Happy Thanksgiving and
I want to take a moment
in time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and a wonderful Merry Christmas,
Kwanza, or whatever type of tradition you and your family participate in this
time of the year. I hope it will be safe, happy and most of all filled to the
brim with family, friends, joy and laughter. May it be one for the memory book
for years to come!
The meeting the other
night was my last full meeting as serving in the office of President for the
Salem Area Local #604. It has been both an honor and a pleasure (for the most
part) to serve as your leader. These have been exceptionally hard times as we
saw the closing of our plant, many of our co-workers retire or move to other
offices and/or careers. To those of you who have been supportive and helped, I
cannot begin to ever thank you enough. For those who have had criticism, you
are more than welcome to step up to the plate and work within the union to make
the changes you believe are necessary.
I will be handing off
this great local to the very capable Tracy Brown in January. I know for a fact
that he will do an awesome job. That goes for Alissa Prantl in the office of
Secretary/Treasurer as well. I will be involved as the Clerk Craft Director.
The local only has a total of six stewards right now to handle all of
and at least 10 Associate Offices. We could all easily be full time stewards
and not be able to keep up with all the grievance activity. We are not,
however, which means that we do what steward work we can and the rest is carved
out of our time outside work. I know there are people who complain about
stewards being gone all the time. These same people are the ones that forget to
say thank you when they get paid for that holiday, overtime, or missing back pay
as they hurry to the bank with the money. I am asking people to support both
your new leadership at the local front and the new leadership at the National
Level. It is critical as we move forward that we do so as a unified force.
Once again, thank you
for allowing me the opportunity and the privilege of being your President of
this wonderful local for the past four years. It has been awesome, even with
the hard times we have faced. Please help support the other plants in
Oregon such as Eugene as they are still on the chopping block. Write and call
your Congressmen, also enlist the support of your family and friends to do the
same. We need all the help we can get.
On behalf of the
E-Board, we wish all our members and their families, plus all our friends and
anyone else a wonderful