Regarding my earlier post about the canceled AIG employee bus trip to Chicago, I have learned a few more things.
AIG may, in fact, be saving a few dollars by not renting the bus. Apparently they are only out the cost of the deposit not the entire cost of the bus. I’m not sure how much it costs to rent the bus or how much the deposit was but I’m assuming there was at least some savings for the company. Keep in mind too that there was a $15 per rider charge to get on the bus (which is being refunded) that also would have help offset the overall cost, so I’m not seeing where AIG is really saving all that much money.
Having said that, the money was coming from an already funded employee activity fund. No word on if AIG is planning on taking that activity money back and apply it to their debt to the Treasury but I doubt it. My guess is that they will use it for some other less visible employee activity.
And yes, I know this is a trivial matter in the scheme of things but I’m a trivial person in the scheme of things too.
Oh, and one other thing. I found out that at least one AIG employee has been harassed here in Springfield because of the perceived sins of the larger company management. I’m told that a local employee wearing an AIG badge was verbally abused at a local box store for the whole AIG mess. People, get a grip. Do not take your frustrations out on low level workers shopping at a retail store. That employee has nothing to do with AIG corporate decisions and that employee may wind up being a victim of the situation if the Springfield office is sold (they are up for sale), or the office is disbanded or layoffs come or whatever.