After nearly 40 years of having the privilege of serving our membership on the Local 51 Executive Board, representing members at KGO-TV, holding office as Local Secretary/Treasurer and for the last 30 years as your Local President, it is time for me to move to the next chapter in my life.
As we all know, the broadcast industry is unrecognizable from what it looked like in the 1970's when I started in this business. There have been many challenges and opportunities for all of us along the way - too many to count.
It has been a long dusty trail fighting hard to keep our jurisdiction over the years. The endless claim by management that someone other than us should do the work, simply because of "new" technology; their constant desire to get us out of "Broadcasting" the product that we produce, whether broadcast over the air to the rabbit ears (I know most of you do remember those or at least have heard of them) or through your fiber line recently installed by your cable provider. The delivery method never matters, despite the arguments we have endured.
I am very proud of what we have done together. We still remain the first and only NABET Local (so far), to recognize the importance of merging two strong ABC Network locals together, thereby eliminating duplicative work and inefficient ways of doing business. The resulting financial strength that single change has provided has given us the ability to fight even harder for the members we represent. I know that the hard-fought fight would not have been possible without the support and effort of Local 57's President, Richard Daszkowski and the Executive Board and members of both Local 57 and Local 51. For that I am ever grateful.
We are in great hands looking forward. With the recent election of our existing members and some new members to the Local 51 Executive Board and especially with the election of our new Local President, Carrie Biggs-Adams, I have great hope for our future. Carrie has served NABET for the last 40 years and is no stranger to Local 51, where she has negotiated many contracts for our Local, as well as others, while working as a staff person for 15 years in the Washington, D.C. headquarters. It has been a pleasure working with her as our Business Agent over the last two years.
I leave you with this final request. This Union is successful because of member participation. Maybe you have never thought about being a steward or getting involved so I ask you to please consider stepping forward now. The Local will provide all of the training and support you will need to help ensure that we continue to keep our contracts strong and provide the job security we deserve for our families.
The Local and our contracts would not be in the shape we are in without the help and participation of those that have come before us. Thank you Jim Greene for being my personal teacher and mentor and the countless others who are retired now, but are still behind our efforts. I want to thank our local 51 Office Manager, Deedee for all of her continued hard work and support, our attorney Ralph Phillips for his outstanding counsel and representation, and all of the Executive Board members both past and present for their support.
Most importantly, I want to thank my wife of 38 years, Maureen and our two sons, Christopher and Spencer for their support and endurance. It hasn't been easy and I may be an inch shorter than I was when I was first elected, but I would have never lasted this long without them and their support.
Thanks to all of you for your support over these decades and allowing me to do something I have truly loved. I will continue to finish up some important projects in the Local and work through the transition period with our new leadership. I look forward to hearing of your involvement in continuing to keep our Union strong.
NABET Local 51
Local 51's Family Picnic will be held on Sunday, October 7th from 11:30 AM to 4 PM at Tilden Park – Padre Site (Berkeley),
We're serving chicken, pork ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. Bring a dessert or appetizer to share.
RSVP by September 21st with the number of adults and number of children via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 398-3160.
240 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(888) NABET DH
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