Director of Education's Report

John Serwach

 

Michigan State Association of Letter Carriers

I suspect this newsletter will hit your mailbox right around the end of “peak” season. Congratulations, you survived another one. And that means that 2024 will be here momentarily. The time between the end of the holiday season and the beginning of the New Year is a great time to reflect on what’s passed and what we hope for the future. As they say here in Detroit, Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus which is the motto of the city, its Latin and means We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes.

 

The ashes of 2023 will be left behind and with them the ghosts of goals unachieved:

 

Our hopes for a new fair contract that rewarded us for our labor.

 

Legislation that would enable our brothers and sisters with non-career time to enjoy the fruits of their labor in retirement.

 

An end to the violent attacks on our fellow carriers in Michigan and well beyond our states borders.

 

Dignity and Respect on the workroom floor.

 

A route adjustment process that works for everyone.

 

Fairness and equality for all regardless of your gender or the color of your skin.

 

While these are the “ghosts” of goals not achieved we should not mourn our failure but use this time to reflect on how we can do things differently in the coming year. While we did not achieve these goals in 2023 we have sown the seeds for tomorrow. We have held rallies here in Michigan and throughout the country to garner support for legislation that will bring an end to the criminal attacks against our fellow letter carriers. We have built relationships with Congress to bring about changes to our pension system for those with non-career time, we’ve established agreements across the aisle that will bring us to a fair contract. We’ve tried to make this country a better place for everyone and while it might not always look that way, it’s a far different place then it was 25 or 50 years ago.

 

Take the time to relax, to spend time with your family and your friends. Take some time away to plan for the things you want to achieve in 2024, both personally and professionally.

 

The New Year will have its own set of challenges. A tough congressional map, a Presidential election that is guaranteed to be absolute chaos and the ever growing challenges of technology on our workplace. Now is the time to prepare for those challenges.

 

Make a list of the things you want to achieve and consider how you will do it. If you want to cut down a tree you have to take the time to sharpen the axe first. If you’ve never been involved in your union or you have members who never have, why not? Why not now? Make 2024 the year to get involved, come to a meeting, bring a friend to a branch meeting. Sign up for LCPF, plan to vote. Participate.

 

If you’ve made it this far, well, God bless you, I hope you had a wonderful holiday and have a better New Year’s. We can do this the way we always have, together.

 

 

-- John Serwach

Director of Education

 

December 2023