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Strength and Resolve

Greetings, Brothers and Sisters. I hope those of you that attended our 60th Convention to conduct the important business of the International enjoyed our time together. This being my tenth International Convention, it is the best one I have ever attended and maybe in our history. 

We had one of the largest, if not the largest, International Conventions I was a party to. It was one the most diverse conventions ever, and the delegates elected one of the most diverse leadership teams ever. This is a credit to our International President John Costa. Thank you for your vision and leadership, making the ATU stronger than it has ever been! 

Thanks to the over 600 delegates who attended the convention on behalf of our 200,000 members in the U.S. and Canada. We set a strong vision for the future of our Union and our members to tackle the many challenges that we will face in the coming years. 

Thanks to the delegates for electing me as your International Secretary-Treasurer. I do not take for granted the trust that is placed in me to hold and guard your finances. It is an honor and privilege to serve the members of this Union. I accept this responsibility with all of my mind, heart, and soul.   

As I write this article, the midterm elections in the U.S. have taken place. Democrats have maintained the majority in Senate by a slim margin of 50-49 with another important runoff election in Georgia between the ATU-backed Senator Raphael Warnock and former NFL football player Hershel Walker. Our Union, Locals, and members will be out in full force once again as they were in 2020. Unfortunately, Democrats lost the House of Representatives, but we will work to win it back in 2024.  

In Toronto, ON, our members at Local 1587-Toronto, ON, waged a successful four-day strike, ratifying a strong contract to address our Local’s safety concerns and critical language to stop the contracting out of our members’ jobs. The solidarity and strength of our members and the support from our fellow unions, friends in government, and community allies were critical to this important victory.

What is also clear is that we cannot rest on our laurels. We must continue to fight each day to improve the working conditions and the quality of life of our members in both countries.

As the Holiday season approaches, we must use this period to spend quality time with our families and friends. Strengthen our resolve and start the new year off ready for battle. We are ‘Stronger Together!’

Happy Holidays to you and may GOD bless your family and you.