> *This email has been sent to AT&T SE Local Presidents, District 3 Staff & Secretaries.*
> Attached is the compiled list of Bargaining Suggestions from the Pre-Bargaining Task Force meeting, April 28-29, 2015. The committment was to forward to all who attended, however, we do not have email addresses.
> Feel free to call me if you have questions.
> In Unity,
> Thelma Dunlap
Candidate’s campaign literature:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
First, let me start off by thanking you for your continued support over the last few months. I am excited about the future of District 3 and I know that many of you share that excitement with me. I want to share with you a few more of the items that I intend on accomplishing during the next term as District VP.
SIF/Growth Funds- I will seek to utilize these funds to fight for and strengthen our Union. These funds have been set up to increase our bargaining power and to grow our Union. As your representative on the National DFOC Committee, I know that they are not currently being used to their full potential in District 3. I see what these funds are capable of accomplishing and as your VP I will make every effort to use these funds to their full potential for projects in District 3 and stream line the reimbursement process.
Budget- I will ensure that the budget for our District is used to best represent and serve our diverse membership. As we fight through hard times, cuts that need to be made will come from non-essential places and not from the direct representation of members. Together we all understand that the long term solution to our budgetary troubles will come from putting an increased emphasis on organizing here in District 3.
Confidence and Support- When I am in office you will know, on the very first day, that the District is with you 100%. I will ensure that we have your back and that we are standing right beside you fighting for the rights of our members. Our strength is in our unity and our fight is with the various companies that we deal with, and not with each other. I commit to you that I will do more than just talk of change, I will bring change.
Recently there was a response to my intentions with the AT&T Southeast Bargaining team. This particular issue is exclusive to one bargaining unit and I do not believe that this is the place for my response to that letter, but I do believe it to be worthy of a response. The full story of what occurred in 2012 with the makeup of the team and how it happened can be viewed here, or through an email request to the campaign email. I want us all to be fully informed, so please take the time to read it.
This is an important election for our Union. We are the last great fighting force for middle class America and if we want the labor movement to survive, we must all work together. You have to decide if you are satisfied with where we are today or if you believe that together, we can move forward in our fight for fair treatment and the betterment of our members.
Why me? I plan to serve you with dedication each and every day, making things better in our District through my Leadership, Drive, and an Uncompromised Work Ethic. You can count on me to lead by example and to expect the ones working with me to be just as determined in representing and serving our members. I will bring positive changes and I pledge to you that I will follow through with these commitments. We do not have time to continue waiting for things to happen. You can expect things to start changing at the beginning of my term and not at the end.
In this race, my age and experience has been called into question. There is a fundamental problem with any organization, that in today’s world would label a 43 year old man as too young; a problem. My experience speaks for itself. I have served for 13 years as a Local President and have served on committees at the Local, District, and National levels including chairing ones at the Local and District level. Currently I serve on the National Defense Fund Oversight Committee. I am involved in the oversight of multimillion dollar funds and the budgets that are associated with these funds. I have also managed Local budgets that have gone through two different mergers. I know how to make a budget and where savings can come from to make them effective for members. I bring relevant experience by knowing the current issues firsthand. I understand what Local Officers and members are facing every day in the workplace. Through my experience working on National projects, and working with National Officers, I am able to bridge the gap that currently exists between the rank and file, our District and our National.
I will bring accountability, starting at the top. While doing this, the grievance process at the District level will be improved and work as it should. Solving the problem with the grievance procedure at the District level will enable grievances to become the effective tool that they were intended to be. I will bring Unity to our district by having better communication amongst all groups so that the issues faced by one, will be known by all. We are all in this together. There will be more effective communication between the District and our members and Local Officers. I will help to modernize our District and use the technology available today to benefit everyone. We have to make better use the resources available to us by fully utilizing the SIF and Growth Funds which will offer opportunities for growing our Union and strengthening the fight for better contracts.
I ask you for your support and vote in the upcoming election and I look forward to bringing a new fight to our District Office. A fight that I am committed to continuing for years to come. We are all in this together and I...
> **This email has been sent to Mobility Local Presidents, Staff Representatives and their Secretaries**
> We just received this flyer yesterday afternoon. You have the option to use the flyer of your choice for your mobilization activity on tomorrow, May 1st or later.
> In Unity,
> Betty J. Witte
> Administrative Director to the VP