Fed up Flight Attendant!

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Fed up Flight Attendant!
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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 1:20pm

Slater (the fed up flight attendant) has become an overnight symbol of the fed-up wage slave who's just not going to take it anymore.

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 12:10pm

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I guess one could interpret it that way since he didn't utter the words "I quit", but it seems to me that his actions spoke those words for him. It reminds me of people that commit "suicide by cop". Rather than kill themselves, they force the police to take deadly action against them. Rather than quit, this guy is practically forcing his employers to fire him. Plus there is no way that he'll ever be able to list them as a job reference and he's famous nationwide for losing it on the job, which after 28 years of working for one employer probably leaves him with a bit of a conundrum if he's job-seeking after this.

I would have loved to have been on that flight to see it all, though, LOL.












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Registered: 04-22-2005
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 12:16pm

Given his seniority, it's possible that his salary may have fallen somewhere in the top 25% ($49,910 - $65,350).

From the Occupational Outlook Handbook:
"Median annual wages of flight attendants were $35,930 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $28,420 and $49,910. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,580, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $65,350."

I'm not saying that he did earn that much, just that it's easily within the realm of possibility.












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Registered: 06-24-2008
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 12:20pm
I wouldn't assume anything.



So you can't say if you think it is likely that he has jeopardized his future earning potential?




This is not the first time someone has done something and they don't go on with their lives.



I wasn't saying it was the first time for something.



You are aware that flight Attendants do not make much money, correct?



Define "not much money" please. Flight attendant salaries can range from a low of less than $18,090 to a high of more than $83,630 (source). Not bad for a job that typically only requires a high school diploma or GED. Salaries are reportedly based "almost entirely" on seniority and this guy had been one for 20 years. So I'd imagine he was not on the lower end. Since just threw away a 20 year career in a very well publicized event, and no longer looks like a great candidate for working with the public anymore, might be facing an easy conviction (he hasn't denied doing stealing or damaging property, he's on record with reporters and there were many witnesses), I'd say his earning potential has taken a big hit. It doesn't really matter than entry level flight attendants really don't make much money.

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 12:38pm

I think he is a folk hero right now and for the next 15 minutes. That is the point. He put it to the man (Jet Blue) who is rich and powerful and he is being idolized by common people - everybody who wishes that they had the balls to tell their boss or a rude customer off.


Most common people can't because they will get fired, have to hire a lawyer, etc.


The way I see it is he did not do his job 1 time out of 28 years of experience. I have been a manager for over 10 years and I have had staff snap on coworkers, customer, etc. If it is a pattern their gone but if they have been a faithful employee I don't ax them the way JetBlue

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 12:39pm
He has not quit his job.



Announcing over the PA system that one is quitting, stealing from one's employer and damaging property to the tune of $25,000 on the way out the door doesn't constitute quitting one's job???



Other people have been convicted for things worse and have gone on with their lives.



I didn't say he wouldn't go on with his life. I said it's likely his earning potential and ability to get a different job has taken a big hit.

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 12:43pm
He'd have to be fairly stupid not to be able to parlay this stunt into at least 250K in appearance fees, licensing fees, and paid interviews.....



He might not be able to do that, despite how smart or not smart he is. Appearance fees? What will he be appearing for? How to quit your job in the most obnoxious and damaging way, and get arrested right after?

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 12:45pm

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Announcing over the PA system that one is quitting, stealing from one's employer and damaging property to the tune of $25,000 on the way out the door doesn't constitute quitting one's job???


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Registered: 06-24-2008
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 12:49pm
I guess one could interpret it that way since he didn't utter the words "I quit", but it seems to me that his actions spoke those words for him.



The article says he announced it over the PA system.

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 1:16pm

And they have not officially said he was fired either.

Again, people have gone on to work at other jobs even after things they have done in the past.

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 1:19pm

http://www.flightattendantcareer.com/faq.htm

What kind of salary do flight attendants make?

Flight Attendant income varies from airline to airline. The pay ranges from about $13.00-$40.00 per flight hour or more. Most airlines have in place a monthly guarantee which ranges between 65-80 flight hours. The Flight Attendant is paid the guarantee whether he/she actually works those hours or not. Most new hire flight attendants will earn between $16,000-23,000 and may eventually earn up to $75,000 per year. Actual pay per hour is dependent upon years of service and any special qualifications the Flight Attendant may have on board the aircraft. Flight Attendants also receive a special per diem for each hour spent away from home. This per diem is in place to cover meals and other expenses. With each year of service comes an increase in salary.

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