news seems particularly jarring after Southwest Airlines and American Airlines announced in January that employees will receive a $1,000 bonus, thanks to projected savings from the new tax bill.

"So, we are pressing the pause button on these changes to review your feedback and consider the right way to move ahead", the message continued. Employee annoyance at management has festered in recent months over a decision not to award one-time cash bonuses in the wake of lucrative changes to the USA tax code.

Prior to the company's statement, an article published by Inc., highlighted some of the comments of employees on Flying Together, UAL's employee website. If it was possible I wouldn't allow my name to be released and I would give my "winnings" to the Flight Attendant AFA Cause Charity.

"Awful idea. [Current] bonus program has everyone pulling in the same direction with a common goal. This is scratching a lottery ticket", another pilot reportedly wrote. I win at the expense of tens of thousands of fellow employees?

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"I can't imagine driving the Mercedes into the employee lot while everyone around me that worked just as hard, or harder got nothing".

Ken Diaz, President of the Association of Flight Attendants at United said the decision had been made by the airline's management despite the union telling them to "reconsider the way forward".

The petition received more than 1,100 signatures before the poster, who is anonymous, commented: "I was told to take down this petition". "While we were surprised by some of the components of the program, there is no part of the reaction by flight attendants and other employees that surprises us". In one fell swoop, it is crushed again.

Some United employees pointed out that ideal attendance was required to be eligible for the new bonus system, which some employees believed meant they wouldn't be eligible if they took any sick days during the relevant quarter. "All our hard work to make this company a success if we never call in sick".

The dust-up over the bonus lottery showed that United is struggling to overcome a legacy of poor labor relations since its 2010 merger with Continental Airlines. The company has been under fire for numerous missteps including dragging a passenger off the plane in April 2017.


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