Thank you JerryJune 18 2012 at 11:28 AM
|John (Login hattonj)|
Response to hours
Jerry, you are 100% right. We both know about how hard everyone works on this ship. I know you have spent a heck of a lot of your life on her. And, as I pointed out one night, that are many people who might not be there if it wasn't for you. You have worked tirelessly for the 325 and a lot of us know how much you love her. I hope we continue to see your smiling face for a long, long time.
And as for hours, I think everyone agrees that we give credit for the time people work. The other stuff can be worked out as long as everyone is fair and reasonable...as I think they will be. This discussion has been very positive and has helped clear up some policy. I think its a good thing when people stop and take the time to make sure we are all on the "same page" as they say. All too often policy gets quoted and repeated and somehow gets changed in the process. We need to go back and review things every once in awhile just to make sure we all understand.
As for the 80 hours, I think everyone can agree that those first 80 hours are very important to every new member for a multitude of reasons. Some of us have run into the rare individual who isn't as committed to work as a crew member needs to be. They may think we just ride around on the ship and enjoy the sunshine. Right! We all know that cruises are hard work and can become even harder at some times. We all get tested. While standing watch in the engine room in the middle of the night is hot and tiring I also think about those poor deck hands out in the rain and lighting in the middle of the night as we lock through. They have a lot of pressure on them too! We all have demanding jobs and I personally admire all the dedicated members above and below deck who work so hard to keep our ship under way. It's never easy keeping the Old Gal moving but with a great crew we can keep doing it.