|No worries WestJet. I understand your concerns. Check your company email. I think you'll agree the terms of the wet lease are pretty restrictive. GS seems to me the smartest thing we've latched on to in a long while; he's not about to blow his opportunity here by alienating the work force.
Which brings up a slightly off-topic point I wanted to mention before I sign off for the year (fat chance!!):
We shouldn't ever lose sight of the big picture here. The reason it's such a great place to work is precisely because of the culture, which includes our working relationship with management. I believe it does take work to keep this relationship healthy, and from time to time there will be rough spots. But let's not ever get in to the mindset where we cut our nose off to spite our face.
From time to time, very rarely though, I run into the odd individual (is that enough qualifications) agitating for change. "You know, maybe the WJPA has outgrown it's effectiveness..."; that kind of stuff. While I am the eternal optimist, I don't wish to be a patsy, seeing through the world through rose colored glasses, while some slick fast talking yankee comes through the door and I'm holding a few beads in exchange for having sold the island.
So instead, I remind myself, and 'Mr/Miss Odd Individual' about how the world works in my view. What we have to remember is where we have come from. And how we got here. We got here due to trust. The company hired me trusting I would do my job, and work to better the culture. I in turn trust that our management team members will do right by the company and the culture, and right by me.
In Brick Head's world, everything won by the employee group has, no doubt, been bargained for. It is not a Trust relationship. It is a sporting event, an adversarial battle where each side looks out for the their own interests. I give you something and you give me something in return. Our world here is not like that.
Why would the company ever decide to give me, a commuter, free travel back and forth to work? Or pay for my parking passes? Did I have to give something in return? No. No No NO!
A more recent example: I get an unsolicited email from our management team one week ago advising me that this year, all pilots and FAs away over Christmas will be entitled to bring one person (of their choice) on one overnight, with confirmed return travel. Free. Did I have to bargain anything away? No. Did I ask for such a creature? No. Maybe someone did. In any event, someone in management felt it important to go above and beyond for the culture. But I think you have to keep in mind these types of workplace enhancements. And not take them for granted. Were this an adversarial arrangement, us versus them, you might have seen these types of arrangements, but only as part of a give and take, and only at negotiation time. Remember that.
The next time you're flying with someone who is agitating for a change to the working relationship, bring up these things. Challenge them. Tell them to take their industry standard stats and figures and shove it up their hole sideways, because industry standard is adversarial, and that's not how we got to where we are today. As ye sow, so shall ye reap.
So, am I worried about a this wet lease? Why would I be? JestWet will get his upgrade in time, and in time, any and all concerns will disappear.
It is about trust, my dear JestWet, and I believe it exists here.