This is the time of year when the true spirit of our Members can come to life. Inside of each and every one of us is a desire for security, hope and the opportunity to live in peace, both in place and in mind. It is in this spirit that we come together through CUSW to build and share a community that is vibrant and caring and where our values define who we are and our actions bring our dreams to life.
CUSW comes to life through the participation of our members. It is in this spirit that we have drafted our Constitution. In addition to the contributions each and every one of us makes on a daily basis we also have elected members who fulfill the formal positions required in an organization that has legal as well as social responsibilities. Starting in January 2017, members are invited to come forward to take on these roles. The details of each of these roles will be available through Alliance Learning on the CUSW website throughout the year. Take the time to review the videos and other information even if it is only to better understand the great work that the members who do step up, are contributing to realizing our dreams.
All across the country we are beginning to see a growth in interest and in opportunities for CUSW. With this growth come new members and an increased involvement by existing members in welcoming and supporting those who have come to join us. Through the Leadership Academy and Alliance Learning we are now able to share our structure and values on-line while delivering valuable information about the world around us. Through initiatives such as Take the LEAD and Introduction to Negotiations we are able to provide new members with the tools to enable them to participate and contribute to our goals as soon as they join us.
It is a tradition that at this time of year we welcome all new members who have joined with us in building CUSW. This year we have the pleasure to offer a Special Welcome to those who have joined us as non-bargaining-unit members. These folks have joined us, not to improve their wages and benefits, but to be part of building the kind of future that all of us can believe in. This is a whole new part of CUSW and we look forward to the contribution that these folks will make to the development of our Union.
The last Convention approved a new role for the Units that is focused on building CUSW outside of the workplace. Throughout 2017 the Units will be hosting activities and social events that provide the opportunity for Members and their families to come together. Check out the Unit websites for more details.
Every year at this time we ask you to reach out to someone who is retired or off work due to illness or injury. We also remind you that this outreach of support is not limited to Special occasions. The formal supports that we provide through our Member Assistance Program are only a part of the solution for those in need. As members we are also friends and as friends we can provide the heart and emotional supports that make all the difference to someone who is lonely or on the road to recovery. By helping others we also help ourselves.
On behalf of all those who help CUSW to work for all of us – HAPPY HOLIDAYS