One month down…..
Well….. Month number 1 is done. An interesting ride to be sure. No different than when you start any new job, I had a rough idea of what to expect. It’s the million small things that flush out the job that are always the challenge. 31 days and 814 e-mail messages later, I’m still checking to see if I missed replying to anything. The month saw the roll out of the CSR classification issue, a provincial budget that is still being digested and still more re-org’s and restructuring. I met with 21 managers, 4 directors and 1 Assistant Deputy Minister. I worked every weekend in March to try and make sure the transition went as well as it could. And I enjoyed a gloriously relaxing 4 day Easter weekend when I realized I could never keep this pace up. And yes, it’s a job I absolutely love doing.
We had our first Local Executive meeting in March with most of the new stewards present. As of yesterday, we now have 9 new stewards. And while we spend the next few months getting them completely trained and ready to represent the membership, let me say this: It is an excellent group of people. They ask really, really thoughtful questions. They demonstrate an eagerness to learn. They come from a wide variety of workplaces. But, most importantly, they have both a desire to help and a sense of fair play. Those two traits carry a steward a long way.
Our local is slowly reconnecting again and its a great thing to see. I encourage the members to seek out their stewards and talk to them about workplace issues. Just knowing what is going on in the various areas helps us to grasp the bigger picture. The steward listing is located under the “contact us” tab on the main page. Be connected. Come back to this site often for the updates. It’s YOUR local.