The actual starting pay is 74% of of about $38,000, iirc. The 74% of dispatcher pay is pretty standard for TWU assistant dispatcher.
I tried to talk them in to full pay, since they are hiring people to be dispatchers not assistant dispatchers, but no dice.
The surprise to me is you would think the ex-Aloha dispatchers or existing island air dispatchers would jump on it.
heh...anyone know about railroad dispatching? At least they seam to pay decently from what I can tell.
Those guys probably hired on with Gate Gourmet to earn a living wage.
I would think that the number of active dispatchers willing to leave a job where they have seniority and start over again at another airline would be really small. When you figure that there are probably around 2-3000 active dispatchers in the U.S. at any one time, that makes us a very small community. Now when you add to that how DX'ers are REQUIRED in a Part 121 environment and the dispatch schools aren't pumping out grads in great numbers, you would think that the law of supply and demand would rule here and wages would go up.
That doesn't seem the case here. The dispatch profession seems to defy this law. It's like mgt. can find a dispatcher under every rock willing to work for $12-$14/hr. Are there that many dispatchers out there looking for work? In my experience, mgt. would rather take a beating from a PO'd Chuck Norris than to raise wages where it would be attractive to experienced people especially when without these people the business would rapidly grind to a halt. What am I missing here?
Continuing my rant, I have never seen such disrespect toward hard working people like us (that are only interested in the safety and well-being of the airline) from mgt. and other employee groups, including flight crew. In my last airline-a regional, for some reason were even scorned by a lot of the admin assistants! My new airline is not much different.
I know that this profession draws it's share of "eccentrics", and personally I find that part of the draw. However, that doesn't explain the almost universal level of disdain we suffer from mgt. and other employee groups. I just don't get it!
who were you a train dispatcher for? I see Norfolk Southern always seems to have a lot of posts for various locations....I've applied before just to see if I'd get a call, but got rejections for all of them. I have heard it's hard work, and that you're pretty much on call for years before you end up holding a steady schedule.
Both singular and plural. Yo.