I am sure you noticed that it has been more than two months since the last ILB. It took longer than normal to gather the local articles, and I have been very busy with the other newsletter. (Not to mention training!)
This is the busiest Holiday Season I can remember for our family. NATCA takes up a lot of our time, shopping, and volunteer work finish up the rest. We wrapped presents for the Salvation Army at Woodfield Mall on our days off. I found this to be a lot of fun, met some really nice people, and all the money goes to help the needy, not just some of it. For me it seemed more like Christmas than just sitting around the house. We all find ourselves very fortunate at O'Hare this Holiday Season, good jobs, jobs we like for most of us. Each and every one of us should take the time to help those less fortunate, and not just during the Holidays, but year round.
I seem to keep forgetting to thank my wife for her help with the newsletters. If it were not for her the newsletters would not make it out to you nearly as quick. Karen does most of the mailing for both newsletters, and types all articles that I get via fax, or other written means, as well as maintaining the address list, and many other tasks. In the next week we will mail 3000 NATCA Voices in about 700 envelopes, and also about 400 ILB's in individual envelopes. This means address labels, stamps, stuffing and counting, etc. So the next time you call, say thanks, for she is truly a part of this union and deserves more credit than she gets.
... and that's all I have to say about that.
I'll leave you with this quote that Mark Peacox of SCT posted on GEnie recently. For those of you lurking and not participating in your union, take heed.
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."