Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Thank You

May 11 was a historic day for Backus RNs, we voted to join together and speak with one voice.  August 3 will be an equally historic day.  The Backus Federation of Nurses will sit with management and negotiate a contract to cover our wages, benefits, and working conditions.  I know this contract will lead to a stabilization of our work force and a better hospital for our patients and for us.  We have come a long way in the past year, from coffee house meetings to meeting across a table.  It seems to me like  a good time to reflect and give thanks.

I'd like to say thank you to the Backus security union for leading the way, it  took real courage.

Thank you to the organizers, field representatives, and whole staff of AFT CT for the expert advice and to our union leadership at AFT CT for having faith in us.
Thank you to the other AFT locals for the help, encouragement, support, and words of advice.  Special thanks to our brothers and sisters in the L+M locals.
Thank you also to the American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO.  AFT believed in us enough to send one of their top organizers.  When I was in Washington recently I got to see how what happens in our national affiliates effects us and how we in the locals effect them.

A big thank you to all who worked on the organizing campaign and the members of the Bargaining Committee.  Your tireless hours of work are commendable, a tribute to the care you feel for your coworkers.
Thank you to all our members.  You put your faith in the organizing nurses and the committee members.  You honored all of us by doing so.
Thank you to my Higher Power for leading us on this amazing journey and placing the people to guide us along the way.

A special thank you to our families.  The greatest gift we can give one another is the gift of time.  Thank you to our families for giving us that gift so we could pursue something they know is so important.
It's good to reflect on where we've been.  It helps us remember where we were heading when we started.  We start another chapter in our local's history this week, we have clear goals and we are united in our effort.  That's all we need.

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