Brothers and Sisters,
We have come to the end of the first week of our shared crisis. While the disruption began nine days ago, our nightmare is ending it’s first official week. To date, brothers and sisters, we have five contracts currently furloughed entirely. They are T-45, T-39, T-6 Pensacola, T-6 Whiting Field, and AIMD Pensacola. I have posted and Tony Wirth, Business Representative, District 75, has asked me to remind everyone, that not all contracts have been, nor will they be affected in the same manner. That does not mean that they will not be impacted, it means that for now at least, they are still working. I am thankful for that.
The Local office has been open and staffed this entire week. My personal thanks to Robert Wood, Pat Tomney, George Condon, Regina Holmes, Lou Hildman, and W.T. Brown. We have been monitoring the ongoing, whatever you want to call it, in Washington D.C. We have also been reaching out to local utilities, businesses, and financial institutions. Most have been very understanding, including Navy Federal Credit Union, Gulf Coast Community Bank, and ECUA. We are trying to contact as many as possible, but we are need of some volunteers.
I would encourage ALL MEMBERS, furloughed or not, to begin contacting your creditors and explaining your situation. Do not lose your furlough letter, if you received one. Most managers and office staff have been furloughed as well and obtaining a copy could be difficult.
A quorum f the Executive Board meet again yesterday afternoon to discuss the current state of the Local Lodge. We consulted the Local Bylaws, International Circulars, and the IAM Constitution to establish the correct procedures for moving forward. There will be an announcement at 1 p.m. today, from the Local Lodge President.
I am asking that questions be routed through the local lodge. Our Business Representatives and District staffed are working very hard. There is scarcely a local in the district, that deals with federal or service contracts, that has not been affected by the government shutdown. In the Florida Panhandle, we are approaching 1000 furloughed members, from 5 different locals.
Please check back for updates and announcements. Take care and god bless.