Northwest Trimming Handlers Paychecks

As if baggage delays and maltreatment weren’t bad enough already, baggage handlers may soon even have less of an incentive for your luggage to arrive with all its Vuitons on its Louis.

Northwest Airlines is considering an 11.5% in handlers wages, saving the airline $87 million a year. A tentative accord, which must still be voted on by union members, eliminates 719 jobs and reduces vacation and holiday time, reported the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the worker’s union, on its website.

“The negotiating committee unanimously recommends ratification of the agreement to avoid the elimination of our contract,” said IAM District 143 President Bobby DePace. “We are not recommending ratification because the terms are favorable, but because the alternative is worse.”

Next up: baggage handlers eliminated, airlines introduce load-it-yourself air travel.

Baggage Handlers Face 11.5% Pay Cut” [Chicago Tribune]

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  1. Drinker Nisti says:

    No no– next up will be the elimination of baggage entirely.

  2. $87 million a year huh? Imagine how much they could save if they gave an 11.5% pay cut to the people who are actually responsible for the situation that Northwest is in, aka the Board of Directors…

  3. SharkJumper says:

    I would love load-it-yourself air travel. I could be positive that my luggage was on the same plane I was on. I’d be reasonably sure that my hands were the only ones that had touched my extra underwear since I left the house that morning. I could set it gently in the compartment rather than flinging it around like it was in a sorority-house pillow fight.