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Dept. of Labor

It's Over. Sort Of. For Now.

All five of our units passed the tentative agreement. My unit, as I expected, provided the most unpleasant ratification session. Oddly, as much as it made me want to slap some people, I was proud of them for questioning us so closely and, in some cases, so uncomfortably. They were more tuned in to the issues than other units. I still think they need to be more involved, but at least their understanding and awareness was way beyond that of some other folks. I disagreed with what they said, but they're our union brethren and they have the right to hold us to account. Would I be so magnanimous had my unit been the sole one amongst five to reject the TA? I don't know.

It's not over, of course, not by a long shot: we forced the company to agree to keep talking after this contract extension kicks in in January on the issues we couldn't come to an agreement on now. They hated that, but we got it. So now, after a few weeks' breather, it's back to forcing them to talk, to dealing with potentially different people across the table (like losing the closing thing to an honorable man they had there, since he's planning to retire and god knows what they'll land us with). It's back to more mobilization inside the unit. It's on to mobilization and organizing of other non-union areas of the company. Its dealing with some unavoidable fallout from unhappy union members who we have to keep close by us so they can't poison the well; it's all that and more, Howie ...

Some of the 'more' is learning from our mistakes, our strategic and tactical missteps. As is usually the case in these things, one can realize those mistakes at any time. Usually as the last minute, or only after the issue has been brought up unexpectedly by an unhappy member. And sometimes it's something you suspected you needed to do, or ask, or fight, at the negotiating committee level, but didn't listen to your instincts. And as soon as you don't listen to your instincts, it comes back to bite you in the ass. Other lessons: don't let an honorable man whose only communications paradigm is "LAWYER" try to communicate to people who speak in "REPORTER". We keep forgetting that, and it doesn't help. (Long story short? Union (largely) reporters; exec. dir. who is a pretty awesomely honorable man? Lawyer. I really should have been the official translator. More notebook stuff on my part for next time.

But let's leave "next time" until at least January. In the meantime, the only union thing I want to deal with is the potential of setting up a debriefing and venting bowling game.

Oh, and the people I felt worst about not representing well? I feel better about that now. They supported us.

That'd be nice.

In other news, I took the plunge and hung a [community profile] fandom_stocking . I have no idea when it'll be vetted and hung, but it'll be there. And I will also take the plunge to try to fill a few.

Love you all, my friends. I'm exhausted, I have plumbers coming tomorrow stories to do, a condo association to chivvy. I'm going to bed; being unconscious tonight.beckons like a sultry lover.

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Dec. 4th, 2013 07:21 am (UTC)
I'm glad it was passed...
Dec. 4th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks - so am I. It was a bear, no doubt about it. But we got it.
Dec. 4th, 2013 09:55 am (UTC)
I love you, honey....good luck with the plumber - and brava for the good job. Hindsight is always 20/20 - and now you are armed with knowledge for the future! always the best way to think of it. For now? Leave it for January, bb...

Dec. 4th, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, cuddles - one of the best ways to wake up to a new day; thanks!

And don't you forget to have a great day, too!
Dec. 7th, 2013 12:16 pm (UTC)
Aww, you're welcome, sweet lady!

I did - the rest of the week was for shit, but that day was a rather good one!
Dec. 5th, 2013 03:27 am (UTC)

Good job, managing through all of this and getting it to pass. Good luck with the puppies and the plumbers.

being unconscious tonight.beckons like a sultry lover. <- made me grin
Dec. 5th, 2013 03:55 am (UTC)
Heh ... puppy hugs. I love that icon. I had kitty snuggles, which also helped.

The plumbers came over and did $585 worth of emergency work, and we'll have them again next week for the proper maintenance we should have done to prevent the emergency work (I know, I know; backwards. But we'll prevent more emergency work, at least.)

And we're going to have to get a cleaning service for the boiler room. Our luck ran out on the back up and it was true sewage that backed up. I haven't the heart to tell my son yet; some of his things were in that room. Gah.

Still and all? Puppy hugs and kitty snuggles!
Dec. 5th, 2013 05:32 am (UTC)
(the second of those puppies was meant to be "story writing"... I don't even know how that happened)

Yeck. At least you'll have the peace of mind now that this won't happen again.
Dec. 5th, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
At least you'll have the peace of mind now that this won't happen again.

If you're talking about the plumbing backup, we're going to try to ensure that it doesn't, but sadly, it's been a cyclical thing. It may be the nature of the old pipes and old system in the building (which would be prohibitively expensive for the association to fix). What we can do, though, is minimize the events.

By the way, I think that puppies and the plumbers is the start of a fantastic band name. *g*
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