On 4/13/2003 4
04 AM UAL_TECH wrote:
The 'Plan' is that UAL will lquidate before AMR.
The 'Plan' does not include passing higher costs to the consumer.
There is no 'Plan' other than breaking the backs of labor unions.
Take Care, and Good Luck to us 'ALL'!!!,
UAL_TECH is right. We are in a race to the bottom. And we are being led by our Unions. AA has always been the weak link in the Labor chain. We were the first of the big ones to give in to B-scale, give up work, the paid lunch, company paid medical benifits etc.
Our unions have made out well on the deal as the membership and dues swelled. The APA and APFA are independant unions but the TWU is affiliated. Even though "raiding" is not tolerated within the AFL-CIO the TWU has successfuly raided other unions better than any independant union, and not through democratic means either. Rather the TWU raided the IAM and other unions through economic means. By undercutting everyone elses labor costs the TWU enabled AA to undercut competators to the point of driving them out of business. Once the competator went out, AA picked up many of their routes and expanded, thus expanding the dues base. The rapid expansion of the dues base made up for the decreased real revenue per member. The best part for them is they turn around and say "You voted for it" "We followed the will of the membership", they never accept the blame. So on the one hand they claim that they are leaders but they fail to lead. They dump out all the negative info without providing ANY plan of resistance then blame the members for not wanting to resist. As leaders what options were they offering? NONE. They basically say to vote YES without actually saying "vote yes" by not offering a plan should it get voted down and constantly repeating what the company will do if it gets voted down. The fact is companies have always made threats, unions usually make counter threats. Thats how it goes.
The IAM which has traditionally been a more militant union has found that it is being run out of the industry by the TWU. Its lost more carriers to the TWU than to AMFA. None of its members that were lost to the TWU were lost through a Democratic process but rather economic necessity. Here we see where our Union is promoting a plan that once again concentrates on the bottom line of the Union instead of the long term economic well being of the membership. Not only is the paycut massive, which will reduce dues income, but the language cuts that do not effect dues are even more massive. The 17.5% cut in dues would be made up by putting UAL out of business. You have to figure that if UAL goes out AA would probably expand by at least 25%. That would increase the dues by 25%, making up for the cut and making the TWU the biggest AFL-CIO union in the industry. By gutting the language they give the company the economic edge over its competators without decreasing the dues base. Its another WIN- WIN deal for the Company and the TWU, its a losing deal for the workers. But hey, if they were stupid enough to vote it in,,,