Pay Day Finally Arrives For Former Midway Employees
Posted October 11, 2001 10:15 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Midway
employees finally got some of the money they were owed.
Employees who lost their jobs in August were paid Wednesday for work done from Aug. 4 through Aug. 12.
"I thought that I would have to go to bankruptcy court to get my paycheck, and that upset me, so I'm glad that they are doing this," says former employee Olivia Stovell.
Midway will get $12 million in federal grants and is applying for $28 million in federal guaranteed loans, if it can prove to a bankruptcy judge that it is a viable business. However, bankruptcy proceedings on which the airline's future hinges could take months.
While many of Midway's former employees have found new jobs, they say that they are willing to come back to the company.
"Absolutely. I just told them that I have my uniform pressed and ready to go," says former employee Sandra McGuyrt.
The company says workers will also get paid for July, but they do not know when. Laid-off employees who have not done so already can pick up their checks at the Headquarters City Ticket Office.
Midway grounded its fleet and laid off its 1,700 remaining workers September 12, one month after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and one day after terrorist attacks that led to a sharp decline in airline travel.