Rene there was a letter in your v-file detailing where your dues go. If you want to talk about it further come see me in the crew room. I think that's a little more productive than posting in here. Or hey show up to a Union meeting and you actually vote on where your money is spent! They don't vote on monthly expenses at AFA only a budget and the officers are able to spend that money how they see fit. No membership approval necessary.
I don't want you to elect "me" I want you to vote for the IAM because they are more democratic than the AFA (we get to vote on monthly agenda items at IAM, AFA you vote on one budget and the Reps spend it how they see fit without input from members and at the IAM we get to vote on our General Chairs and positions all the way up to International President while at AFA they only vote on the Local reps), have gotten better contracts for flight attendants than the AFA (as seen in UAL vs. CAL and ASA vs. XJT), and they have many more resources than the AFA including not being bankrupt, having a $100 million strike fund, and educational and technology center. If fa's don't want to vote based on those facts so be it.
Just a question from a pilot outsider who doesn't understand:
Why are the XJT FAs part of the same locals/lodges or whatever they are called as the CAL FAs? Maybe that has changed since I left, but my understanding is that your meetings are their meetings, etc. You are a separate company than CAL and as such your union locals should be completely separate from the mainline FAs. This is what happened with the pilots when CAL spun off XJT. We went from a combined ALPA MEC to two independent bodies who do not have input into each other's union operations, contracts, etc.
Are you going to be asked to choose between two unions now that you are merging with ASA or are you being asked to choose between the two unions because CAL-UAL are merging? I'm curious if CAL/UAL FAs are voting separately than you for the IAM or the AFA and XJT/ASA FAs are voting separately for the IAM or the AFA? In other words, if the CAL/UAL group chooses the AFA in it's vote, can XJT/ASA still have a vote outcome where the IAM is the union representing you all (i.e. two different unions)?
Really? Hmmm, ok... We (ASA and XJET) will be choosing between AFA and Eastern Airlines former union because we can only have one union. OK? If you have further questions you (or whomever) can conract our AFA reps directly and pose more queries.