Sunday, October 30, 2005

Three Things for Sunday Night

Hello Everyone,

Before I brave the wilds of the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon, I wanted to get in a quick message to you folks regarding a few things on the union front. After my time in the wilderness, it's been a busy week, so I'll update you on the highlights then let you get on with your weekends.

Firstly, after sending out that email regarding not letting bad things go unchecked at work a few weeks back, I got an unusual complaint about a malfunctioning phone. After doing some digging around, it turns out that the phone service from office to office varies dramatically, depending on the set-up. Up in Santa Clarita and in Glendale, in particular, it seems there are problems with the voice mail, where there's no indicator light or beeping noise to alert you when there's a message waiting.

While this has apparently been the case for as long as anyone can remember, it's not how it's supposed to be-- the SAC phones should blink and theoretically, the Glendale phones should beep. After a conversation with Theresa, then Ron, they're going to have the tech services dudes look into it to see how to rectify the problem. It may take awhile, but Ron thought it shouldn't be much of a big deal to get it taken care of.

While that will hopefully iron out the problems with the phones, that's a good reminder for all of us that we don't have to put up with busted equipment or backwards situations. If you've got something that doesn't work (aside from the junky computers, which they insist will be taken care of in January or so when we switch to the new system), speak up about it-- it's no big deal to get it fixed.

When I was having this conversation with Theresa, she mentioned that she'd recently sent maintenance to repair a manager's desk. The desk had been broken, no joke, since 1990, but no one ever requested to have it fixed since "they just assumed no one would fix it."

Well, they will fix it-- and if they don't, tell us and we'll badger them until they do. No one should have to work in subpar conditions just because they assume the company's going to be too cheap to make the repairs. If you need something new, talk to your manager; if they can't fix it, go directly to Theresa. We may not have top of the line stuff, but we can certainly expect the things we're given to work correctly.

Ok, that's enough of The Great Phone Caper. Moving on, it's high time we had ourselves a Happy Hour. So, if you're free on Wednesday night (11/2), let's meet up at The White Harte Pub (22456 Ventura Blvd.) for some appetizers and drinks. We'll talk union business, eat fried food, maybe toss a couple darts-- just a chance to get away and relax outside of the office.

And finally, for those of you who haven't sent in your dues yet or given to me, let's finish paying up for October. If you could make those checks out to CWA 9400 for 2.25 times your hourly wage and remit 'em, that'd be swell. Thanks again to all of you-- I know it's an added cost that none of us relishes, but given what the union's done for us over the years, it's worth it.

That oughtta do it for now-- hope to see ya on Wednesday and let me know if you need anything in the meantime.



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