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BigDave

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Heared a rumor that Greats Lakes is starting to hire new FOs, any truth to this?
 

Twotter76

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I jumped on them about 2 weeks ago and the FO said they were hiring. Dont know of they are still upgrading as fast as they used to be though.
 

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How is life at the lakes these days. It seems that people think they are going to fail? What kind of times are competitive?
 

CaptBuzzard

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I sent them a resume about two weeks ago and then discovered a couple of days ago that they don't accept resumes via mail anymore. You have to submit an online application and it costs you $28. I figured why not give it a shot. I have well above their posted minimums and want a 121 job. My wife just wants me to get a job anywhere. My instructing job is a dead end. It has been extremely slow except for a few students that keep me going. I know Lakes doesn't pay much, but at this point, I would be doing better a Lakes than what I am doing now. If anyone needs their website here it is:

www.greatlakesav.com

Good luck!
 

CaptBuzzard

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I have a question for any of you Lakers out there.

Are there contract negotiations going on right now. I though I read somewhere that the contract is overdue. Any insight?
 

Vinman

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CaptBuzzard,

I was able to get out of Lakes a few months ago, but here was the last contract stuff, any updates from current Lakers please shout.

In Nov. of 1997, a Teamsters contract was signed that did not bode well for the pilots. Unfortunately, the pilots pulled a stupid stunt to get Mgmt to pay attention to them. This most likely led to some concessions by the pilot group to get a lot of pilots rehired with no letter of reprimand in their files. The contract that was signed was a three year deal and if you can do the quick math, that was up in Nov 2000 with the last cost of living increase in Nov 1999 (ie you still get annual pay increases, but they are at a 1999 pay level). With Lakes' financial position, a new contract probably won't have much of an increase because Mgmt can claim that they are already pretty bad off. The Union waited a while to get a federal mediator appointed which should have finally happened earlier this year, but negotiations keep dragging on slowly, mostly (and I don't blame them) because pilot reps keep leaving for better jobs. This leaves the pilot side of negotiations weak and so not much gets accomplished.

I hope this helps, and "Once a Laker, Always a Laker."
 

CaptBuzzard

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That makes sense. It would be nice even if they gave their pilots a $2.00/hr raise to begin with. Might make things a little easier. I know Lakes isn't the greatest place on the face of the earth, but believe me, it sounds better than what I am doing now which is basically nothing. The flight school I am working at hired a $h.t load of new instructors in the last couple of months. A few were furloughed pilots from some airlines. It was slow to begin with but now for me at least my hours are diminishing fast per month. I can't go anywhere else, because no one else is hiring. One good thing though is as soon as my student's twin is out of annual, it's time to get another 100-200 hours of multi this summer. I would rather be getting the time in a mighty beech though.

Does anyone know if they are really hurting for FO's right now. I keep hearing that. Their posted minimums are low and I have just over 1100tt, and 200 multi. I would hope that I would get a call from them. Anyone have anymore info on current hiring?

Thanks,

CaptBuzzard
 

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Capt B, Lakes is hiring now and we are short on FO's there is a new hire class right now, I just met a few of them, they are the guys and one gal that were interviewed last year before we shut down training. there is also a class planned for July and Aug that I know of. We are in contract negs. but I wouldn't hold my breath. This isn't the place to retire but it is a place to get a lot of 121 time. your hours seem to be competitive and should land you an interview. now You need to call and bug them for the chance. If it is so bad here, how come the furloughed UAL guys are coming back asking for their old jobs back? It's not that bad as long as you expect to get your monthly sched and throw it out and wait for the JR manning. You'll fly a lot, we did just get a memo out for the July flights showing a slowdown of Number of flights but we'll maintain the same # of aircraft. I think this is just to get the loads a little heavier. Things are looking up a wee bit. good luck.
 

CaptBuzzard

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I did the online app. Who do I bug to get an interview?

Thanks,

CaptBuzzard
 

Cornelius

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Negotiations are still going on and their is a meeting at the end of June with a federal mediator. If things don't go well and there is no agreement there will more than likely be a cooling off period for a couple months. The pilot group is trying to get more involved/stronger and there are about 7 new commitees for the union. The main things that we want changed is pay, per diem, jr manning, schedules, and commuter clause. I'm sure I'm missing a few things but thats all I know.

We are planning on getting 2 more 1900s on line possibly in July and increasing the number of flights on a couple of routes.

As far as classes, one just finished yesterday and there is a new one starting June 20th. I haven't heard of any classes after June and I've talked to HR about that.
 

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Jim, pay no attention to the man behind the cutain. We haven't been able to use vouchers at DIA for ever. Hey, I see you were a NFO in a p-3 squadron.....what squadron? I was VP-22
 

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I continue to read posts about Lakes being in contract negotiations. Negotiating is when two or more parties meet and discuss opposing sides. This does not happen because the IBT and GLA are not negotiating. Instead, GLA and Pommy are taking advantage of the disorganization from the pilot group and stalling. Unfortunately, the IBT will only collect monthly dues and send out threat letters to their own members for payment of dues. 1.95% of gross monthly pay to be equal to ALPA....PLEASE! Although not great, ALPA sticks up for their pilot groups.
Furthermore, the old Laker's returning from furloughed status at other airlines do so because the IBT doesn't care about its current pilots. E-120 use to be pretty senior...now you can walk off the street and be an IP (no offense chevy). Quality of life at GLA will continue to be poor until the pilots do something about it.
P.S. Matt David is gay
 

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I think the IBt should talk to ALPA about these ex-lakers coming back from their furloughed jobs and flying as captains when there are plenty of guys that have bid for captain. isn't there a word for that in a sense (scab)? I'm glad for them that they have a flying job but they should not accept a left seat flight. And furthermore, I don't think M.D. is gay, he's never been to the meetings!
 

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The easiest word(s) for that is "Upgrade out of seniority," check it out. Since I am sure that they quit the company to go work somewhere else, that would mean that they come back at the bottom of the seniority list. If they upgrade out of seniority, then they have to pay anyone who bid upgrade that is senior to them, CA's pay.
 

Bobby Boucher

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Lakes Street Captains

The company has a very easy way of getting around calling the guys coming back to lakes after getting furloughed elsewhere Captains and paying those Jr. to them legally. How they do it is these pilots are F.O.'s which are left seat qualified, at the beginning of every month they are assigned a scheduled of nothing but RSV and are then assigned open flying as the company sees fit. Now if they have open CA or FO flying they can assign these guys to whatever seat/open time they choose. If these guys fly left seat they make CA pay otherwise it is FO pay. Now before I sound like I'm defending management, they can get away with this because our current (expired) contract is worded poorly and creates gray areas. Allowing the company to manipulate the majority of this contract. It is our first contract we have ever had and our lives will get dramatically better with our second or lakes will not last. Because no matter what Lakes has been able to withstand so far in it's illustrious history an extended strike is the one thing it hasn't had, and I believe that management will quickly find out how unified they have made us by treating us as poorly as they have. I am willing to lose everything I owe (not much since I work at Lakes) to make my life better. And that's all I have to say about that.
 

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I think that a strike would be great for the pilot group, except that I honestly do believe that it would be the end of Lakes as we know it. If you look at the history of GLA post-shutdown of 96-97, they brought one airplane back at a time. The same would probably happen from a pilot strike. If GLA pilots really want better, than they have to do it for themselves. God knows the IBT won't do it for you. On a positive note, Lakes is still one of the best time building airlines. So anyone considering a job at Lakes should accept knowing what we all knew before we started...they'll treat you like crap, but you'll fly alot. Some day you can laugh about how bad it sucked...laugh all the way to the bank.
 

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Ya don't get me wrong, these guys coming back are Lakers, and once a Laker, Always a Laker and I welcome them back, and they're a bunch of good guys. however, they should not accept a left seat flight when we have several, several guys with bids in to upgrade.
 

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Seniority Number

Hey, does anybody know if you have to give up your seniority number at another airline if you get hired by Great Lakes. I have a buddy who is furloughed from Eagle that I would like to find out this information for. Thanks.
 

Cornelius

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Nice name Autotransfer, it reminds of those long sim sessions, ouch. As far as giving up senerority number goes, I haven't heard of anything but there is something your friend may want to consider and that is the 15 month contract for new hires.

C-ya
 

Sam Adams

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You guys should really try and hold out for somthing else go fly 135 until you have the time for a better comphany.I hear nothing but bad things about that place .Why subject yourself to that poor treatment and crapy pay.I know alot of you are Cfi s and the pay sucks anyway but there are other ways to build better experience.I'm not bashing just my 2 cents.
 
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