Brothers and Sisters;
I’d like to take a moment to talk to you about the status of the Local Union. It has been five months since we took office and we have moved forward on many issues including settling contracts that had been expired for over two years. Presently the York Union Hall remains closed while we continue to work on a solution to the issue that will allow us to maintain a presence in York. The monthly membership meetings have been suspended for June, July, and August but daily activity at the Hall continues. All of the Business Agents continue to serve the members; whether by negotiating new contracts, processing grievances, or preparing cases for local grievance panels or arbitration.
I would like to thank the Stewards for all of their hard work. It would have been impossible to take office on January 1st and move forward as we did without their dedication and support. Also I would like to thank the BA’s for their dedication and hard work they have put in the last five months.
The Local Union launched a new, improved website on January 1st, the day we took office. We have added many enhancements since January 1st and continue to add new features to provide you with up to date information concerning the Local Union, the IBT, and other Unions across the country. We are using E-mail alerts to notify members of news and events; everything from monthly membership meetings, steward meetings, contract ratification meetings and events the Local has planned for the members. Response to the new website has been overwhelming, members frequently mention it when contacting their BA and members continue to sign up as a registered member. Registering as a member of Local 776 adds your email address to list of members who receive E-mail alerts. Most alerts are sent to the general membership but occasionally we can target members by specific employer for news that is relevant to them at the workplace. Rest assured; your email address will not be given to any third party what so ever. If you haven’t yet registered as a member of Local 776 please take a moment to do so.
Don’t forget the Local Union family picnic that will be held on June 28th on City Island in Harrisburg. Myself, along with the Executive Board and Business Agents are looking forward to seeing as many members who can possibly make it attend the picnic. Later this summer the golf outing is scheduled; details will be announced shortly.
In closing I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy summer. I look forward to seeing you at the picnic, the golf outing, or when monthly membership meetings resume in September.