President's Message: Cape's Corner - Winter 2017

This is our year-end Holiday/Christmas newsletter and I cannot believe how much we have done together as a union over the last twelve months! If you want to see this in Technicolor, check out SEIU-West 2017 Year in Review on YouTube.

In short, you, our members, are truly incredible!

You do the heavy lifting when it comes to reaching out to our communities and politicians to educate them about the important work you do, how they can support us and how we can work together to improve our province. Our members are fearless when it comes to stepping up to the plate to meet with local and provincial political leaders to talk about the decisions they are making that affect our lives and livelihoods.

Hundreds of members have accessed education sessions: from being an activist to shop steward to facing management. And in turn, you have given your time and talents to your co-workers to represent them and ensure they are treated fairly.

We have rallied together, signed petitions, and written briefs to government. We have had good meetings and challenging meetings. We have held information pickets, been locked out of our workplaces, organized new members, and raised awareness about our work and the needs of the people we serve.

We have worked side by side with our staff who have stretched their calendars and drove thousands of kilometres throughout the province to talk with members and represent their interests. We have bargained agreements, fought grievances, and attended arbitrations. We have won and we have lost.

This is the work of your union…and we have done it together over this last year.

As I look forward to 2018, I want peace and joy for each one of you. I want you to thrive; to find security and comfort.  I look forward to us working together towards fairness and justice for not just for ourselves, but for every working person and for those who are vulnerable in our great province.

So as I reflect on this holiday season, I simply say Thank You to all of you, our members, for making us a better union.

In Solidarity,

Barbara Cape, President

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