I work at the MSP international airport, and actually within just feet of Delta’s ticket counters. On Friday we had one of their managers come up to talk to us and informed me about this possible move. He didn’t seem to suprised by it, but was noticeable aggitated by the news. After years of working with the same people from Northwest airlines and now Delta, some of them are either being foced to move to Atlanta or risk loosing their jobs.
According to an article on the Star Tribune’s website, Delta vowed to keep jobs in Minnesota when it merged with Northwest in 2008. Nothing was in writing so Delta is not legally obligated to maintain the promise, but it does shine a sour light on the company. I can totally understand that Delta wants to streamline it’s production and working out of one main hub instead of two would be a simple way to drastically decrease costs. That could be a problem since Delta employees almost 10,000 people in the state and that would be a huge blow to Minnesota’s unemployement numbers if it were to loose a significant chunk of that populace.
I persoanlly believe that businesses should be allowed to do whatever they need to ensure their survival, and this move is really no different. What would be the better scenario: Delta consolidates jobs and locations, grows stronger and increases profits and jobs, or Delta keeps things running the way they are to save face for now and ends up folding and laying off all 10,000 employees in Minnesota? Neither sound like the perfect plan, but if they are loosing money and fear having this problem in the future they need to take necessary steps to keep themselves a float.
Just what the headline reads. The postal service is looking for another bail out from the government in order to keep its head above water. They lost an estimated $3.3 billion in the final three months of 2011.
The USPS has already come out and said that they plan to close offices around the country in an effort to cut $20 billion in costs. Price of stamps was recently raised as well. The problem here is that closing down offices around the country would cause a HUGE loss of jobs, and the more they raise the price of stamps, the more I don’t want to send things through the mail.
Some other ways they hope to save money is possibly dropping to a 5-day delivery schedule instead of a 6-day and reducing the amount of next day services offered.
An interesting thing to note in all of this is that their competition (FedEx, UPS, DHL) are thriving in this economy and have no plans to cut back on services. In fact, I bet if you were to ask either one of those companies they would LOVE to get into the first class mail market. The USPS is just another government agency that proves how much government screws up the world when they dig in to deep. Let the private market reign and everybody wins!
Welcome to WordPress.com. After you read this, you should delete and write your own post, with a new title above. Or hit Add New on the left (of the admin dashboard) to start a fresh post.
Here are some suggestions for your first post.
- You can find new ideas for what to blog about by reading the Daily Post.
- Add PressThis to your browser. It creates a new blog post for you about any interesting page you read on the web.
- Make some changes to this page, and then hit preview on the right. You can always preview any post or edit it before you share it to the world.