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View Full Version : Who wants to work at Skybus?!


ToiletDuck
09-25-2007, 06:33 PM
Watch out... Looks like they'll ship their employees anywhere.

http://www.king5.com/business/storie...86 63c9c.html

08:18 PM PDT on Monday, September 24, 2007


By ROB PIERCY / KING 5 News


BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- A company that provides customer service and baggage handlers for Skybus airlines is accused of bouncing employee paychecks.

In the last few weeks, many of those service agents and baggage handlers have walked off the job and they say that could mean problems for passengers
When Skybus began daily flights into Bellingham, passengers were excited because ten seats on each and every flight are just $10.

It was shortly after Skybus started flying that Andrew Ward says there were problems. Ward was an employee of Pacific Western Aviation, the company handling baggage and customer service for Skybus in Bellingham.

"My paychecks just constantly started leaving my bank account, put me at a negative 200-something dollar balance," said Ward.

"You can't not pay your workers. It's absolutely ridiculous," said Jon Fox, another former worker. He tried taking his paychecks directly to Pacific Western Aviation's bank to cash them.

"There were a couple weeks where I went every other day and they said insufficient funds every time," said Fox.

Several workers got fed up and quit. Since then, they say it's been a bare bones operation with not enough workers to handle baggage and customers. They say it might not be long before there's no one doing those jobs, leaving Skybus in trouble.

"They just need to act really fast or it's going to affect them a lot," said Ward.

But a spokesperson for Skybus tells KING 5 News service shouldn't be affected and that the airline is prepared to send people from its headquarters in Ohio if necessary.

We spoke with a manger at Pacific Western Aviation who says the company is direct depositing money into the bank accounts of former employees. Remaining employees will be paid with cashiers checks. The manager also assured us there will be no disruption in service to passengers.

A spokesperson for Pacific Western Aviation says the company wasn't paid by another airline it used to work for and that's what led to the bounced checks.


NGINEWHOISWHAT
09-25-2007, 07:00 PM
Watch out... Looks like they'll ship their employees anywhere.

http://www.king5.com/business/storie...86 63c9c.html


Amazing story. Thanks for posting. It's not Skybus that's not able to pay its bills, but the company that handles their bags. It still spells trouble and negative press for Skybus.

Tom

ToiletDuck
09-25-2007, 07:38 PM
Amazing story. Thanks for posting. It's not Skybus that's not able to pay its bills, but the company that handles their bags. It still spells trouble and negative press for Skybus.

Tom

I know that but one hand washes the other. If the ground crews won't work the airline there won't work. I'm based in CMH and ride the employee bus with their crews and from what they say they don't have the man power to send anyone anywhere. They are already all pulling OT.


RobLAX
09-25-2007, 08:46 PM
What do you expect from Skybus? People act surprised.

Thedude
09-25-2007, 09:21 PM
I think it might be a much shorter ride than expected

captjns
09-26-2007, 12:14 AM
I think it might be a much shorter ride than expected

How's that? SB is paying remitting payment to their vendors for services renderred.

Every airline that services outlying airports ala Itchy Butt NM has or has had the same problems as PWA... not limited to baggage handling either.

Same airline different paint job.

Schnides
09-27-2007, 09:11 PM
What do you expect from Skybus? People act surprised.


This had nothing to do with Skybus....

Alex
09-27-2007, 09:20 PM
their uniforms make them look like park rangers...whoever came up with them should be shot.

crewdawg52
09-28-2007, 06:22 AM
This had nothing to do with Skybus....

No, but it reflexs on them. What are they going to tell the pax when their bags are'nt there? "It's not our fault. It's another company that handles the bags. Go to them?"

hjs1971
09-28-2007, 06:31 AM
Wait a minute, plenty of airlines use other companies (usually other airlines) to handle their baggage duties...that's not unique to Skybus. Same with catering, almost nobody has in house catering anymore and I don't hear F/A's blaming a lack of cokes on somebody else...

328dude
09-28-2007, 07:00 AM
Good point hjs. Beside's SWA, who else has their own in house baggage and catering? Just curious.

captjns
09-28-2007, 07:21 AM
No, but it reflexs on them. What are they going to tell the pax when their bags are'nt there? "It's not our fault. It's another company that handles the bags. Go to them?"

Yes... being the fact that it is out of your control and your F/As are the ones who interface with the passengers the majority of the time. Just be honest and thats it.