Also why I prefer to live in the SE, at this point, as opposed to end of road places like Anchorage, Fairbanks or even Central.
Latest update provides a bit more information as to what is probably the real reason for this disgustingly shameful plan.
Save the ferries, sink the governor and his cronies.
A reasonable compromise is needed. Eliminate or scale back the high cost, but low utilization routes. Offer low cost Alaska resident “commuter book” fares. Raise prices for tourists. Slash the high cost ferry bureaucracy.
I’ll second that one!
I am going to say that why not should AMHS mariners accept periods of no work? Hell, those of us who worked in the commercial sector never are immune from Joe Boss giving us a pink slip so why shouldn’t those in the public sector? I truly believe those mariners who work for any public ferry service (WSF in particular) have built themselves a fiefdom where they are protected by so many favorable work rules that they have ended up with about the easiest and highest paid employment possible and where no supervisor can touch them.
I would like to finish my career at the WSF and with all the talk of a vast retirement wave about to roll over the fleet you would think they would be actively recruiting mariners such as myself to come in to help fill the supposed shortfall but far from it. There unions (at the acquiescence of management) have enacted so many hurdles for someone like me to overcome that it has become an effective barrier and I have no desire to play their game to get over it. Two to three years of sucking it up to get onto the bridge is time I am not going to give them because that is just how the unions want it!
No, I say let the AMHS mariners go to Hawaii and sit on a beach or play golf all winter and then come back in the spring. Maybe they will not earn so much in a given year but tough. I am not sympathetic to their plight.
It would not be easy to lateral over into another industry from there. The officers are under Inland MM&P. Without DP or a towing endorsement, I guess sailing off the board would be the first choice.