Brothers and Sisters, first and foremost, I would like to formally thank each and every one of you for what you do, day in and day out. I would also like to thank all of those that chose to participate in the last election cycle, and allowing me an opportunity to represent you for another term. With that said, I want to talk about the next few challenges that we are sure to be confronted with in the very near future with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. We also have several new representatives on the Executive Board. I, along with each and every one of them, look forward to working diligently in defending the membership of this great Local. Now, in the next few months we should expect to see several systemic changes made by the company, as they begin implementing the new language that they were successful in getting added to the contract. We may notice a shift in philosophy with regards to how we operate. There will undoubtedly be a great deal of heartburn over this and adjusting may not be easy. I have already seen an uptick in the hiring of part time agents for one, and I’m sure there is more to come. I have also noticed a rise in low level letters of discipline at some stations with regards to job performance. It appears to me that at these stations, local management is overly scrutinizing members just to issue letters of discipline, as opposed to offering leadership by coaching and motivating members to ensure the company’s continued success.
Wait a minute, this isn’t Southwest Airlines 1999. It’s 2016. What the hell was I thinking?
It is 2016 and this is the new SWA, with new uniforms on the way that represent a new image and new type of culture. We all better get ready. Now we have the “above wing” and “below wing” concept, and with it, different expectations with our jobs. It will be more important now than when we were in negotiations because we have until 2021 before we can think about changing the things that we find to be bad for the membership.
Enough with the old doom and gloom (for now), let’s talk about a few more upbeat topics. I want to start by thanking the station reps and alternates in District 3 for the work that you do. It is a thankless job, where you are mostly unappreciated. You all step up on a daily basis and answer countless numbers of questions and are handling just as many issues and concerns. You are the true backbone of this local and should be rewarded for your service to the members.
I genuinely appreciate and thank each and every one of you for what you do. I want to thank Dan Chriss, Jessica Hayes and Dohn Conely and all of the alternate reps for ramp, ops and provo at the MDW Station; Geremy Torres and his alternates at MKE; Gary Stanley and Geoff Mogus at CLE; Kevin Snowdon and Kevin Glenn at DTW; Rich Perry and the alternates at BUF; Eric Moran, Dan Hilton and Don Friel and all the alternates at PIT; John Davis and alternates at CAK; John Parry at DAY; and new to District 3 Sammie Henderson at ORF; Ryan Wagener at CHS; Bryant Woodroof at GSP; Ben Faulisi and alternates at CMH; and also George Ross and all of the alternates at MSP who are no longer in our district, but I still want to thank you for all you have done and continue to do. These reps do the dirty work on a daily basis and are seldom thanked for their dedication and hard work.
In addition, I would like to offer my appreciation to the outgoing LEB members for their service to the membership over the many years. They have served the members fully and completely and deserve a thank you from myself, the new LEB, and the entire membership. I say thank you to Jerry McCrummen, Mike Martinez, Kevin Carney, Mark Waters, Tennyson Berry, Jesse Soto and Robert Bettinger for their service and I hope that all the members will join in to offer a collective thank you.
With that said, we have our work cut out for us, I hope that you are all ready.
District 3 Representative
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