I was notified this morning that the APWA lost big in KC. I do not know the final count but from what I was told it was not close.
This arguement holds a little bit of water, west side. And I say a little bit for this reason. Lots of people agree with what the APWA is pushing. But if everyone wants to see a track record, as you said, but no one is willing to afford the APWA the opportunity to build a track record, than you are correct.....these well intended and well-founded proposals will amount to nothing more. People simply want someone else in another barn to stick their neck out and do the hard work.
Here's an example...although to a very extreme, the same principle holds. What if the young men who were on those Higgins Boats that landed on Omaha beach in World War II took your position. "Screw this. Let someone else do the hard work. I'll follow up behind ya once the sacrifice has already been made by others and my risks are minimized." All the "proposals" that the Allied forces had made to reclaim France would have never been converted into results. This is the dilemma that the APWA faces and the question that people like you and I must answer within our hearts. Well more in excess of 30% of the people in Kansas City signed cards for the APWA. This is the case in other facilities across the country. But will people have the fortitude in what they believe to withstand the barrage of attacks by the company and the Teamsters, and to be willing to take the lead in this labor movement. Currently Van and Danny only have the power to make proposals. Its the only the support and commitment of our co-workers that can give them the opportunity and MEANS to show results.
Like you, Westside, I still believe that APWA is the best thing for the Brown and Blue. Question is will others be willing to put their beliefs into action or complacent to wait for someone else to do the hard work.
You make a good point if you ignore the fact that the old vacuum cleaner requires that you deposit a 50cents for every minute of use.... but oddly enough when you've only been using it for 30 seconds it shuts off and starts asking for another 75cents!! Not to mention the fact that the damn thing couldn't suck up a hairball.