I’m beyond pleased to be elected as the new district 5 representative. For those who don’t know me, I started my career with SWA in 1993 in DAL. I have also worked in MCI, RDU and most recently in AUS. While in AUS, I served as the local TWU representative and as an alternative on the local TWU safety committee. During my time as the local TWU representative, I realized that the company MUST be held accountable and I gained a strong desire to become more involved.
Throughout the years and at the stations I’ve been to, I’ve made some friendships, met some influential individuals and learned a great deal. Most people that know me will say that I don’t shy away from hard work, and I’m always ready for the challenge of standing up for what’s right. With our newly passed contract it’s important that we as a union stand up for our rights.
As everyone knows, tensions were high during the voting and following the outcome. I view that as a positive thing because it shows that no matter which way the votes were cast, the members care, which is evident with nearly 85% voter turnout. Now that the majority has spoken we must come together and defend what is the new CBA. A great union president said, “You spend all the union dues negotiating a contract and then you spend what’s left defending it.” If we are divided, SWA has the upper hand; if we are united WE have the upper hand.
Another important issue we must not overlook is Article 17, which deals with safety. I intend to work with the local stations to ensure that each and every one of us has a safe working environment. Southwest Airlines claims safety is number one, but it has been my experience that this crucial element is overlooked far too often. The company cannot be allowed to adhere to policies only when it’s convenient for the company to do so.
I look forward to getting out and meeting each and every one of you. I believe the brightest days are ahead of us!
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