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June 3,2011

Brothers and Sisters,


I would like to thank the bargaining team and e-board for their hard work and long hours put in over the last few months. This MOA was not easy with many difficult issues and complicated outside influences to consider. Without all of their patience and understanding this agreement would not have been reached and Local 1009 would have been in a difficult position going forward. I would like to thank President John Dwyer for his leadership and negotiation skills. He has the ability to process all the information available and provide us with the best MOA possible. President Dwyer may not have had the bargaining experience of past presidents, but he does now.  President Dwyer was able to debate and negotiate on equal footing with the City Manager, and in the end got more then the Manager wanted to give. We should all thank President Dwyer.
Most importantly I would like to thank the membership. You made a courageous vote, saving jobs and saving our collective bargaining rights. You showed unity and strength in spite of little personal gain. It was an overwhelming positive ratification vote in very difficult times. You understood the issues and did the right thing. You should be proud.
As you know this summer we will be without manpower overtime funds. We just took a strong vote to save jobs and not to close companies. We just made a statement to the Chief, City Manager and the City Counsel that we believe that manning is important. With that said I am urging you to make every effort to com to work this summer. You have a 2 week summer vacation that you picked, P/L's, and the ability to swap, use them. Sick Leave is insurance so that when you are sick, if you have time accrued, you will be paid. If we close companies because people use S/L for the wrong reasons it only screws everyone who comes to work.(ship outs, close companies equals a heavier work load) You also may put yourself in peril that you won’t have sick time when you may need it. You may be a broken leg away from not getting paid. The Prolong Illness Plan is not guaranteed. Try to make the effort this summer, we all depend on it.

Thank You

VP D.Courville     

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