A letter to the voters…

BIG NEWS: On May 13th your Equity ballot was mailed to you. Yes MAILED. Due to an anti-union challenge undermining established NLRB regulations, once again this will be a snail-mail only election. Bummer. It should be arriving in your mailbox this week. If you don’t get one in a timely manner, contact info@voteGES.com for a replacement. And yes, they can send it to you wherever you are sheltering in place currently.

Fair warning: I will be nagging EVERYONE to get that ballot back in the mail right up to the end, so forgive my zealotry. I just think it’s important, and I hope I can convince you it is, too!

This is a BIG election, as in 69 candidates for 39 seats nationwide, not including three uncontested races! That’s a lot to sift through, but it is essential that you do. 

I am running for a Chorus seat on Council in the Eastern region. Every candidate must run on their record and/or their ideas, and I have a long record with a depth of service that I am very proud of. With 20 years of service, including twelve on Council and eleven as a trustee of the Pension & Health funds, I have a reputation of being a sought-after voice of reason, able to focus the debate on what’s really at stake. My experience with institutional investing, actuarial projections, and the challenges of providing meaningful health care in a highly challenging and expensive marketplace add to my unique skill set. I find that kind of in-the-weeds policy work incredibly fulfilling.

I led the 2016 Off-Broadway negotiations to historic gains of up to 83%(!!). There has been some confusion as to the leadership of that team, so let me clear that up here.

Speaking of those negotiations, we used a negotiating strategy that involved asking thousands of members of the grassroots #FairWage movement to stand up and take action in ways Equity hadn’t done in decades. Courageously, those members rose to the challenge spectacularly. This year, I proudly stand with my incredibly accomplished and tenacious Fair Wage compatriots, as they stood by me then.

Each of the #FWOC2020 candidates comes to this election offering a unique and useful set of skills and experiences. I highly encourage you to take them ALL up on their offer, along with the ESSENTIAL Kate Shindle as President of our union. They are the finest, most committed trade unionists I’ve ever worked with, and are all progressive, independent voices committed to moving Equity into a bright future.

For more on the #FWOC2020: www.FairWageOnCouncil.org

And, PLEASE… feel free to share any of the above! Getting people excited about filling out ballots and licking envelopes is gonna take a GROUP EFFORT!!

In Solidarity,