Hello my brothers and sisters, I pray that all of you and your families are doing well. First I would like to thank all of you for giving me the opportunity to attend THE COUNCIL OF PRISON LOCALS CONVENTION. The convention was a very good learning experience and I did my best in representing Local 1145. REMEMBER it is very important that you know your rights as an employee, everyone should have a copy of the MASTER AGREEMENT. If for some reason you do not have a copy of the MASTER AGREEMENT, go to Personnel and request a copy. When you are not being treated fairly remember to document everything and all the witnesses who are present at the time. "YOU" have the right to be treated fair so stand up and demand it, but be smart and tactful about how you do it. Whenever Management calls you in to discuss an issue, if you think you may need a union representative never be afraid to ask for a union steward. You will never be treated badly if you ask for a representative and are less likely to suffer any form of abuse if you have someone else present during questioning by such agency representatives as OIA. Hey if you don't have a witness, it's your word against theirs. Who do you think they will believe? Yes! you can ask for a union steward if you are called to SIS, and you should before you start talking and signing documents, but it's your choice to call for a union steward. Last but not least Please treat one another with respect, because we all need each other.