- OKC Oklahoma City Tower
People agree to it because that's thier only option. That doesn't make it a good plan, and anyone can recognize the pitfalls for new employees as it sits now. You can't seriously tell me the current way of doing things has any benefit whatsoever when it comes to facility turnover that affects all of us when it comes to mobility or nas health for that matter.I'm sorry but I just don't think this is as big of an issue as some make it to be. It's not like this is a bait and switch. You know when you apply how the hiring process goes. You know it will be a long drawn out process in which you have multiple opportunities to be fired. You know when you apply that you could potentially move anywhere. You agreed to all of this when you applied. If you want a 9-5 job with weekends and holidays off in your hometown then don't apply. Go work at your local airport as a baggage handler if you just have to be in aviation.
This is how the aviation industry, especially air traffic is. Brand new hires suffer the most because we don't even know if you will certify. Core 30 airports and centers get the focus because they run the most traffic and the most publicly visible traffic. But life isn't perfect and sunny all the time just because you got to your home facility or a high level facility. Plenty of things still suck there too. Every facility has issues. Most controllers have something to complain about. Much of this will never change.
I'm at my hometown facility and I agree everywhere has problems. That's not my point. My point is some of those problems are very fixable, but the industry, and the faa in particular in this instance know they can get away with not fixing it because people in the aviation industry tend to make bigger sacrifices than most others in different fields because they love being in the field and employers take advantage of that.
Yes people generally want to advance thier careers. That's a given. Who is likely to spend more time facility hopping till they find that perfect fit for them (be it more money,, location whatever)though, and which of these situations is better for cpc staffing nationwide?It’s hard to have regard for employee morale when the employees themselves are extremely impulsive and do what they want when they want without regard for overall implications of the shift, staff, facility. Yea more attention could be paid, by throwing money at the problem, but n90/zny proved that to be wrong.
ultimately the people of moline, don’t care about staying there and don’t care about what they leave behind. Certainly Managers don’t give a fuck about what they leave behind also. That’s a stepping stone for them. They want to leave also. Leaving behind a staff that wants out once they realize they can make more money doing about the same amount of work elsewhere.
Controller A, who is from Atlanta, who has aspirations of working at A80, gets assigned to Napa Valley. He isn't used to the high cost of living, is thousands of miles from all his family and friends, can't afford an oven box inside of an hour from his facility, and generally finds wine culture and the people surrounding it stuffy and out of touch, thus making most of the outside work activities and people he's now surrounded by annoying as fuck to him. He just wants out, and is willing to take anything at this point just to get away from APC where he stands a chance of someday getting back to where he wants and isn't miserable outside of work, and he's got to hop on whatever the ncept gods give him thru dynamic decisions or miss the boat until the next time APC can release someone, which will be who knows when.
Controller B, who is also from Atlanta, but has career aspirations of working on the west coast. He gets assigned to Columbus Georgia, or Knoxville or whatever. Yes, he wants to move out west and enjoy the beach life and high taxes, but in the meantime being in familiar surroundings and just a few hours from his previous life is alright. he is still just a few hours from all his relations and acquaintances, so its not a big deal to make a weekend trip back. He's generally happy, though yes he wants to move up and out to the best coast, he's fine biding his time to get what he wants.
That's not even including Controller C, who really just wants a good paying fed job with benefits near his home that doesn't include delivering boxes and envelopes. That dude has no reason at all to have to move halfway across the country if he's just trying to homestead back anyways.
So really, even tossing out employee happiness it doesn't make sense.