Dear TCSOA Members,
As we come to the end of the Christmas Day and the end of the 2011, the Board of Directors hope each one of you had a very Merry Christmas. Nothing beats the joy of spending time with seldom seen family and friends. While some spent the day with their immediate family, others enjoyed sharing with long time friends and some were just fortunate to speak to their love ones over the telephone; others spent their day working. No matter the circumstance, nothing beats the joy of Christmas. It is a season of giving and a time to reflect on just how blessed we are. Thanks to all who came together and supported the many community service projects so the less fortunate could experience the joy of Christmas. Your support, no matter how big or small, will have a lasting effect on the lives of many. Your compassion will be received and endured for years to come.
As we move towards the New Year, take a moment to reflect on all that 2011 had to offer and the advances made throughout the year. As we, the Board of Directors, look back, we saw a year filled with ups and downs. Fortunately, there were far more ups than downs. We accomplished a lot and we are proud to say we represented our members well. We lobbied for reduced disciplinary sanctions and saw several decisions overturned, including recommendations for termination. We were successful in getting time off without pay (hours) reduced and getting some mandates changed to make our work environment even better than it was. We made progress with IA cases and was granted the opportunity to prepare for disciplinary hearing by being afforded the chance to review IA Case files prior to meeting with the administration. We enhanced the SOBER ride program by extending vouchers to those in need. We continue to work diligently to get the word out to our members not to drink and drive. We were active in the community by sponsoring and participating in many community service events including, raising nearly $7400 to assist those who lost their home in the wildfires of 2011. In addition, we were and remain active in the political arena. We capped the year with another nearly flawless Christmas Party.
We saw CLEAT fight every bill that was introduced and aimed at your retirement. More of the same is expected in 2012. In case you have not been following the major news stories of 2011, there is a battle underway aimed at reducing the benefits of the public service worker; that is you and I. Even though we put our life on the line daily, there are some who feel our retirement and benefits should be severely reduced. Don't bury your head in the sand on this issue and think that it will go away. We are well beyond the point of no return. Be prepared to get active in 2012 by making your voice count. Contact your congressman/woman and tell them no to slashing our retirement and benefits. (In the right column of the website is a "Contact your Rep" module, use it often and frequently)
We saw our relationship with the administration grow even stronger. While we understand we will not always agree, we have developed a mutual respect for one another. The Chain of Command supports the union and we, likewise support the Chain of Command. This is not to say we will always agree with one another. When the time comes and we don't, we fight for what is in the best interest of you, the general membership. At the end of the day, it is simply business.
As the year progressed, we saw the emergence of another union. We watched them from a far never really considering them to be legitimate. In the end, they were able to sway the minds of some with false, inaccurate information and false promises only to fold and join forces with Law Enforcement.
On December 9th, we capped the year off with another nearly flawless Christmas Gala.
FY 2012 looks even brighter, we are already actively planning and coming up with new exciting ideas and ways to serve you better in every category. We will publish them as they materialize. Until then, enjoy what is left of 2011. We look forward to making 2012 the best year ever! We hope and you had a Merry Christmas and that it will be followed up with a Happy New Year. Remember, stay alive, don’t drink and drive. Go to the “Action Center” for more information on the SOBER Ride program. There are two programs listed.
TCSOA Board of Directors