Dear fellow members,
To help prepare for my new role as your new Corresponding Secretary, I attended a five-day workshop called Emerging Leaders at the MTA Summer Conference in Williamstown. I spent 15 hours learning how to:
- identify objectives and understand why they are important to our members,
- how to set “winnable” goals,
- use effective communication skills (to our community as well as to our membership),
- identify and recruit union leaders,
- organize and build community support, and lastly,
- organize and build our local association’s union power.
I spent 21 hours practicing these skills. I spent three (3) hours developing an actionable plan that I can bring to Chicopee that implements everything I learned. I also spent 14 hours catching up with friends I made at the last summer conference and making new friends from other local associations. I also had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with several local association Presidents, Board Members of MTA, staff of MTA, and members of the MTA leadership, including MTA President Barbara Madeloni.
Barbara charged me with a task: Name the issues our local has, Analyze why and how these issues affect us, and Strategize what we can do to bring about real change. I believe that together, with the support and camaraderie of the new MTA Leadership, we can accomplish this task and that real change is possible with union power.
Chicopee Education Association