My name is Gerald who has worked for American Airlines for 35 years. When I started, I have flown and been waiting for seven years for the unlimited passes. It was presented on the retirement age, I’m paying for my own medical, which cost me four hundred and eighty dollars a month.
My decision was based on whether I would get my pension and I would get my passes as an active employee and I would get forty thousand dollars, while I actually received 27,000 and the government got the rest two months later. I figure I’ll pay for the medical, and it’s still a big hit for me. I’ve got four years to go to Medicare.
Later I think I can go and see my friends that I could never visit, because I was working and I was tired and we had to fly side London’s, instead of for London exhausted. So I took that and two months later, I’m going to go behind some new hire and whoever they decide to bring on the airplane with them, which is disrespectful to me.
They say all those are first come first served. I mean for seniority boarding. I would have no problem with that, because we’re senior. Also, you talk about everybody else, this is what they’re doing and I want the board of directors to realize this. We don’t want what they have in the industry. If we want to be the best airline, we have to be industry-leading by doing this to the retirees.
You’re not being industry-leading, they’ve taken the worst from everything and post it to us. If I would have known that, I would never have left. I have been an International person for 22 years, and I can never say I remain embargo on the airplane. I don’t know whether you remember me or not.
Coming back from London, we were very concerned about the bankruptcy. I was purser on his flight and I met his wife, we’re just asking our grandfather. I would never have left, can I have my job back? This is what I’ve signed for when I left and now you’re taking it away from me. There are some people that haven’t proven themselves. The problems are including that you didn’t take the best, give us something else, united has better than we make it leading industry.
That’s the airline we need to have today, not industry standard we need to be leading industry all the way around. I hope everybody will consider about this and talk to us, because we made this airline. I’ve had my heart ripped out and torn apart so many times with what I’ve sacrificed, and I thought, I will take the d EO p, I want the merge to go through.
I want this to be the best airline again and then something happens. I’m devastated, it works since the bank, since with the merger, and it is working well. Now why do we change it? Let us be leading industry, so what if they do that? I would deeply appreciate your consideration from the board of directors and also from Mr. Parker. Thank you.