Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Welcoming new members to Local 37

Last night I was attending the Point Lepreau Unit meeting where I had the pleasure of watching as Unit Chairperson Don Dickson swore in Nick Reiker as a new member of Local 37. It's great that Nick is starting his career by participating in our union meetings -- it's a way to have real involvement in what goes on in the work place, and it always makes me happy to see new members participating.
New members are something we are going to see a lot more of, since the average age of our members in in the high forties. As more and more of our existing members retire each year, we are going to have to make sure that we welcome the new people who will be replacing them.
As a union, we need to make sure we invite these new members to participate and have a real say in the running of our union, in order to strengthen our organization with their energy and new ideas. We can also help these new members excel by looking out for them and teaching them how to be sucessful and safe on the job - after all, we're all in the IBEW family together.

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