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Comments

N9

53. Bicycle to work.

Good advice for people about to have no work to bike to. Thanks for posting this. It's great motivation to develop revenue sources outside the traditional workplace!

dra

You forgot the tried and time tested one,

"Let them eat cake."

Or as Abe Lincoln quoted them:
"You make your bread and I'll eat it."

Izzy

Are you serious? If this is the type of garbage suggestions given by Northwest Airlines to its soon-to-be-former-employees, I dare say NWA has a lot to learn still. And if their CEO would say: hey, I will take $1 for a year's wage so that we can keep some people on the payroll, I assure you employees would think far more of their employer and the people at the top.

As it is, I think it's not only tasteless, but quite rude, to have expended the kind of money they paid to this contractor to come up with such nonsense. If NWA employees want good advice, may I suggest network with your family, friends and other people in your industry, and, of course, consider retraining. All far better options than dumpster-diving, consignment shopping, coupon clipping and things that really won't bring revenue when a paycheck is no longer forthcoming.

Frank Pierce

I can't believe that the CEO and the President of NWA should be able keep their job after such a insulting suggestion to their employees. I don't believe that they should get a golden handshake either.

Scottie

Tip Number 101

Fire the person who came up with the dumbest "motivation" ever.
Tip Number 102

Cut the CEO and their partners pay to thirty thousand a year, make them get rid of their nice cars, homes, and retirement funds, then give the profits to all the employees they are getting rid of.

Patrick Butler

Pulling things out of the trash, eh? Like UNUSED Northwest Plane Tickets and/or Boarding Passes? Or those ads for NEAS? What an idea for toilet paper, eh?

Patrick Butler

“08-23-2006: AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A U.S. Northwest Airlines plane bound for Mumbai was turned back to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Wednesday accompanied by Dutch fighter planes due to worrying passenger behavior, officials said.” I guess those cost cutting measures can be really frightening when the passengers find out Northwest didn’t have enough money for fuel even after implementing all those cost cutting measures they recently published.

PAUL MYERS

FOUND THIS TO BE A USEFUL APPROACH TO FRUGALITY THAT ALL WASTE HOUNDED AMERICANS COULD LEARN FROM. WE MUST TRY TO HALT OUR MORE IS BETTER MIND SET. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

josephine spitzer

I'm sorry some people were offended because there are so many good ideas that would help in times of short cash. I'm reminded of many smart things I just forgot in times of plenty. Thanks for sharing!!

wix

As someone who tries to live as simply and inexpensively as possible, I recognize a lot of these suggestions in my everyday behavoir.

They're great for people who are looking for ways to cut back, either out of necessity or out of wishing to live a different lifestyle, but truly inappropriate when placed in the same packet as information regarding a layoff.

Having been laid off and receiving a very similar set of 'helpful hints' with my severance paperwork, I can tell you that what might be an "oh, good idea!" moment by the light of day is not the same moment when you're faced with the loss of your livelihood and career.

Kim

If a person did only half of these things, their lives would be too busy to find another job. The benefits of all the services that we pay for are the reason employees can work longer hours, increase production and make more money for the companies. Does NWA really think they can have it both ways? I mean, didn't all these companies get a HUGE aid package after 9/11 to keep them afloat? If the CEOs mismanaged that, then why should they be paid so high for their poor performance?

If NWA does bankrupt itself, watch. New airlines will miraculously appear, buy out the NWA planes at a low cost (on our taxpayer dime), hire non-union employees at a siginifcantly reduced rate - make loads of cash, and all investors and economic analysts will praise them as an example of a good business - meanwhile EVERYONE except the owners pay for the debt that was created at NWA.

Q: Where is the accountability at the higher levels?
A: There is none because our bankruptsy laws allow them to just transfer millions of dollars of debt onto the shoulders of their employees and the tax payers. If we don't hold them accounable, why should they be?

Garet

Thanks for the list of money saving ideas. Watching for useful stuff in neighbors trash is a great way to save money. Most Americans are extremely wasteful and many throw away perfectly good stuff without even considering calling Goodwill to pick it up or drop it of themselves.

Arthur Chaparyan

Tip #102:
Find another job... because you're fired.


A great way of wrapping up the list and letting people know they are fired at the same time.

Gil

Interesting how the people who could most use the advice seem to be the ones most ready to reject it.

Justine

I like how some of you are mad at Northwest and I do feel for the employees who will lose their jobs but what everyone everywhere does not understand is that Northwest is right you have to prepare yourself for finanical setbacks it's not your companies,families,friends, and the government to help you out STOP CRYING AND START LEARNING TO THINK FOR YOURSELF STOP ACTING LIKE EVERYONE SHOULD BE DOING STUFF FOR YOU YOU SHOULD BE DOING STUFF FOR YOUR SELF.

Richie B/New York

I worked for NWA over 20 years ago, I see the company hasn't changed. It was trash then.......many I've talked with since I left report the same crap year after year. I've worked for other airlines, airline management is the same no matter what the carrier.....crisis management. This is if you don't know, wait until a problem gets out of hand, then blame the staff and try to cover things up. I'm in a non airline job now, management still has their heads in the clouds. The best thing to do: Keep your mouth shut, vote union and try to retire with some $$$. As for management suggesting the staff make sacrifices, when the staff sees management set the example, then everyone follow suit. As for the rest of this newsletter, frankly my dear I don't give a damn. Good luck to all the blue collar workers.....hint: get some better paying jobs outside the industry. The airlines are not 'God'.....

Vic

Have the high-rolling NWA executives tried these 101 ways to cut expenses or are these suggestions only for others? Interesting the concessions the rank-and-file employees always need to make to keep the fat cats rolling in dough. The execs are the only ones who think they are so deserving of big salaries. The caste system is alive and well in Corporate America.

Joe

Is that list a joke? I am not talking about who sent it out or why, but it contains several grammer, spelling and formatting errors. It is something that I would expect a small non-profit program to release who caters to the underprivilige. I would not expect it from a fortune 500 company or someone representing a fortune 500 company.

Katy

They canvassed Northwest Airlines' vice-presidents who practise these 101 tips themselves. How do you think it got to be such an efficiently run airline in the first place? (Grrrrrrr.....)

Bruce Ward

Wake up out there.These people are serious.We are going to be a third world country in 50 years,and we have no one to blame except our selves.My observations tell me there is no difference in our 2 parties except a few small differences like abortion and the death penalty.I have voted Republican for 25 years starting with Reagan which in retrospect was the beginning of the end.All we can do is hope that someone will step forward like FDR and look at the plight of working people in this country and try to do something to help.At this point the fox is guarding the hen house and unless something is done to stop the shipping of our jobs off shore and South our Grandchildren really have alot to look forward to.It appears that the rich are not content with being rich they want to be FILTHY RICH.Don't share any in any way instead suggest that folks grubb out of dumpsters.I don't have the answers but people better wake up and ask alot of questions and start taxing the HELL out of corporaions that take jobs out or bring goods in.Without manufacturing we are in deep DOO DOO.I am a capitalist but we have set on our asses and let our leaders take us in way the wrong direction.Hope these words will ring a bell.My family worked for Consolidated Freightways another rich gonna be filthy rich sell out.Good luck to all the Southwest employees.

The Boss

"Someday you will look back on this and say, 'That was the best thing that ever happened to me.'"

joe carnett

the ones at the top stole it all, with big pay,
big big fat retirement , stocks and their opions there is no money for you little people that work with your hands and back,we at the top should get it all we got the brains, now get out there an vote for OUR friends at the GOP.

john gender

Lets all try to boycott NWA see how long they last then..

joe carnett

well if the GOP get in again there will be no jobs left anyway. who said let them eat cake, well that the GOP reply to the working people of the U.S.A. .i say vote them fat basters out of office an get this contry back. they let compays steal your pensons,health, an your kids life to come. GOD BLESS YOU ALL THAT WORK WITH YOUR BACK

CantMakeItHereAnymore

AS A FURLOUGHED PILOT AFTER 911, I CAN RELATE TO THE SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS WITH OUR COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES. NOT MANY GOOD JOBS LEFT IN AMERICA ANYMORE. THE MAJOR AIRLINES IN AMERICA EXCEPT FOR SOUTHWEST AND JETBLUE ARE LOSERS. THE MAJOR AIRLINES ARE ENDING THE GLORY DAYS OF HIGH PILOT PAY. INSTEAD THE MAJOR AIRLINES ARE SPINNING UP SMALLER REGIONAL AIRLINES SUCH AS DELTA CONNECTION, CONTINENTAL CONNECTION,AND NORTWESTS, PINNACLE AIRLINES. THESE REGIONAL AIRLINES ARE DESTROYING SALARIES FOR PILOTS,FLIGHT ATTENDANTS,AVIATION MECHANICS,GROUND SUPPORT,etc.
MOST OF THESE REGIONALS ARE PAYING PILOTS LESS THAN $20.00 PER HOUR OF FLIGHT TIME WITH A GUARANTEE OF ONLY 80 HOURS PER MONTH. THAT IS JUST SICK!!!!!!!!!PILOTS SHOULD BE PAID WHAT THEY ARE WORTH BASED ON EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING. THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IN THE USA WITH REGIONAL AIRLINES HIRING THE LOW FLIGHT TIME PILOTS RIGHT OUT OF FLIGHT SCHOOL, TYPICALLY WITH ONLY 250 HOURS OF MULTIENGINE TIME OR LESS. THAT IS JUST PLANE SCARY!!!! WITH THE RECENT COMAIR #5191 CRASH IN KENTUCKY THIS SHOULD BE A WAKE UP CALL FOR THE FLYING PUBLIC IN AMERICA. ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN, BUT WHY SHOULD THE MAJOR AIRLINES ADVERTISE THEIR BRAND NAME WHEN WE AS THE FLYING PUBLIC ARE SUBJECTED TO INFERIOR SERVICE AND TRUST. WHY SHOULD THESE MAJOR AIRLINES AND REGIONAL SUBSIDIARIES BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE HIRING YOUNG KIDS TO FLY US AROUND? ARE THEY SO GREEDY THAT THEY WILL COMPROMISE SAFETY TO SAVE ON HIRING QUALIFIED OLDER WISER PILOTS? HOW MUCH IS YOUR LIFE WORTH? WOULD YOU TRUST YOURSELF TO BE CUT UP BY A SURGEON WITH LITTLE OR NO EXPERIENCE? I DO NOT THINK SO!
IT IS A VERY SAD COMMENT ON OUR GOVERNMENT TO ALLOW AGENCIES LIKE THE FAA TO ALLOW THESE KINDS OF LOW STANDARDS TO CONTINUE. IN ADDITION THE UNITED STATES STILL CONTINUES TO TRAIN FOREIGN PILOTS AND HIRE FOREIGN PILOTS FROM EUROPE AND OTHER COUNTRIES AS LONG AS THEY PASS HOMELAND SECURITY BACKGROUND CHECKS AND HOLD A GREEN CARD.
THIS IS ANOTHER MAJOR PROBLEM FOR AMERICAN EMPLOYMENT. WHY IS IT THAT THE USA ALLOWS THESE AVIATION WORKERS TO WORK CHEAP IN AMERICA TO GET THE EXPERIENCE AND THEN LEAVE FOR EUROPE OR THEIR HOMELAND WHERE AMERICAN PILOTS CAN NOT WORK, WHY?
I CAN NOT WORK AS A PILOT IN THE EUROPEAN UNION, SO WHY SHOULD WE ALLOW THEM TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES?

SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG IN AMERICA. I FEEL LIKE A FOREIGNER IN MY OWN LAND!

ANY COMMENTS?

Jay Kahrs

It's amazing...

But maybe not.

Someone should remind the CEO's and top brass at these companies that without their employees, they'll have NOTHING to manage.

Yes.

Dark days indeed.

How about we all start taking trains again? Who needs the airlines?

WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

Carn Dias

Has anyone considered that the reason they're losing their jobs is because they did a poor job to begin with?

Anyone who who has flown "Northworst" recently will have little sympathy. Here's to all the surly, lying Northwest employees for leaving me stranded for 14 hours in Detroit, then putting us on a plane where we got to sit on the tarmac for another 3 hours -- Enjoy being jobless!!! I'll be on Continental...

joe carnett

carns dias, you don`t think Continenal not next, them fat basters at the top of almost all the companys in the USA are a bunch of crooks, you think your grass cutting job going to last. you will be eating it,you nut.

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Winston

These are suggestions on how to save money. The employees (and the audience in this blog) should be thankful that the NWA administration shares their ideas.

Much as I'd like to see all NWA employees get their positions back, I am not in the position to do so. But I admire the administration for at least sympathizing with their employees in this matter.

I also have a resource to share. It's a short, concise article about saving : http://www.siakoi.com/business/shopping/random-money-saving-tips.html

Robert

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Albert

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Its funny to me when people suggest that the CEOs and the like have pay cuts down to that of even less than their employees. True, some of these get over the top ridiculous pay, but they definitely deserve a higher pay grade. They accept added stress, risk, and get the hatred of everyone, apparently.

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