Runboard.com
You're welcome.

runboard.com       Sign up (learn about it) | Sign in (lost password?)


 
snowpixie Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user
Global user

Registered: 11-2016
Posts: 787
Karma: 6 (+9/-3)
Reply | Quote
Airline Employee in SJU wants the world to know they are struggling.


 I felt the need of letting our colleagues know about the difficult times we are having in San Juan, Puerto Rico after hurricane María hit the island and almost wiped us off the surface of the earth.


With all due respect towards my colleagues and with no intention whatsoever of creating any controversies. The current situation in which we are living does not allow us to even go to work wearing our uniforms because most of us don't have water nor electricity at home to wash our uniforms. Several co-workers lost all. Some lost everything they had.


Our working conditions at the airport are not up to what we were used to. Hurricane María damaged our terminal and it will be a while until we can go back to our little piece of heaven. All the airlines in and out SJU are operating from a terminal that is designed for only one airline to operate and still we are doing wonders and trying to work each and every flight with the same passion. We are not using our computers. We are using mobile and handheld units. Sometimes, they don't work too well because our cellular and internet coverage was also damaged, because lots of antennas and towers from cell phone companies were broken by the hurricane strong winds. Still, we try doing the best we can.
As a result of all this tragedies, our flight schedule has been affected to the point that we are losing 2 frequencies, 1 ATL and 1 JFK. This means that some of our co-workers could be affected and loose their job too.


To some of us, today, the most important thing is having a roof and water. Having no electricity we can deal with. But the other 2 are essential.


Today, I felt so frustrated because of an insensitive comment made by a colleague, in which he was complaining because the hotel where he was put up for the night did not have Wi-Fi.


Right now I would give all the money I have and a little more just to have water at home. Unfortunately that isn't enough. Still, I am not complaining, and just like my co-workers we are giving our ALL.


Please!!!! Let the world know that we are going thru very difficult times in Puerto Rico and even though we would love to accommodate everyone and fulfill their needs, and add that touch of luxury that everybody deserves, sometimes we can't because Mother Nature decided to punish us.


It will take time, but I am confident that we will work very hard and we will again make Puerto Rico the shining star of the Caribbean and the paradise I call HOME!!!


-- This was posted today, 20 days after hurricane Maria struck. I cannot imagine the frustration of 3.4 million people affected.

I worry about disease spreading, if they don't have water, and apparently some don't even have a roof over their head.

Last edited by snowpixie, 10/12/2017, 3:48 am
10/12/2017, 3:44 am Link to this post PM snowpixie Blog
 
Rigby5 Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user
Global user (premium)

Registered: 04-2005
Location: Mountain Time
Posts: 5504
Karma: 5 (+20/-15)
Reply | Quote
Re: Airline Employee in SJU wants the world to know they are struggling.


The first thing we need to do is appeal the Jones act of 1916, so that Puerto Rico can ship things directly from other countries.
10/12/2017, 4:02 am Link to this post PM Rigby5
 
snowpixie Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user
Global user

Registered: 11-2016
Posts: 787
Karma: 6 (+9/-3)
Reply | Quote
Re: Airline Employee in SJU wants the world to know they are struggling.


quote:

Rigby5 wrote:

The first thing we need to do is appeal the Jones act of 1916, so that Puerto Rico can ship things directly from other countries.



are you referring to Jones–Shafroth Act that granted U.S. citizenship to anyone born in PR?


I don't understand, what they would ship to other countries when 90% don't have power, they lost almost everything they own. People are dying because they are drinking contaiminated water from these streams that have dead animals in them decaying.

Last edited by snowpixie, 10/12/2017, 4:55 am
10/12/2017, 4:53 am Link to this post PM snowpixie Blog
 
Noserose Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Head Administrator
Global user

Registered: 11-2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 3558
Karma: 10 (+21/-11)
Reply | Quote
Re: Airline Employee in SJU wants the world to know they are struggling.


If all the people of Puerto Rico were white like Trump and his cabinet action after 20 days would be very different. Am I saying he is a racist? [sign in to see URL]!]

---
--------------------------------------------------------------
"libido sciendi"..... the passion to know.
10/12/2017, 6:09 pm Link to this post PM Noserose
 
Yobbo Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user
Global user

Registered: 11-2008
Posts: 1845
Karma: 8 (+15/-7)
Reply | Quote
Re: Airline Employee in SJU wants the world to know they are struggling.


quote:

Noserose wrote:

If all the people of Puerto Rico were white like Trump and his cabinet action after 20 days would be very different. Am I saying he is a racist? [sign in to see URL]!]



Not the hardest question; of course Trump is a racist.
10/12/2017, 7:23 pm Link to this post PM Yobbo
 
Rigby5 Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user
Global user (premium)

Registered: 04-2005
Location: Mountain Time
Posts: 5504
Karma: 5 (+20/-15)
Reply | Quote
Re: Airline Employee in SJU wants the world to know they are struggling.


quote:

snowpixie wrote:

quote:

Rigby5 wrote:

The first thing we need to do is appeal the Jones act of 1916, so that Puerto Rico can ship things directly from other countries.



are you referring to Jones–Shafroth Act that granted U.S. citizenship to anyone born in PR?


I don't understand, what they would ship to other countries when 90% don't have power, they lost almost everything they own. People are dying because they are drinking contaiminated water from these streams that have dead animals in them decaying.




{...
The Jones Act, the obscure 1920 shipping regulation strangling Puerto Rico, explained
Protectionism and exploitation at its worst.

The island of Puerto Rico is devastated, with millions lacking power, infrastructure destroyed, homes damaged, and an entire year’s worth of agricultural output essentially ruined. Like any disaster-struck place, it will be in need of supplies brought it from elsewhere in the country.

But getting goods from the US mainland to Puerto Rico is much more expensive than sending them to Texas or even to other Caribbean islands as a result of a century-old man-made disaster that’s been crippling the island’s economy for a long time.

Meet the Jones Act, an obscure 1920 regulation that requires that goods shipped from one American port to another be transported on a ship that is American-built, American-owned, and crewed by US citizens or permanent residents.

For most Americans, this isn’t a big deal — it enriches a small number of American shipowners while introducing some weird distortions into the overall pattern of economic activity in the United States.

For the residents of the island of Puerto Rico, though, the Jones Act is huge. Basic shipments of goods from the island to the US mainland, and vice versa, must be conducted via expensive protected ships rather than exposing them to global competition. That makes everything Puerto Ricans buy unnecessarily expensive relative to goods purchased on either the US mainland or other Caribbean islands, and drives up the cost of living on the island overall.
...}

It is not about good leaving Puerto Rico, but aid other countries want to ship to Puerto Rico.
10/13/2017, 4:02 am Link to this post PM Rigby5
 
snowpixie Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user
Global user

Registered: 11-2016
Posts: 787
Karma: 6 (+9/-3)
Reply | Quote
Re: Airline Employee in SJU wants the world to know they are struggling.


that makes sense, thanks for posting that Rigby.
10/13/2017, 5:48 am Link to this post PM snowpixie Blog
 
Geezess Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user
Global user

Registered: 11-2016
Posts: 1734
Karma: 2 (+6/-4)
Reply | Quote
Re: Airline Employee in SJU wants the world to know they are struggling.


Finding Water in Puerto Rico: An Endless Game of Cat and Mouse

[url][sign in to see URL]

But Trump thinks his job there is done.
10/13/2017, 2:29 pm Link to this post PM Geezess Blog
 


Add a reply





You are not logged in (login)
Back To Top