TWU Jim Little: I have saved the membersd from themselves!

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As the TWU Leadership has now deprived the union members of a voice and legitimate vote in their future, Jim Little, in the quote below appears to claim he has single handedly saved us from ourselves.

http://www.dallasnews.com/latestnews/stori....12f4a4b23.html



Jim Little, head of the air transport division of the Transport Workers Union, wouldn't comment on Mr. Carty's departure but said he accepted the new deal because bankruptcy would be worse.

Based on these considerations and on the commitments made yesterday, our union will honor last week's vote in order to protect our members, he said. We must do everything in our power to limit exposure of our contracts and our members in bankruptcy proceedings.

What kind of union would cave to a demand that the members be deprived of a vote?

The Chapter 11 filing will likely happen anyway and that would have bought the company and the union members the time needed to legitimize this process and the agreement.

Now, we will have lawsuits, and live under a legitimate agreement for many years.

The TWU International President Sonny Hall has made many comments about the election for the President of the United States of America.

One thing is for sure. This contract ratification vote did not have any hanging or pregnant chads, but when the ATD Director has made public statements comfirming this ratification vote was not credible and then denies the members the guaranteed right to a voice in the ratification process, I think removal of the dictator controlled union is automatic.
 

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dic•ta•tor

Pronunciation: (dik''tA-tur, dik-tA''tur),
—n.
1. a person exercising absolute power, esp. a ruler who has absolute, unrestricted control in a government without hereditary succession.
2. (in ancient Rome) a person invested with supreme authority during a crisis, the regular magistracy being subordinated to him until the crisis was met.
3. a person who authoritatively prescribes conduct, usage, etc.: a dictator of fashion.
4. a person who dictates, as to a secretary.
 

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On 4/24/2003 9:56:19 PM WXGuesser wrote:

And the damn shame of it is, Little is right.

Damned if you do, damned if you don''t...

Tsk.

TANSTAAFL

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Check the United Mechanics contract being VOTED on April 29th, 2003.
 

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On 4/24/2003 9:56:19 PM WXGuesser wrote:

And the damn shame of it is, Little is right.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't...

Tsk.

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That's DANG if you do and Danged if ya don't!

Are you saying that Little is right to take the democracy away from the membership? He stated last week that the membership would be voting again. Then he votes for them.
 
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If Jimmy Little had turned this down, he would be lambasted (as the F/A's are being now) as the "man who forced AA to Chapter 11." You don't think the majority of the TWU (who voted yes on the old T/A) would be calling for his head just as loud?

Now that Jimmy Little has made the decision to accept the revised T/A (which is better than what you voted on in the first place (I would say we, but I didn't get to vote), people are turning their pitchforks and torches they were preparing for Carty (before he fell on his sword) and turning them on him.

Darned if you do, darned if you don't...

If ANY of you would get your head out of the "pseudo-righteous anger" clouds for just a minute, you would realize that most of the people in this country think you are complete and utter fools for wanting this airline to go into BK. *They* realize that this house is burning down around our ears.

WHY DON'T WE???????????

GAAAH!!!

TANSTAAFL
 

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RV4,

"TWU Jim Little: I have saved the membersd from themselves!"

Come on! Why are you trying to spin what he said? That is not the quote! I understand you have another agenda, let it go for now.

This has nothing to do with industrial vs. Craft unions. There is a basic question here. Do we want to try and save this company we all have invested so much of ourselves in or not. It does not matter what union was in here during this process. Two or three years ago everybody was saying how the TWU should get a union like the pilots. Well now everyone is saying that all three of the unions suck! Give me a break, this is a bad situation no matter who is representing us!
 

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Is it me or does any by realiaze What the TWU has done VOLIATES iT"S OWN BY_LAWS.By doing this we have gotten rid of one Dictator for another!!!! one man left for breaking the trust of the people now our union is doing it to us!!!!!!!LIBRE'
 

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I don''t want to go into bk either but how many times does the company have to cry
wolf before we stop running and hiding. Now they are going to give the f/a''s til
Monday to change their mind. Don''t you see how much this company has to hide?
They are lying sacks of doodoo trying to scare everyone into gutting their own
contracts.
With all of the catastrophes that have happened in the last two years a bk will
not carry as much stigma if it is filed now. AA is making so much on cargo and
nobody has any clue as to the revenue generated. They always reference labor
cost as per passenger seat mile but how many of us have checked flights only
to find they were weight restricted.
TWU 562 is still going to court on the 28th to get our vote rescinded because
of all the improprieties and I pray to god we get to revote. Either way this deal
now is still going to fuel alot of animosity toward the company.
 

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WOW,

When I copied/pasted that letter of agreement over for the TWU-ATD site, the changes and modifications to the letter show through. Interesting reading.
 

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On 4/25/2003 1:07:30 AM Brad wrote:

RV4,

"TWU Jim Little: I have saved the membersd from themselves!"

Come on! Why are you trying to spin what he said? That is not the quote! I understand you have another agenda, let it go for now.

This has nothing to do with industrial vs. Craft unions. There is a basic question here. Do we want to try and save this company we all have invested so much of ourselves in or not. It does not matter what union was in here during this process. Two or three years ago everybody was saying how the TWU should get a union like the pilots. Well now everyone is saying that all three of the unions suck! Give me a break, this is a bad situation no matter who is representing us!

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This has everything to do with industrial v. Craft unions! It is about membership control versus dictator control.

Jim Little himself, in a letter to James Klopp, then Local 567 Officer, stated that according to our Constitution, any letter of agreement that changes the basic language of our contract requires ratification by the membership.

This letter was in response to a motion made at the Presidents Coucil to modify the By-Laws. Jim Little, explained that the motion was not allowed because the TWU Constitution already had a member ratification requirement.
And now, with that knowledge, the man just violated the TWU Constitution.

Your writing is evidence of your TWU training and inability to comprehend.

IF WE ARE THE UNION, WHO IS THE TWU?


[SIZE= 20pt]American[/SIZE][SIZE= 20pt]Airlines[sup]®[/sup][/SIZE][SIZE= 14pt][/SIZE]
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[SIZE= 12pt]Mr. James C. Little[/SIZE]
[SIZE= 12pt]Director Air Transport Division[/SIZE]
[SIZE= 12pt]International Administrative Vice President [/SIZE]
[SIZE= 12pt]Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO[/SIZE]
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[SIZE= 12pt]Dear Jim,[/SIZE]

[SIZE= 12pt]Whereas, American Airlines, Inc. (“American†or “Companyâ€) and the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO (“TWUâ€) have agreed to resolve all disputes which exist or could exist between them related to the negotiation, ratification, and their[/SIZE] final effectiveness acceptance of the Restructuring Agreement, dated April 15, 2003 ("Restructuring Agreement"), and
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[SIZE= 12pt]Whereas, American and the TWU (the "Parties") have each agreed that it is in their mutual interest to permit the Restructuring Agreement to become binding and effective.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE= 12pt]Now therefore, it is this 24th day of April 2003, hereby agreed that the following shall supplement, and, to the extent inconsistent, modify the Restructuring AgreementAnnual Incentive Program. [/SIZE]
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[SIZE= 12pt]The Company will establish an Annual Incentive Program (“Programâ€) that shall substitute for and replace the Variable Incentive Program included as part of the Agreement.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE= 12pt]e. Incentive payments will be distributed on April 1 of each calendar year during the term of the [/SIZE]program, based on the application of the incentive criteria during the preceding calendar year. All outstanding payments will be made no later than 60 days following termination of the program, payment for the portion of the calendar year in which termination occurs will be on a pro rata basis
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[SIZE= 12pt]The program will remain in effect through the term of the Agreement [/SIZE]
[SIZE= 12pt]and will terminate upon the ratification of the next basic agreement between American and APFA.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE= 12pt]A. [/SIZE]Duration of the Agreement. [SIZE= 12pt] [/SIZE]Contingent on approval of this Letter of Agreement by the AMR Board of Directors and the TWU and without further ratification, the April 30, 2Restructuring Agreement will be effective beginning April 15, 2003, and shall remain in effect for a period of five (5) years and become amendable April 30, 2008.
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[SIZE= 12pt]B. [/SIZE]Early Reopener[SIZE= 12pt]. [/SIZE]Either the American or the TWUAssociation may elect to reopen the Restructuring Agreement by the services of notices pursuant to 45 USC Sec. 156, on or after April 30, 20060.
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[SIZE= 12pt]C. Special Reopener[/SIZE] Procedure for Change[SIZE= 12pt]. [/SIZE]
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[SIZE= 12pt]1. [/SIZE][SIZE= 12pt]The parties agree that f[/SIZE]For a period not to exceed thirty (30) days beginning on written notice by the TWU no later than May 15, 2003, they Parties will meet and discuss the deletion or modification of a single item in the Restructuring Agreements, that is(the "Original Provision"), such as, the change to Article 34(d) of the Mechanic and related agreement regarding payment of Sick Leave for the first 16 hours at 50% and the substitution of one or more alternative items (the "Offset Modification(s)") such that the net economic result of the deletion or modification and substitution provides cost savings to the Company equal to the cost savings originally projected by the Company for the Original Provision (i.e. $7.0 million per year).
[SIZE= 12pt]The purpose of the discussion will be to reach an agreement on a modification of the ½ pay for sick provision [/SIZE]along with a corresponding modification of the Agreement (“original offset modificationâ€) which have the net effect of not increasing the costs of the Agreement to American.
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[SIZE= 12pt]2. [/SIZE][SIZE= 12pt]If the parties cannot reach agreement during the thirty (30) day period on the an [/SIZE]oOffset mModification(s) having the appropriate aggregate value described in C.1., above,- they will select a neutral arbitrator in accordance with the System Board procedure in the Restructuring Agreement. Said arbitrator must be available to hear the matter with seven (7) days of selection and shall issue a decision within 21 days of selection.
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[SIZE= 12pt]3. [/SIZE][SIZE= 12pt]The There will[/SIZE]arbitrator shall conduct a hearing of no more than one day in duration. American and the TWU will each have a maximum of one-half day for its presentation, with appropriate procedural rules to be set by the arbitrator.
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[SIZE= 12pt]4. [/SIZE][SIZE= 12pt]At the hearing, the TWUAssociation[/SIZE] will identify one or more additionaloOffset mModification(s), the aggregate value of which must achieve the result described in C.1., above. will equal the difference between the cost of the ½ pay for sick provision modification and the Company’s valuation of the original offset modification proposed by the Association. For example, if the proposed modification to the Original Provision has a cost of $7 million and the Company arbitrator values the original oOffset mModification(s) at $6 million, the UnionAssociationwill must identify some additional oOffeset mModification(s) with a value of $1 million.
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[SIZE= 12pt]5. [/SIZE][SIZE= 12pt]The Parties’ original valuation of the Restructuring Agreement will determine the value of the Original Provision. [/SIZE]The arbitrator will determine the value of the originalall changes to less than all of the Original Provision, as well as the value of all oOffset mModification(s). If the arbitrator determines that the value of the Offset Modification(s) it is less in aggregate value to the Company than the cost of the modifications or deletions to the Original Provision, unless the TWU selects some additional Offset Modification(s) which achieves the result described in C.1., above, the arbitrator will ofurther modify the Original Provision so that the changes to the Original Provision compared to the aggregate value of the Offset Modifications(s) achieves the result described in C.1., above.
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[SIZE= 12pt]6. [/SIZE][SIZE= 12pt]The decision of the arbitrator will be final and binding on the TWU and the Company.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE= 12pt]D. [/SIZE]Annual Incentive Program.
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[SIZE= 12pt]The Company will establish an Annual Incentive Program [/SIZE]
[SIZE= 12pt](“Programâ€), as set forth in Attachment A, that shall substitute for and [/SIZE]
[SIZE= 12pt]replace the Variable Wage Adjustment Program included in the Restructuring [/SIZE]
[SIZE= 12pt]Agreement.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE= 12pt]E. [/SIZE]Authority and Effective Date.
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[SIZE= 12pt]Execution of this Letter of Agreement shall constitute a representation by each party that the terms of this Letter of Agreement and of the Restructuring Agreement have been approved. [/SIZE]This Letter of Agreement will become final upon execution on this 24th day of April 2003.
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[SIZE= 12pt]For the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO: [/SIZE]
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[SIZE= 12pt]James C. Little[/SIZE]
[SIZE= 12pt]Director Air Transport Division[/SIZE]
[SIZE= 12pt]International Administrative Vice President[/SIZE][SIZE= 12pt][/SIZE]
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[SIZE= 12pt]For American Airlines, Inc.:[/SIZE]
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[SIZE= 12pt]James B. Weel[/SIZE]
[SIZE= 12pt]Director[/SIZE]
[SIZE= 12pt]Employee Relations[/SIZE]
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RV4 Give it a break!

Little did the right thing! I give him credit and he did what was right under the circumstances! He was not alone!

Thanks for your Time! TWU Solidarity 2003
 

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On 4/25/2003 10:08:17 AM Checking it Out wrote:


RV4 Give it a break!

Little did the right thing! I give him credit and he did what was right under the circumstances! He was not alone!

Thanks for your Time! TWU Solidarity 2003

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So when a member violates the TWU Constitution by "unbecoming conduct", which you have proven includes excercising his/her right to change unions, you would hold a Kangaroo Court and place him/her in "Bad Standing" for three years. You strip this member of his/her right to run for office, the right to attend membership meetings, the right to vote in officer elections for a three year period, all punishment for violating the TWU Constitution.

But when Jim Little deprives ALL members in "good standing" the right to a legitimate vote on contract terms, which is a clear violation of the TWU Constitution, he "DID THE RIGHT THING"?

I hope you get the chance to tell that to a Federal Judge!
 

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training and inability to comprehend?

There you go making friends again! I still don''t see where you got the quote. You know
nothing about me, yet you seem to know how stupid I am.
 
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On 4/25/2003 4:59:22 AM kimmyg wrote:


AA is making so much on cargo and
nobody has any clue as to the revenue generated


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134 million in the first quarter, unchanged from last year. It is actually one of the easier figures to find out as it is broken out from the other numbers in the financial statements.