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FROM THE DESK OF BUBBA CRADDOCK
Life has been busy for Local 2201 since our last newsletter. In June, we sent stewards and group vice presidents to Leadership training at West Virginia University's Labor College, where our attendees receive extensive training to provide next level representation for our members and additional tools to strengthen our Local. You'll see the names and pictures of those individuals later in this newsletter. I am thankful for their dedication and commitment as well as all our stewards, vice presidents and officers who sacrifice time from their personal lives to serve our members.
Our National Convention took place in July. For the first time in CWA's history, there was an election for President. Claude Cummings, former Vice President of District 6 is our newly elected International President. Ameenah Salaam, former Assistant to the President from District 2-13, is our new International Secretary Treasurer. On our District level, Mike Davis is the International Vice President for District 2-13. We are optimistic about our new leadership.
As always, the issues and needs of the members of 2201 will remain our top priority. Our continued commitment to represent our members, strengthen and enforce contracts, organize new workers, and fight for pro-worker legislation will remain paramount at Local 2201. New issues arise daily. Many of those issues are resolved before they are implemented, never taking effect in the field, and we are immensely proud of that fact. When necessary, we also find resolution through contract enforcement and the grievance process. We are having remarkable success through grievances due to our stewards' work in the workplace, executing the training they've received on how to build stronger cases. Where can we do better? In our non-contractual and non-discipline cases. Many issues we face are not resolved by contract language. The phrases, "they can do that" and "needs of the business", get thrown around quite often. While there may not be a mechanism to resolve such issues instantly, there are ways to affect change. Through collective action, mobilization, and a continued focus on applying pressure, we can bring forth positive results. It takes a commitment to stand together and stay on the course as well as "outside the box" thinking to produce creative solutions to leverage the Company. This requires collaborating with your stewards, vice presidents and local officers, along with member involvement. We must not give up after being knocked down a couple of times because the fight is never over until we stop fighting. Our greatest victories are achieved through collective action, and we have proven repeatedly that when we band together as sisters and brothers, we win....WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN!!!
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