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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Changes Within

So this summer has been quite interesting not to mention busy.  I have considered running for Auditor of my union in March and am happy to say was elected in April. As an active Union member for over 18 years, a delegate for five and believer in equality and unity all my life I was happy to be elected, but of course with that comes other responsibilities and an even bigger demand to fulfill these newly added responsibilities.

Challenges may come along the way based on past administration errors but the goal is set and I am ready to fill the shoes of my predecessor with my head held high as I bring forth the passion and drive to do both jobs, and do it exceptionally well.  No excuses, no exceptions and definitely no slacking off...  

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Black Lives Matter




Did you know these facts?

*Unarmed black people are killed 5x the rate of white.
*1 in 3 black people killed by police were identified as unarmed.
*Young black men killed by US police are at its highest rate in years (1,134).
*Only 10 of the 102 cases of unarmed blacks killed by police in 2015 resulted in an arrest.

Here is a list of the most publicized cases of unarmed black people killed by US police in the last 18 months.

Name, death year, age (State / Cause of death)

1). MICHAEL BROWN JR, 2014, 18 (MISSOURI / GUNSHOT)
2). ERIC GARNER, 2014, 43 (NYC / CHOKE HOLD)
3). DONTRE HAMILTON, 2014, 31 (MILWAUKEE / GUNSHOT)
4. JOHN CRAWFORD III, 2014, 22 (OHIO / GUNSHOT)
5). EZELL FORD, 2014, 25 (CALIFORNIA / GUNSHOT
6). DANTE PARKER, 2014, 36 (CALIFORINIA / TASER)
7). TANISHA ANDERSON, 2014, 37 (OHIO / HEAD SLAMMED ON PAVEMENT BY POLICE)
8). AKIA GURLEY, 2014, 28 (NYC / GUNSHOT – BKLYN STAIRCASE)
9). TAMIR RICE, 2014, 12 (OHIO / GUNSHOT – MISTOOK TOY GUN)
10). RUMAIN BRISBON, 2014, 34 (ARIZONA / GUNSHOT - MISTOOK PILL BOTTLE)
11). JERMAINE REID, 2014, 36 (NEW JERSY / GUNSHOT)
12). TONY ROBINSON, 2015, 19 (WINSONSIN / GUNSHOT)
13). PHILLIP WHITE, 2015, 32 (NEW JERSEY / DEATH UNKNOWN WHILE IN  POLICE CUSTODY)
14). ERIC HARRIS, 2015, 44 (OKLAHOMA / GUNSHOT
15). WALTER SCOTT, 2015, 50 (SOUTH CAROLINA / GUNSHOT)
16). FREEDY GRAY, 2015, 25 (BALTIMORE / DIED IN POLICE CUSTODY FROM A SPINAL CORD INJURY)
17). AMADOU DIALLO, 1999, 22 (NEW YORK / GUNSHOT X 44)
18). SEAN BELL, 2006, (NEW YORK / GUNSHOT X 50 ON WEDDING DAY)
19). TRAYVON MARTIN, 2012, 17 (FLORIDA / GUNSHOT BY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER)
Trayvon Martin


Here it is, a complete run down of police brutality, racism and corruption that has only gotten worse throughout the years. This is about living amongst a community you can rely on to keep you safe. These lives mattered and little has been done to prevent it from continuing and it must stop. Our Government needs to face up to this and act to make things right. We should not be afraid to let our children go out and we should not fear that they would be gunned down and murdered with no true justice prevailing.   ~Susan B. Anna

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Motivation or a lack thereof...



Sadly many of us are simply working to pay bills and just basically feel stuck in a job we can't stand. Settling to make ends meet and praying for that one vacation getaway that will make it all seem worth it while busting your ass to actually make it at doing something you actually love. Dream on or go for it.  ~Susan B. Anna

Friday, June 24, 2016

Great Kid Quote



If only a kids perceptions can truly be a motivational tool for some.  Hard to be happy at a company if you don't feel appreciated nor even recognized as an asset. ~Susan B. Anna

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Are we Union or Corporate?

Working for a union once meant job security, wage increases when warranted, safety, amazing benefits, and union representation if anyone felt they were being treated unfairly by upper management or staff.  As a union worker myself for over twenty years I have witnessed so many changes throughout the years that can make Albert Einstein roll over in his grave. The union is no longer running under individuals with a back bone and our union heads have disappointed us in so many levels these past few years that understandably many have given up.

When I first began as a union employee I was both thrilled and very excited to be  part of an organization with such high regards, integrity and political involvement, but now I see how quickly that can all change.  All it takes to see a union crumble is a shift of Management and a new Fund Manager with a past in law to corrupt the masses, change things internally and force individuals out because they know full well how these changes will soon come to haunt us.

Union workers are doing the job, the organization is growing  and the work load keeps growing as more duties and responsibilities are being assigned with no monetary compensation or overtime.  It is also totally disturbing to want to move up within your organization, but have all these obstacles like job posting timing, HR and management interference; and testing that will be very difficult for many within to pass because they intentionally make it hard to get a passing grade, or already have someone in mind for the position they can probably pay less than a Union member for.  Union jobs are slowly diminishing, and new job classifications are being put in their places simply because those who were in charge of our Union were too afraid to stand their ground.  Changes are expected at every working environment, but when your Union doesn't fight for their members jobs and let management dictate their every move there is certainly a problem. 

Within the past few years we have been through  a lot. There is no longer any respect  within and member moral is at an all time low.  One can pass blame and continue to point fingers but we all have a voice,  the power to take back our Union, and should not be afraid to do so.  As unified members we can make it stronger.  We must all act now, and stop letting the fear of losing our jobs keep us silent.  The more we continue to be manipulated by management, the more they will continue to adjust  our job descriptions, call it necessary due to your title and department restructuring and get away with not paying you for the extra work and or overtime that may go on your time sheet as "unapproved. "

Remember, we are the front runners of this organization. The members, providers and employers talk to us to get the benefits rolling and their medical bills paid.  Most of management cannot perform our duties.  Stop being afraid to stand up for your job, if we once again find the nerve and earn back the trust to be united,  our membership, Brothers and Sisters  can make this Union strong again.  I have total faith that we can.  There are many among us who feel the same but again nothing can be accomplished without UNITY.  We had it once, we can have it again. 

It's going to be challenging, stressful and maybe even frustrating as we transform this Union to what it can be, but that first step is binding together.  Trusting our strength and ensuring we have the right Officers looking after our Union.   The BFSA has had some setbacks, but that cannot deter us from obtaining the respect and UNITY we once had.  Don't let us go completely corporate, get involved, speak up and rely on your new Union Board members. They each have your best interest in mind and truly care about accomplishing great things, but we can't do it alone. 




Copyright © 2016 ~ Susan B. Anna




Monday, March 7, 2016

Day Job Madness




Being employed at the same company/organization for more than fifteen years can become very mundane.  One can easily find themselves loathing said job and not due to the job itself but the people who can make your job a living hell from coworkers to management who simply put could not comprehend your job at all but can easily dictate and or add on to your already hectic duties.

I, for one love what I do and do it with pride but have found myself lately trying to figure out why I even bother.  No one appreciates your work, or even recognizes your worth but then expect you to take everything they toss at you in stride with little complaints and without the proper training. Being grateful to have a job these days comes with a price. Your peace of mind and very little pay but then you must still be grateful.  

You sit idly by as others get hired for positions suited for you, with basically no knowledge of how the company runs and they again pile on the workload while others are even approved for overtime and you scurry through a day trying to resolve all issues tossed your way in a seven hour shift. I am just about done being a mat. I would prefer to be home doing something I truly love a hell of a lot more but we need to pay bills.

I would like to say my goal of being a success with my writing career is close but I can't.  This is a time consuming process and I am just at the beginning stages of it but hope to be where I need to be soon. Nothing would make my life fully complete until it is and I can then say the words I've been wanting to say to my day job heads for the past three years.  At this point, I would keep that phrase to self as there are some spies among us and one can never be too careful but my day will soon come so till then, peace...


Copyright (c) ~Susan B. Anna