From Denver, Colorado — 08/25/2010
All 9 areas to be rated are certainly not the worst, but all have ample room for improvement.
As DECO Security Officers we continually face challenges - how we view them defines us! Do we choose to see the challenges as stepping-stones or as obstacles. If we choose to see them as obstacles, then the challenges we face will be viewed as problems - problems that need to be overcome along with all the negative connotations associated with problems. A great deal of wasted energy can be spent focusing on a negative mindset - mindsets like "I can't", "I won't", "I don't want to" and "I shouldn't have too".
As DECO Security Officers however, we should choose to see challenges as stepping-stones, opportunities that we have encountered along the way for us to use, to "step on" so that we can achieve more, develop further and ultimately actualize more of our goals!
There are many challenges that currently face us - let's focus on one main area. How do we procure a better Health & Welfare package for ourselves? Concerns and dissatisfactions with the current benefit package, when raised to management, were met with responses like "that's the way it is", "we can't do anything about it", "it's controlled by Corporate". It has become obvious that we should not only quietly sit back and accept these responses, but also refrain from addressing the issue any further, regardless of the negative impacts it may have on our own or families lives. The options with which you are provided under the company's current Health & Welfare benefit are limited, and controlled by the company. You as an individual should be allowed to choose your own best option, on how you want to invest your hard earned benefit. And the only way that this can be achieved is by having that benefit allocated to your paycheck, whereby you can make your own decisions on how to better utilize it. Thereby eliminating an obstacle and turning it into a stepping-stone of empowerment to allow for our personal freedom of choice.
The first step in winning this particular challenge and potentially other challenges has been successfully met. A stepping-stone of unity has been established by a majority 59-15 vote, allowing for union representation by the UGSOA (United Government Security Officers of America) Local 309 and UGSOA International. This strong showing of unity will add many voices, where once only single voices were heard and disregarded.
This outcome has required the hard work and diligence of several highly motivated individuals within our ranks, who have listened to many DECO Security Officers voicing their displeasure over issues involving their employment. Their motivations are clear, they want us to be capable of having our voices being heard collectively, to be provided with a platform to negotiate for changes that may eliminate obstacles that can affect our daily lives.
Admittedly, there have been some oversights, some missteps, some lack of clear and concise communication. This will be mitigated in the future when several key components are completed; an election to determine closed shop vs open shop, election of Local 309 Officers, a constitution and by-laws written and ratified. And most importantly a ratified Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
Our group of Security Professionals is fantastic, yet diverse. We have a kaleidoscope of professionals different in so many ways, with diverse skill sets and backgrounds. Some may choose to see diversity as an obstacle - dividing rather than unifying. We should see this diversity as a stepping-stone. We should focus on our individuals' strengths and talents to work together for a strong body of unification, to afford a sincere presence in fair negotiations for our rights and privileges . We are so fortunate to have personnel that have given willingly and passionately to get us to this point, thus far. We need to support their continuing efforts, by asking questions of them, attending meetings and becoming informed.
Realistically we still face many challenges, I suppose it's a lot like a day at the beach - magical and amazing! But then there is also the sunburn, the sand in your swimwear, cold water, hot sand and perhaps even a stomach that may be looking decidedly less "six-packish". We can look for the obstacles and it will spoil our day at the beach. Or we can look for the stepping-stones - and it will be magical!