Greetings Sisters & Brothers.
It’s election time at the IBU and nominations for all Regional and National Offices will begin in September. All full-book members in good standing are eligible to run for office, provided they meet the criteria outlined in the IBU Constitution. In our Region all E-Board seats are open and need to be filled, as well as Patrolman & Regional Director. I will be stepping aside and retiring. Please consider this with some serious thought on how you would like to see the future of this regions direction in the next three years. We have seven contracts we represent. If no one from the ferry system runs for Regional Director or Patrolman you might have leader’s from another contract elected. Stepping in to do these jobs with no understanding of what has taken place in the past would be very difficult. Being in a leadership role is not for the weak at heart. These are not the jobs for the person who wants a cushy job with lots of pats on the back and thank you’s for a job well done. If you believe in the fight for truth, justice, the right to work and Solidarity for all you might want to consider running for one of these offices.
Having been a dues paying member for the past 35 years I wish you all the best in searching your souls and making a right decision in stepping up and running for one of the elected positions that are open for nomination.
Yours in Solidarity, Ricky Deising
Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific Alaska Region