I'm just a lowly crew scheduler at Jazz who happened upon this site while I was "busy" at work late one night. Anyways I'll be leaving the company at the end of June but before I left I just wanted to tell anyone who reads this what a pleasure it was working with you all over the past two and a half years. I'm sure I've probably been the bearer of bad news for some of you on more then a few occasions and despite of any negative feelings we may have had in the past I want you all to know that I've regarded you all with the utmost of respect. Make no mistake about it, the line of work you're in can be thankless at many times to say the least. There has been more then one occasion we're I've dreaded informing a pilot or fa of changes we had to make to their schedule. I know many of you over the past couple of years have told me that you would never want my job and I can honestly say that I would agree with you! Despite of all of that I really think that there is a decent rapport amongst us all at Jazz and no matter how much someone (management or unions) would have us think differently, we'll continue to work together as professionals in the coming years.
I know we are heading into turbulent times together and I hope that all goes well for your group as a whole. As someone who see's what you go through on a day to day basis I can honestly say that you guys and gals deserve everything you get in the upcoming negotiations. Although I've limited experience in the airline industry, what I did find out over the past couple of years is that when you become an employee of an airline you're thrust into many situations that the average "9-5 Joe" couldn't imagine in their worst nightmares. Through all of this I've had the fortune of meeting and interacting with quite a few of you whether it be limited to phone conversations or when you've had the unfortunate thrust upon you and had to walk through the one place where all "the magic happens", the SOCC centre in YHZ.
When I leave Jazz in a months time I'll look back with nothing but fond memories. The memories that I'll leave with are all going to be based upon my day to day dealings with all you folks. Like most other normal people I never looked forward to going into work. But I won't lie when I say this, I honestly looked forward to speaking with every Jazz crew member on a personal level. From the newest "807XXX" number to the wily old vets that came over from Canadian Regional, Air Atlantic, Air Ontario, Air B.C., Air Nova etc. Regardless of what stereotypes and preconceived notions came along with working in "screw sked" I always, thoroughly enjoyed the simple things and really did enjoy when I could inform a crew member that they were released, could check in later or had the day off with pay!
Whatever road you decide to take in the future I hope it treats you well! It's been nothing short of a pleasure to work with you all and I'd consider myself one lucky Cape Bretoner if I get to work with, or "hopefully travel with" you again in the future!
Crew Sked Ryan
Sad to hear you going. We've talked alot since I've been a reserve hound for a while. Best of luck in your future endevours. Thanks for making my reserve life a little easier.
Sir Winston Churchill
Best of luck wherever your next line of work takes you. And be sure to poke your head in the cockpit on any Jazz flight!