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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Virginia Democratic Primary Results

Congratulations to State Senator Creigh Deeds in his victory in the Va. Governor's primary. He ran a good state-wide campaign and out polled each of his two opponents by nearly two to one.

Sen. Deeds ran for State Attorney General four years ago with labor's support. I expect that he will again seek our support in November.

On a sad note, it appears that my former Delegate from the 38th District, Bob Hull, lost his primary contest. With over 5,000 votes cast, he fell short by 66 votes. I hope that the 20-25 members of Local 602, which I contacted last week, took the time to vote.

Delegate Bob Hull was a strong backer of union issues during his eight terms in the Va. House of Delegates. We will miss his support.

Friday, June 5, 2009

From the UA Preamble

"Mankind generally condemns that which they do not thoroughly understand and through prejudice and ignorance neglect to pay that strict attention and regard to the principle of unity..."

In essence, ignorance leads to fear and prejudice, which then generates bigotry and hatred.

Free speech may be protected but hate speech is not.

It is one thing to to be infected by fear and to allow the toxins to enter your own heart. It is quite another to attempt to affect others by spewing venom and hostility to any and all that we are obligated to call our brothers and sisters.

The caustic comments uttered under "good and welfare" at our last meeting were way over the line and should be condemned.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Reach out to others that need a Union

This post is designed to help us reach beyond our parochial interests. The Wal Mart workers need Union protection. Local 400 of the United Food & Commercial Workers are involved in a nation-wide effort. Here is a link to a Facebook page to help you get involved with their efforts. If you scroll down the page you will find a previous link to a show involving a discussion of the Employee Free Choice Act and local Apprentice Programs. Local 602's efforts in apprentice training were included in the panel discussion. Ron did a pretty good job with very short notice.

There is a show this Sunday, June 7th, 6:30 PM that you can watch on cable if you live in or around Fairfax, Va. You can also watch it "live stream", via the Internet. The moderator would appreciate if you e-mail or call in comments or questions.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Aftermath of the Local Union Election

Congratulations to everyone that chose to run for office. No matter what was your platform or what was your results; you chose to step forward to strengthen our Local Union when others did not. You should be applauded for your efforts.

Congratulations to everyone that came out to vote in your Local Union election. The turnout was approximately 25%, the same as most past Local Union elections.

I once lost by 1 vote to be elected to the Executive Board. I was angry for about 24 hours and then reality tapped me on the shoulder. That one vote was there on election day. I personally failed to make a difference in their mind. That wasn't their fault, it was mine.

Our next election is two years away. We will vote for Delegates to the International Convention of the United Association in June, 2011. Before you throw everything out, I suggest that you take notes. What worked? What did not? Write down every person's name that you witnessed that voted before you forget. Be a better candidate next time. That applies to everyone who was successful or not.