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Take the holiday spirit to heart: cherish, reflect and commit to be better in 2016

By WAYNE SPENCE — The holiday season gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us. It is a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead.

Last year was a challenging year for PEF and most recently for the world. In these days when we are surrounded by conflict and suffering in the world, it is important to remember the season’s message of hope and good will and give what joy and comfort we can to others.

As we start this new year together with greater clarity, a greater determination to succeed and a renewed commitment to our union, let’s ask one thing of each other – let’s be better in 2016.

• At our workplaces – think creatively and efficiently.

• With our union brothers and sisters – be supportive, communicate and care about each other as people.

• In our communities – give time and effort to make our towns, cities and neighborhoods great places to live; showing that PEF members add value to the community both on and off the job.

• For ourselves – commit to being all that we can be.

So, let’s commit to being better every day – to learn more, be more responsive, be more connected, be more aware, be more present. This can only serve us well as we face the challenges ahead such as contract negotiations, budget fights, workplace issues, facility closures and a ruling from the Supreme Court in the Friedrichs v. CTA case that could change the face of the labor movement in the United States.

As we look ahead to the New Year, it is clear that our work is cut out for us. I encourage you to take some time this holiday season to “recharge your batteries” and enjoy the time you share with family, friends and loved ones. These are the days to be cherished.

No matter what your religious observation, tradition or culture might be, best wishes to each and every one of you for a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season!

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