hi Al-the-Mayor (an "official" hi, as I've been enjoying reading your posts for these last bunch of months)
I appreciate hearing about your brother-in-laws' stint with Western
(then merging into Delta)
I'm 46, (a very young 46, I might add), and my first airline stint was from 1987-91 at LAS vegas with the fairly new America West Airlines
(they started operations in 84) . I was a ramp agent, just like when I made it later into the "majors" (United Airlines) . When I started in 87, I remember that Western had pretty much just done the merge, (and they were even calling themselves "Delta-Western" in their timetables, etc. ) And that was about the last year for Eastern Airlines altogether. Cause I remember my first year driving around all over the ramp on the pushtugs, and I would casually chat with one of the Eastern "ramp men" driving around. And he was always laughing all the way to the bank, while he claimed to be making some exhuberant $$ for overtime (that he knew was tons more than the $6.39 an hour I was making!!(.......then , alas, Eastern was no longer there, and either was he...
Most of the fellow ramp workers at America West were quite young, some were even college students at UNLV. Touching on the roadfood topic a bit (before you and I start getting referred to the "flyertalk.com" website!!), it was common knowledge that some of our airline rampers were so broke they would fly cross country in first class on their days off just to get the meals!! we were non-union. I got laid off after the AWA bankruptcy (it was okay, cause I was already dealing poker at the casino on the side, and loved that job, too)
Years later, in 1999, I fell into the airline field again . I had moved to LA to deal poker, but I saw a banner hanging by the United Airline company offices on Century Blvd......."RAMP AGENTS needed"
heck, I knew I had the experience, and being a female (the ramp "minority"), I liked my chances....I heard my calling !
and with United , it was a UNION job on the ramp..........now I was working with a lot of guys who had been there 10, 20, and even 30 years.........I had a lot of respect for them, and was always treated good......and I worked with about 90% males.
Was making about $9.00 an hour there, but most of those guys were making their top pay, $22.00 an hour, well deserved (putting up with all the hernias and back injuries that come with the territory)
But at least the bags don't talk back , we would say....! (compared to working ticket counter, which I did try for a few months or so in LAS)
Now, Al , switching the subject entirely, that Victoria Station in Hawthorne/Torrance, CA area is not there anymore....I don't know when it closed exactly, but it was'nt there when I moved back to LA in 1999. I'm real curious what's in it's place...........I believe they are still operating their location high on the hill at Universal Studios.
Al, and all else who made it this far, thanks for listening !
Ellen in NJ