Council 123 Update - 8/12/19
Council 123 Update - 8/12/19


August 9, 2019
Ladies and Gentlemen of Local Council 123,
I am very thankful that you elected me and gave me the opportunity to serve as the Chairman of Local Council 123. This job has been sometimes difficult, very busy and extremely rewarding. Due to personal/family circumstances that I did not anticipate last fall, I am bidding back to ANC MD11, and I have a training date of March 12, 2020. Teresa and I will be moving from Düsseldorf back to Anchorage at the end of December.
I have worked with Sal, Tom, and our MEC officers to develop a plan to give you the representation that you deserve. I will serve until February 29, 2020, and an election will be held in November for my replacement. The person elected will serve the last two years of the term; there will not be an interim chairman. My goal is to take my replacement to the January MEC meeting with me and provide a thorough turnover including a continuity book.
This is a crucial time for our union as we have already started preparations for Contract 2021. I hope that by announcing this now, many of you will consider running for this critical position. I will not endorse anyone, but I will sit down with all who are interested and give you an honest assessment of what is expected, the time commitment required for you and your family, and the rewards of the job (preview—they are all intangible and not financial). Council 123 chairman is a very important position in our union. You can effect change for our domicile now and going forward. The MEC officers, other MEC members, the staff, and the Negotiating Committee all look to and trust the CGN and HKG reps about all FDA issues. I encourage you to reach out to me if you are interested or have questions.
I am grateful for your trust and will continue to serve you to the best of my ability until March while preparing and supporting my replacement to provide you outstanding representation.
In Unity,

Jay Owen Sal Infante Tom Merrill
LEC 123 Chairman  LEC 123 Vice Chairman LEC 123 Sec/Treasurer