Council 38 - Narita
Vice President and LEC Secretary
Miso Scoop - Letter from Tony (Nov 17, 2019)
In this edition:
Letter from Tony
Dear Flying Partners:
It has recently been brought to the attention of the Council 38 Officers that some Members have been discussing amongst themselves, perhaps mischaracterizing, how the dues our Local Council receive are being used. As a result, we’ve started to receive questions as to why our Local Council budget isn’t published in Miso Scoop.
Section IV.G.5. of our AFA-CWA Constitution & Bylaws states, “The actual B&E reports are available for viewing by members in good standing. The reports are internal, not to be published either in print or electronic form.” In addition to wanting to ensure this information is not misunderstood or misrepresented, the most important reason our Union doesn’t publish this information is to ensure that management is not made aware of the spending priorities of the Union.
If you have questions about the budget, we encourage you to avoid rumor and speculation and instead, make an appointment with Local Council 38 President, Tony Wetterer, to review and discuss the Local Council Budget. Members have the right to inquire how the resources of the Local Council Budget are being used. Most importantly, there is nothing to hide.
Schedules of Local Council Officers and Local Council Committee Members are available for viewing at any time and we all remain accountable for how AFA releases are used. We are aware of our responsibility as officers of the Union, under U.S. Labor laws and in compliance with all Department of Labor regulations.
Our Union dues are used to provide services to our Membership, to advocate on their behalf in order to advance issues that are important to all of us collectively. This includes
· Negotiating Contracts
· Defending our Contract
· Administration of Grievances to ensure Members’ rights and due process
· Monitoring of RSV Assignments
· Building Schedules
· EAP/Professional Standards
· Safety, Health & Security Compliance
· Advocating on Members’ behalf at the MEC & BOD
· Advocating on Members’ behalf for parity with other Company employees
· Attend meetings with Management
· Attend MEC & BOD meetings and trainings
· Administering the Hotel & Transportation Committee
· Conduct Local Council meetings and Member Education
· Negotiations Support
· Membership Engagement
Council 38 has had a rich history of strong, effective leadership with an elected group of Local Council Officers who have conducted business in a transparent and fiduciarily responsible manner. Within the context of this budget discussion, we have come to learn that some have suggested our most recent Local Council President was not transparent in administering our Local Budget. Not only is such an accusation further from the truth, it is not based on fact. Upon leaving office, our past Local Council President left our Local Council in a financially solid, under budget situation that has left us well positioned as we begin to prepare for contract bargaining and continue to provide the high level of service upon which the reputation of Council 38 has been built.
It is troubling to learn of the misinformation that is being spread about the budget. Even more so, it is troubling that misinformation is being spread about a former Local Council Officer who is no longer in our base and isn’t being allowed to answer these questions. Those who have served our Union and, in the process, served each of us well do not deserve to have their reputation and integrity mischaracterized in this way. What this should call into question for all of us is the character of those who would seek to build political backing by criticizing those who have served our Union well. We are better than this.
I encourage you to join me in standing up for our Union and for those who have dedicated themselves in our service. Take time to ask questions but be certain to ask those questions and get answers from those who can provide you with accurate answers. If you have questions about the budget and the financial workings of our Local Council, I encourage you to set up an appointment with me to review those concerns and have them addressed.
We are stronger and better together. We must resist any efforts by management or those within our group who seek to divide us at a time when we are approaching Contract bargaining. All of can campaign for office during this time on issue based on facts. I not only encourage you to avoid the politics of personal destruction, I assure you that I will set an example in which I invite all of us to participate.
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