What an amazing second half of the year….

It seems like it was just yesterday it was the beginning of July. It is amazing how much we have accomplished in the past 6 months. MV Transportation has a new contract with raises like no contract I have seen before, as well as lots of better language throughout the contract. It is nice to go out to MV and see everybody smiling. With the increased wages at MV Transportation our membership is starting to grow. I had a chance to assist in one of the new hire orientation classes that have taken place recently. Since the signing of the new contract, we have added about sixty members to the bargaining unit at MV Transportation. DGM also has a new contract with great raises and no changes to health care costs.

 We have moved the local to a new much more cost effective location in Burien. We have a bigger space with three offices and a conference room all for quite a bit less than we were paying. All of that and we are still renting from another union. Much thanks to the Postal Workers Union. We will continue to have our Membership meetings at the old location on Marginal Way, at least through the end of 2019 thanks to DC5.

 We have a new Steward training class coming up on January 25th and 26th 2019 and will have at least six Stewards attending it. We will also have an advanced Steward training class coming up but the date is yet to be determined. If you are interested in becoming a Steward please let a Steward know and we get you an application. If you are interested in joining one of our committees let a Steward know as well. Our committees are Bargaining, Budget, By-Laws, Community Services, Education, Election, Equity/Women, Legislative, Member Appreciation, and Mobilization committees.  

We have gotten lots of donations through the work of our Stewards, officers, members, and the Community Services Committee to give to Mary’s Place. I hope our clothing drive continues to grow. If you have any old clothes please bring them in and give them to one of your Stewards. Remember we are making a difference in people’s lives.

 I want to thank everyone that is contributing to COPE/PAF. I know not all of us want to be involved in politics, myself included, but it is important to support those candidates who support labor and the struggles of the working class woman and man. If you are not currently giving to our political action fund please see a Steward for a sign up form and you can give a mere two dollars per check. We will continue to have the Reversing Runaway Inequality class as long as we have interest in it. The class is paid for entirely by COPE/PAF funds from the CWA National, including lost time wages for those attending. If you are interested in the class please see a Steward or call the Local so we can set up another class. I want to give a special thanks to the CWA 7800 Legislative Committee chair Chris Walker. I appreciate all of your hard work.  

 In November we tried broadcasting our Membership Meeting and ran in to some issues. I think we have the bugs worked out but we will do another test run in January of 2019 before we start broadcasting to our locations in Bellingham and on the Peninsula. I know it is not logistically possible for everyone to make the meetings in Seattle, so we are going to do what we can to engage our members that cannot make it.

I am looking forward to what 2019 will bring for CWA 7800, CWA, and Unions in general. We need to continue to try hard to grow our union and make sure that other people that want and need a union can have one. Please do your work safely. Remember we are union workers and that means we do the best work out here, not the fastest. Please make sure you help out your union brothers and sisters when you can. If you see someone working unsafely take the time to politely let them know. We all want to go home to our friends and families at the end of the day.