Thanksgiving is a time when we gather family together and regardless of the circumstances or the challenges we faced over the past year, we join together to give thanks for what we have — each other. The same is true of our Union family.
We’ve built a stronger AFSCME Ohio Council 8 ready to face the future with courage. We’ve made tough decisions, organized new members and defended our rights. And we have done it as a family, as a Union.
We have just come through a bruising election. For more than a year the campaign sparked passionate debate within our union as it has within our country. The election is over and now it’s time to focus our energy on making our jobs more secure, negotiating decent pay and benefits, and making our workplaces fairer and safer.
Our ability to respect our differences and work together is why America is admired by much of the world.
In his last Thanksgiving message to America, President John F. Kennedy wrote: “Neither the fanatics nor the faint-hearted are needed… Our duty is not merely the preservation of political power but the preservation of peace and freedom… when our cause is so great let us not quarrel amongst ourselves … our Nation’s future is at stake.”
Ohio Council 8 members have always stuck together and looked out for each other. I am confident we will continue to do so. We all have much to be thankful for.
First Vice President Harold Mitchell and all the officers of Ohio Council 8 join me in thanking you for the work you do. May you and your family enjoy a safe and joyful Thanksgiving.
President, AFSCME Ohio Council 8, AFL-CIO