Tue, Jul 15, 2008
Some 1,200 Workers To Lose Jobs By September
Midwest Airlines said this week it
will be the latest carrier to drastically slash its workforce,
announcing plans to reduce employee ranks at Midwest Airlines and
its Skyway subsidiary by about 1,200 jobs, or 40 percent of current
The majority of the jobs affected are related to the airline's
previously announced decision to remove its 12-plane MD-80 fleet
from service this fall, as well as other schedule adjustments to be
"In order to successfully restructure, there is no way to avoid
deep and painful reductions to our current workforce," said Timothy
E. Hoeksema, chairman and chief executive officer. "We will go
about this task with compassion and dignity. Midwest has always
been a place where employees take care of one another -- in times
that are good and in times that are hard. Perhaps more than any
other time in our history, we must hold true to this value."
The company was to begin notifying affected employees Monday.
The reductions will take the form of furloughs or position
eliminations, depending on job function. The reductions are spread
throughout the airline's flight operations, inflight, operations,
maintenance and general administrative functions. The effective
date of the reductions will vary by job function, but most will
take place no later than mid-September.
Midwest is also continuing talks this week with the Airline
Pilots Association and the Association of Flight Attendants, the
labor organizations that represent its pilots and flight
attendants, to reach agreements on concessions necessary to reduce
the airline's cost structure.
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