Usually I am not one to post things from my perspective, but I really wanted to make it a point to inform many of you about a recent event that took place in Lansing. I was one of the fortunate Deligates from Local 699 to attend the Young Worker's Summit 2014. Hundreds of Union members from various Unions around Region 1-D poured in of ALL ages. Not just young in age members.
This was the first attempt at anything like it around our Union. The motto "Respect the past, build the future" was dubbed for the summit, and it really stuck with the theme. My honest opinion, I thought it was going to be a typical classroom environment explaining how we go to where we are as a Union. And how important dues are.
Within mear minutes of the introduction at the Lansing Center, we all stood there with our jaws dropped in awe. Very energetic introduction, very motivational music. You could feel the excitement as you looked at each other. It was simply mind blowing. There were several guest speakers through out the intro, and we had the opportunity to meet everyone shortly after. Being able to communicate at a personal level is a huge bonus with members in my opinion. One on one, rather than at a microphone in front of hundreds or thousands of members.
As time passed, various speakers later we got to hear from President Dennis Williams, and Vice President Cynthia Estrada. I have never had the opportunity to meet these two, nor hear them speak in person. If you ask what one of my biggest highlights was about the whole thing, I would direct you to their speeches. Hundreds of Union members stormed thr streets immediately after, and marched to the Capital. The cries of "Who's house? Our House!", "We are, UNION" as we marched on. We were given emphasis on the importance of voting, and spreading the word to vote when we listend to the speakers at the Capital. We continued to rally with cries of "One term nerd".
The momentum rolled on for a few more days over the weekend. Members would pass each other in the hotel and continue the chants, and rally cries. In the hotel pool, as well as the local stores. Whereever we seen each other, the spirit continued. In the bus ride home, and all over social media. I really wish to keep that momentum going until the next summit, and beyond.
I encourage people to sign up for this summit the next time it comes around. Absorb the information these folks provide. It may cost you yout future if you do not get involved.
I would personally like to thank everyone who helped those of us witness it, and those of our local members who help orchistrate such a great experience. Local 699 President Ron Tribula, Region 1-D Direction Gerald Kareem, Region 1-D Assistant Director Chad Wurtzel, Josh Winiecke, and Chad Ardnt. I really hope this will be on annual thing that would be a valuable asset to our members going forward.