When we compare the pros and cons, the answer should be crystal clear.
A Vote YES means:
A vote NO means:
LOTS of reasons could apply to a NO vote. It buys us all more time to see how the IPO affects our culture, without throwing more into the mix. A contract will freeze our pay and benefits
A Yes vote simply locks us into an organization which Southwest flight attendants aren't even all that happy with.
What will your vote be? Only YOU can decide.
You HAVE a Contract
You HAVE a Seat at the Table
You HAVE California Labor Law Protections
And you DON'T even pay dues for all of this!
What you HAVEN'T been informed of by TWU is that you are currently protected by a massive number of California Labor Laws!
So when you hear things like, "We need to be protected!" or "You can be fired for any reason, no questions asked!", you should know that this is simply untrue.
Visit the California State Labor Board's website and see for yourself!
Next question?? :)
Are you saying I already have a voice...??
That's EXACTLY what we're saying! You have the ability - RIGHT NOW - to walk into a supervisor's office and speak privately about your concern. You can email or call management to bring up any aspect of your work life and give feedback.
If you had a union contract, you'd unfortunately be limited to what you can and cannot discuss with your management and supervisors. You'd need to go through TWU to communicate anything you wanted changed. It would be passed along, considered, and maybe find it's way to the "proposals" for the next contract. In a few years.
So when you hear people insisting that you need a voice at "the Table", you can sit back and realize that you're already at the Table - with ALL of your fellow ITMs and management. And there's no thick glass or cabin divider between you.
Wonderful, isn't it? :)
Didn't I sign a few papers when I got hired.....?
You definitely did! Whether you remember clearly or just vaguely, you signed a contract with your Airline! You've got a Contract - ALREADY! :-D
You agreed to come to work, to perform to expectations set forth in the Work Rules, AND you were hired for your personality and your ability to think on your feet!
The Airline agreed to provide you with the pay they described, just as described; to give you incredible health, dental and vision benefit options; to give you amazing benefits on a growing number of other airlines, so you can visit people you care about when you're not working, or vacation around the world at insanely low prices; and promised to surround you with people as phenomenal as YOU are.
And here we are - YOUR fellow ITMs - sticking together to keep Virgin pure!
Vote NO with us, and continue to enjoy all of these amazing benefits and this lifestyle, which will likely get in your blood if it isn't already.
Keep It VX - Virgin America's Official NO on TWU site:
Ten FACTS About Unions:
Why forced unionism is anti-Democratic, from a testimony to Congress:
Will YOUR grievance be heard? Tactics used by TWU are exposed here, by a former TWU Vice President!
How unions tried to organize a group of workers through coersion:
Forced Unionism may cost a 16 year old girl her job:
Privileges of Unions - #9 should tell you why the Bay Bridge still isn't completed:
If voted in, and you don't like TWU, are you willing to go through any of THIS?
Know Your Rights! 80% of Union Members believe membership & dues should be OPTIONAL, not a condition of employment:
Some interesting figures and a strong argument against unionizing an airline, from AirlineSafety.com's Editor-in-Chief, Robert J. Boser:
(Please note that this article's references to PILOTS at Southwest needs clarification: Southwest pilots have an in-house, self-made union; not a national, multi-airline third party)
SkyWest Airlines continues to grow and is now flying routes for Alaska Airlines, hiring more people and buying more planes - all UNION-FREE:
Even with union "protection", your pensions could still be left unprotected in the end, as they were with United Airlines' employees:
Are Unions ENEMIES of the 99%? "Even rival billionaire and liberal Steve Jobs was aware of the barrier the unions created. 'Until the teachers’ unions are broken, there is almost no hope for education reform,' he stated in his biography."
Is this how unions operate? Taking Medicaid money from the mentally disabled?? Sound crazy? It is. Read this:
Facts on Forced-Unionism:
The late Charlton Heston was a union-member, President, and supporter, but here he talks about how strongly he feels that no one should be FORCED to join or pay:
You're NOT Alone
Don't be afraid to speak up! And don't be ashamed to LOVE your Airline - after all, they pay your paycheck every month and you've got amazing, passionate, fun coworkers. They put their full faith in YOU when they hired you! No job is perfect, and Virgin America isn't either.
Despite what you may have heard, there are LOTS of ITMs who are voting NO. A 59% MAJORITY voted NO last time!
Whether you feel that we don't need a union at all, or you feel that we're better off researching other options (other unions, or an in-house/independent association), WE are your Fellow ITMs who will vote NO to TWU.
What do they make? Here's where some of YOUR dues would go, if we voted TWU in as our third party representatives:
Please send us YOUR testimonial, video clip, or anonymous comments on why you feel strongly we should vote NO on TWU.
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