Council 38 - Narita
LEC Vice President
Miso Scoop - Letter from the MEC (Sep 25, 2020)
September 26, 2020
Ladies and Gentlemen at FRA, HKG and NRT:
We are, as we know you must be, deeply disappointed by the decision of the arbitrator in MEC 6-20 – International Base Closures. Late this afternoon, we received word from our System Board Members that a verbal award had been rendered and we were advised the Union did not prevail. We do not have the full written decision and without it, we have a number of questions as to the factors the arbitrator considered in reaching that decision. However, consistent with our commitment to you, we told you that once we heard anything about the case, we would share that with you.
We understand this decision has far reaching consequences for each one of you , not only for your personal life, but for your professional life as well. We recognize that there are any number of questions each of you have and that as we approach that ever present October 1, 2020 deadline, the uncertainty builds. It’s reasonable for you to look for answers and for you to reach out to your Local Council Officers for these answers. Please understand that your Local Council Officers will likely have a similar list of unanswered questions.
Be assured of our continued commitment to each one of you as we work to obtain answers to these questions. Not knowing about the outcome of the CARES Act extension is significant. We want to make sure that none of you react immediately to this announcement. We need additional answers to questions on the CARES Act extension and ask for your continued patience while we work through these issues with an end goal of having additional information for you next week and prior to you making any decisions.
In the interim, we must renew our commitment to work together, to help each other. All of our circumstances are different yet there is an underlying commonality in the uncertainty that accompanies this announcement. To that end, we’ve developed a centralized e-mail address for you to send your questions: email@example.com.
This series of events is life changing and we realize that each of us has our own internal mechanism for coping with stress and uncertainty. We understand the myriad of feelings with which you are faced – abandonment, frustration, anger. All of these are valid emotions to feel at this time. We remind you, the resources of our Union are available to support you. Peer professionals on our EAP/Professional Standards Committee are available to provide you with the support you need. We encourage you to take advantage of the services these committed volunteers offer. We are available at 800 424 2406. Don’t hesitate to give us a call.
The Officers of the United Master Executive Council
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