Thursday, March 29, 2018
My Fellow AME Members: By now, you, along with every other AME member, should have received your 2018 General Election Ballot by mail. By the end of next week, election results will be posted, which means that if you have not yet filled out and submitted your ballot, you need to do so as soon as possible if you want your voice to be heard and your vote to be counted.
Our union, much like our country, is a democracy and your involvement and participation in this democracy as an informed voting member is instrumental to our success as an organization.
We as a union are only as strong as our membership is engaged, active, and readily mobilized. Fredrick Douglas astutely noted that "power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will." When your negotiation team is sitting at the bargaining table across from management, our demands go much farther when management knows we have 6,000 engaged, active, and informed members standing behind us ready to fight for what they have earned. Conversely, however, our team is weakened when we project apathy. Without a strong and active membership, our ability to make demands is diminished greatly.
Make no mistake, management and the elected officials of this County are paying close attention to voter turnout for these AME elections. If we demonstrate an ability to mobilize our members and have them turn out the vote, we are perceived as a union that can either be a powerful ally or a dangerous adversary. If, however, we are unable to mobilize, and our voter turnout is low, if apathy rules the day, we will be perceived as weak, disorganized, an un-united union and the consequences of that apathy will be reflected in our contract. An informed, engaged, and involved union means better pay and better benefits. It's as simple as that.
It's as simple as voting.
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