What we’re reading: Unions and Delta, UA, CO pilots criticize management, cheap hotel room upgrades

by Stephanus Surjaputra on June 29, 2010

Delta, workers await union representation elections

A judge has cleared the way for union representation for the workers if they want it.

The elections at Delta will determine whether combined workers from Delta and Northwest will be union-represented nearly two years after the merger. Flight attendants and ground workers, including baggage handlers, customer service agents and reservations agents, are mostly unionized at Northwest and mostly nonunion at Delta.

The International Association of Machinists, which represents ground workers from Northwest, rallied at Delta’s employee parking lot near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Friday to prepare for the elections.

UA, CO pilots criticize management intransigence on transition agreement

Pilots for both United Airlines and Continental Airlines are criticizing the management for “unwillingness to compromise” on issues “that have little financial impact” related to the impending merger of the carriers.

Both pilot workforces are represented by the Air Line Pilots Assn. and are negotiating a transition agreement intended to “ultimately result in a joint collective bargaining agreement and integrated seniority list” when the carriers complete their proposed merger (ATW Daily News, May 3), expected by year end.

Hotel room upgrades on the cheap with “Nor1″ online service

The next time you’re booking a hotel room, you may be offered an upgrade for less than if you were to book it straight out.

As it turns out, there is a third party company behind the service called Nor1.

Nor1 lets hotels generate extra revenue by upselling unused rooms to existing guest reservations – the process is extremely simple and takes place during the reservation. For a fee starting under $10, hotels can “upsell” guests a larger room, suite, balcony or other upgrade. In my case, I was offered an upgrade from a standard room to an executive king room for just $9 – well within the amount I’d be willing to pay.

(Photo: Ikarasawa/Flickr Creative Commons)

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  • Graham

    That Nor1 idea …. would it work for airlines?

  • http://www.tripso.com/author/surjaputra Steve Surjaputra

    @Graham. Possibly. Nor1 is right now just doing hotels, but, if there’s enough interest, I’m sure they’ll expand to airlines.

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