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Eagle Pilots Want ALPA OUT!!

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Oh, you have got to be kidding me..... ALPA didn't give you anything - you VOTED for that 16 year contract! The whole purpose of a union is to assert more power through collective effort, ergo if if you aren't together you don't have much power. Your issue is with your coworkers, not your representation.
Sure.......You know little my friend! Do you belong to a union? hmm.......You dont work here and dont know whats going on. Ask any Eagle pilot if he is happy with ALPA. Enough said!
Well incidentally, you posted on a public board, thus you can expect to hear some public comment. Forgive us for not being employed by Eagle. Convince us, don't just moan.

If the AEPA is elected we hope that the current MEC leadership and committee members will be willing to be re-elected. Should any vacancies occur, interim elections will be held.

The current contract would remain in effect. The Agreement is between the Company and the air line pilots in the service of the Company as represented by…. It is not an Agreement between the Company and ALPA.

So no material leadership change, and of course no changes in the contract either. The only real, legitimate justfication is the following:

By changing to AEPA, it will allow the American Eagle pilots to negotiate directly with the APA in an effort to achieve a mutually acceptable single representational arrangement.

But frankly I'm not sure why an ALPA affiliated MEC cannot accomplish this goal. Assuming you were able to come up with an agreement in which all AMR pilots were to come under common representation, I presume the problem is who will represent the pilot group, the APA or ALPA. The APA was able to swallow the TWA pilots with a strong APA majority. Is the fear that in a single carrier the ex-Eagle guys and the ex-TWA guys together could finally outvote the APA loyalists? And of course it's those who you would need to win over to merge in the first place. Seems like the AEPA would be for the most part a show of humility to the APA. Correct me where I'm wrong.

But in all honesty I think you guys have the opportunity to set a new paradigm in the industry, to finally clear the SJ hurdle. We're counting on you. Just don't b*tc$ randomly about ALPA in the meantime.

If your are going to post on our behalf on a public message board can you please try not to make us sound like a bunch of uneducated, unproffesional dimwits.

The guys at my airline want to kick out the Teamsters and bring in ALPA. There seems to be no easy answer.
I'll tell you one thing, I am tired of the union leadership saying "The union is You."
That is not the way they acted when they wanted us to vote yes, or when they increased our dues.
Often, the union is you.

You paying dues, which escalate on a regular basis.

You voting for the only contract in which the union is willing to invest its time spent negotiating. Not necessarily a good contract.

You getting the short end of the stick compared to the "preferred" pilot groups.

You deciding that your union has not represented your interests as well as it has represented the interests of others.

You deciding to make a change.
Dang dude, you guys voted FOR the 16-year contract.

You have to realize that kicking out ALPA and putting in 'Brand X' won't improve a single thing, because it's all about leadership.

Because the same guys that are in the LEC/MEC with ALPA will be the same LEC/MEC with 'Brand X'. Thus, the same malaise.

A union is only as good or as bad as YOUR LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION.

"You have to realize that kicking out ALPA and putting in 'Brand X' won't improve a single thing, because it's all about leadership. "

"Because the same guys that are in the LEC/MEC with ALPA will be the same LEC/MEC with 'Brand X'. Thus, the same malaise."

I can only guess by your profile that you are a mainline guy, and that might explain a little. That is not a cut, just a guess of where you are coming from.

I dunno, maybe I am totally wrong here, but here me out:

Kicking out ALPA and putting in brand X would improve greatly the Eagle guys ability to negotiate. You know as well as I do, that if ALPA doesnt like what it sees on a negotiated contract, it wont sign. Furthermore, ALPA will not let the little guys negotiate anything on their own, unlike their counterparts at the mainline. If the Eagle MEC did try to negotiate with AMR without ALPA's input, then ALPA would put the Eagle MEC into recievership as it has done in the past (with other MEC's). Alpa simply has it's own agenda and it needs to manipulate the regionals to adhear to it's plan (good or bad). That is why there is much more supervision and pressure to sign with the regionals that the mainline. If Eagle voted ALPA out, 100% of their dues would go to the Eagle union. Obviously there will be no strike for several years, allowing them to put some money in the bank. Additionally, they could go to the barganing table uninheeded by the ALPA lawyers, and setting their own agenda. Also, your statement about the same MEC's would be in place, so things would stay the same. This is simply not true, as they wouldn't have ALPA constantly breathing down their backs monitoring their every move. Remember, that while a member of ALPA, the MEC is sworn to uphold the ALPA doctrine. He has no choice but to play by the ALPA rules.
Additionally, there will probably be someone that thinks that ALPA could care less about what eagle does concerning ALPA's own agenda and what the APA want. Anything that the new Eagle union and the APA agree on that is not in the best interests of ALPA, could start a precedence in a way that could greatly affect ALPA's ability to move in a certain direction. That is why ALPA will be there (or not) every step of the way. And don't forget that ALPA is also courting the APA.

If you don't like what is happening in the industry, wait a minute and things will change!:eek:

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