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Old 10-11-2018, 09:20 PM   #17  
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Originally Posted by Wheelswatch View Post
I'm always concerned when we talk of voting down a bogus TA like it's easy to do.

True, it's a legitimate card to play if necessary, but it's kind of like the "last" card to play, and there is danger in that.

Road shows are 100% pro-TA campaigns with big resources behind them, funded by all of us (even those who hate the TA will pay for it's promotion) There is never anything close to a funded and organized counter campaign to a TA. It will only consist of talks in the cockpit and APC postings. Road shows will have designated meetings, power point presentations, vocal union officials, and everything will be spun to sound amazing.

If the NC lets a TA out of the box before it's fair and honest and what we deserve, we have already lost.

Of course if it sucks bad enough we will vote it down, but the threshold for accepting or being buffaloed into accepting crap increases precipitously once something exists to vote on.

I wan't a TA worth having that won't just pass by narrowest of margin.
This right here, guys and girls, is what it’s all about.

Whatever TA comes out of your negotiating committee, is very likely to pass a vote, no matter how horrible it is.

Why? Because when your NC agrees to the TA, historically speaking, your management negotiators will require your NC and MEC to sign a paper requiring them to fully endorse the TA. Basically they are going to be required to sell it to you.

You’ve been beaten up by management. You’ve been treated like crap. There are probably many among you now feeling like you just want the whole thing over with and you’d love a substantial raise and some QOL gains and move on. Many of you are right where they want you to be.

Hang in there. Communicate with your reps to make sure they don’t cave and try to put something in front of you. Once it’s in front of the membership, chances are, whatever it is, it’ll pass. It’s up to all of you to make sure your NC doesn’t TA anything that isn’t up to your expectations. Let them know how you feel by calling or emailing them. I can’t stress how important that is.

Once the TA is out of the bag, it’ll pass. Make sure it’s worthy of passing.
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