First of all, I want to thank Paul Borsman for all of his hard work in building and maintaining the stony brook center website for all these years. He is a truly wonderful, dedicated man and we will miss him.
Next order of business relates to the center. I can't emphasize enough the importance in doing the job the right way. The company has proven that they have zero respect for their union workforce and zero compassion for the hard-working employees that pay their salaries. An all out war is looming and there will be more casualties, but we need to reduce the chances of being fired by following the rules. No shortcuts, no cheating, no bullshit.
Lastly, I want to address bigger picture issues. Across the local and across the country, the company is rolling over the union. Last year's local election was decided by only 70 votes. If only 36 people had voted differently, the results would have been flipped.....what does this mean ? EVERY vote matters !!! We will be harassing you guys for the next few weeks and all I can say is, it's for your own good. There are too many people that don't take the 2 minutes needed to fill out the ballot and mail it back, free of charge ! This is not how a democracy is supposed to work and it's not acceptable. Every one of us will vote and I hope every one of our votes is for Fred Zuckerman and Teamsters United. We can't survive much longer at this rate and we need to end the corruption- concessions connection at the IBT. Talk to your neighbors on the line, talk to your buddies at lunch, talk to your loaders, talk to anyone you see that isn't part of the nazi management team. It's too important to let even one vote slip by............vote !!!!