Feb 2019 Message from President Loat

Feb 2019 Message from President Loat

Welcome to 2019!  This year marks the last year of my first term in office, and what a year it’s been! I started my term by attending the Quadrennial Convention in Florida with thousands of our Sisters, Brothers and Kin.  Since being sworn into office, I have also had the pleasure of attending Canadian Conventions as well as District 12 Conventions.  Attending these meetings has been incredibly beneficial to my experience, and I am learning so much about what it takes to run a successful Union, not only at the Local level, but Nationally and Internationally.

Locally, there is so much we have achieved over the past 3 years.  Our Social Media Committee, chaired by Member-at-Large Arlo Bates, continues to keep up with trending topics, and lets our clients know the work we are doing, and that we are proud to share what they are doing onstage, with the backstage community.  Since taking office, I have assigned Vice-President Chris Thomson with the important task of re-invigorating the Good and Welfare Committee.  This committee hasn’t seen action for over a decade, when it was previously known as the “Flowers and Candy” committee.  I am looking forward to their ideas about how to stay connected with members who have retired, fallen ill, or are in need of some kind words and actions from their Brothers, Sisters, and Kin.  The Education Committee, led by Member-at-Large Kevin Davis, has begun the monumental task of catching up on all the educational opportunities we need to make available to our Members.  More and more members are signing up for the free service “Lynda.com” and are using that on-line education as a stepping stone for more on-the-job training opportunities.  

Nothing in our industry happens in a vacuum.  We need the active participation of ALL MEMBERS to keep progressing into the 21st Century, ensuring that the innovation within our Local operations, matches the innovations of our industry.  As an example of this, I am eager to get membership approval on a new call system that Call Stewart/Secretary Aikman, has been researching.  This new system will challenge our beliefs on how calls should be placed to members but will also help usher us forward into this ever-changing industry, where 9-5 is no longer the norm, and more business in conducted using “non-conventional” methods.  Our phone system is also in line to be revitalized, making it easier for members and clients to access the information they need using a simple menu-based voicemail system.  Paying dues electronically is also something members have been asking for, and so, I have asked Vice President Thomson and Treasurer Puttaert to take the lead on investigation and implementation of this system.  Member James Thurmeier (with guidance from Vice-President Thomson) has accepted the role as Chair of the newly established Young Workers Committee. An overwhelming number of Locals across North America have a Young Workers Committee, and I encourage ALL MEMBERS to spread the word, so that we can join in the Nation-Wide movement of empowering and educating the next generation of technicians!

There are so many more individuals working hard to keep Local 63 running, and I wish I could thank them all by name.  “The will of the majority, I shall always abide by…” That is one of our oaths and it’s never been more important than it is today.  For the time being, General Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 5pm and I look forward to seeing YOU there!  If you’ve not been able to attend our General Meetings, I welcome you to participate in the survey currently being distributed by our Social Media Committee.  The survey is being distributed via email, and there are paper copies located in the Local 63 Office if you’d prefer to submit your feedback that way.

Wishing you all the best for 2019!


In Solidarity,


Sister, and President, Allison Loat


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