On October 1st I accepted the role and responsibility as your president. As the month progressed and I settled in, I was humbled by the legacy and hard work of our previous president who held this position before me. The time and effort put forth into this position has not gone unnoticed. The executive team has impressed me with their dedication and knowledge base and I am confident we as a team, will continue to maintain what has been established thus far.
Since taking on the position, I attended my first Council of Component President’s summit and had the pleasure of meeting others in the same role as well as their delegates. That same week, I attended the CUPE airline division summit as well as the CUPE national convention. It was a phenomenal experience knowing that our local is part of a community of like-minded people working towards the same goals as recognized and valued safety professionals. CUPE National is 651,000 members strong and we do make a difference!
Our Local has been assigned a new national representative, Theresa Mitchell. Theresa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Local. I am excited to be working with her, she challenges and inspires me to do better every day!
Communication with management and members has been my main goal over the last month as well as orienting myself in this role has been all consuming. Communication regarding our CBA and amending the language on the red eye and 3/17 articles has been of primary importance as well.
As we are launching into our winter season I look forward to meeting all of you as I pass through each base during our general assembly meetings.
In conclusion, I strive to meet your expectations, and continue the fight for a safe, fair and respectful work place on behalf of all of our Cabin Crew going forward. I will continue working to elevate our profession to the wider public, while lobbying for greater respect from our employer despite the continuing changes and challenges of the airline industry.
Thank you all for your continued support.