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Showing posts from July, 2019

I got a new role, and I love it. Every minute of it. Except for the terminations.

I recently was able to make a move to Vice President of my Local. It meant that with the way in which we are structured I could fill in for a Full-time position in a semi-temporary capacity. In the course of a couple months which have flown by I have seen up close the work of actual practical union work.

On a regular basis, I will sit at my desk and within what seems like moments the day is done. With new hire orientations, disciplines, terminations, funerals, investigations, coalitions, as well as day to day events. I can't explain how incredible it is to feel like I can make positive change and provide defense for the members. There are low points, it comes with a hidden price. You have to see the forest for the trees. As a Job Steward you see the trees for the forest. Personal work relationships that didn't concern themselves with the larger picture are now not my normal. Instead I deal with point of fact clauses, and practices with policies and interpretations. What used t…