What I’ve Learned So Far in My Campaign for I.U.O.E. Local 955 Business Manager
It is never easy for one person to represent an entire group of people. I knew that before I decided to run for the position of Business Manager for I.U.O.E. Local 955.
As the campaign has moved forward, I’ve realized just how many concerns and valid points our Members have. It has been an eye-opening and engaging experience so far.
During our live streamed meet and greets, members have not been shy about expressing their thoughts with me – and it has been great! The more opinions are vocalized and information is shared, the better equipped I am to represent our brothers and sisters. So I’d like to thank everyone who has approached me, questioned me, and held my feet to the fire. It’s a step in the right direction!
While there are hundreds of different ideas and thoughts that have been brought my way, there are some themes that I am seeing consistently. I wanted to touch on those in this blog, to let all of you who share these concerns know your voices are not going unnoticed.
Without further delay, here they are:
It is clear that our I.U.O.E. Local 955 Members are skeptical that a Business Manager will hold themselves accountable for the decisions they make. Past experiences are not quickly forgotten. I have heard this message loud and clear – our Brothers and Sisters are tired of half-truths, hidden information, and decisions being made without proper consideration. I would like to reinforce my stance on this issue. I believe that the only way to be accountable is to be transparent and to provide all information (good and bad) to our members. Without full disclosure, our Union cannot return to its proper purpose. I look forward to proving to all Members of I.U.O.E. Local 955 that a truthful, open and transparent Union leadership can be successful.
I have consistently heard from Members that our jurisdiction needs to be better protected. Our Members should be obtaining the best employment opportunities and that has not always been the case due to jobs being filled by sub-contractors and others outside the jurisdiction. I have stood firm on my view that I.U.O.E. Local 955 must defend our work and uphold assignments as they were meant to be upheld. The more I hear the concerns of our Members in relation to this issue, the more passionate I become about making sure this line is drawn clearly in the sand.
For far too long, our I.U.O.E. Local 955 Members have felt like they haven’t been included in major decisions that impact them. The lines of communication have not been maintained, and that is clear by the volume of people who have mentioned this to me. As stated in my meet and greets and in other interactions, I want communication to be improved as quickly and effectively as possible. I want to integrate technology and platforms that will allow members to get their concerns out on the table where they will be heard. I am not okay with a Union that does not make the effort to listen to its people. I look forward to a much more accommodating and interactive Union environment.
I am aware that these are just a few of the topics that are being brought to my attention. However, I feel they are some of the most important.
Moving forward, I plan to do more updates like these to let you, our Brothers and Sisters, know that I am listening and that my priority is to represent you.
And of course, if you haven’t already, VOTE to make your voice heard!