A heartfelt thank you goes out to the CWA 6201 AT&T Construction Members Chris Howell, Joel Bullard, Brian Johnson, Nick Runyon, and Joe Humphries who stepped up to the plate and donated their time to walk a shift at the Main Gate. What better way to show support and solidarity than to commit a whole picket crew to walk a shift. It is this kind of support from other Unions and the Local Community that continues to show that this fight is worth fighting and that they believe the same way.
"Fighting Today to Protect Tomorrow"
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We would like to thank Dan Henninge for seeing the importance of getting your family involved. Dan's sons Jack and Nick were very positive about why their Dad was here walking the Picket Line when I talked to them. They didn't know all the details but understood that their Dad was doing the right thing by supporting this fight. I was very impressed with them both, Dan has obviously raised his kids right. Again Dan thank you so much for bringing them down to see what your doing. Who knows they may be members here some day and they might just be the future we are all fighting to protect.
Thanks goes out to LL776A Negotiator James "Stretch" Little for bringing his son Kolby out to walk the picket line. Giving a family member an opportunity to walk a picket line allows them to understand what it is like to stand up for what is right and to help them understand the sacrifices that are being made to ensure we take care of those who will follow in out footsteps one day.
We would like to thank IAM District Lodge 166 Organizer/Business Rep. Javier Almazan out of South Bay Florida for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come and support our effort. He also reached into his pocket to make a $100 dollar donation as well. If it were not for his support and the support from many others we would feel as though we were in this alone, but I assure we are not. We have had countless donations of money, food and other items to help keep our members standing tall and proud of what we are trying to achieve and that is "one day longer than it takes" to make sure we get a fair contract that will continue to take care of out members and the futures of those behind us.
We would like to thank AFLCIO Director of Field Education and Research Joe Arabie for coming out in a show of solidarity to join us in walking the picket line. While we didn't get Joe's picture hopefully we will get a chance to take one the next time he stops by.
Ashley Alviar head of the Young Machinists of Texas came from Texas out to PAX to walk the picket line with her fiancé Branden Ahrens and her brothers from PAX. I would also like to thank this weeks participants at the WWW center for all of their generous donations and support.
We would like to thank the Negotiating Team that were here to negotiate the B52 & B1 Aircrew Training Program that covers several locations. Pictured below is Local 2771 Shop Steward/Negotiator Greg Steinle from Dyess AFB in Abilene Texas, Local 2771 Shop Steward/Negotiator Ray Hollingsworth also from Dyess AFB, Walt Slocombe Pres. Local 281 from Barksdale AFB in Bossier City Louisiana,and DBR Dist 161 Craig Martin from Lake Charles Louisana.
We would like to thank Tarrant County Labor Council for Latin American Advancement President Pauline Ramos who brought her Grandson Austin Moreno out to show support by walking the Picket Line.