Happy Independence Day!
Sisters and Brothers,
On this, the 237th anniversary of adopting the Declaration of Independence, declaring independence for what was our infant nation from the Kingdom of Great Britain, we are humbled by the remarkable changes and growth we as a country have experienced in such a relatively short amount of time for a nation. When one pauses to reflect on the changes and strides forward we have made, even from the times of our own grandparents, as a society and as countrymen, the effect is truly overwhelming.
When our Founding Fathers wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” they weren’t just writing for themselves or to the British government, they were writing for the people of America. They were writing for the people they were elected to represent, and had to prove to each other, their fellow countrymen, and to Great Britain, that the Colonials meant business, and they were not going to be treated unequally and unfairly any longer.
Were all of the inhabitants of the Thirteen Colonies for independence? No, not all. There were some loyal to their roots, loyal to the country they or their fathers before them, came from. It was not an easy decision for some to take up the cause. If this experiment in democracy proved to be a failure, certainly the Founding Fathers and all those that believed in their cause, would be ruined…financially, socially, politically.
So why take the risk? Why tell the largest, most powerful nation at the time that their ideas of what was “fair” hardly was at all?
Be it far from comparing the two events, we as a union, as a work force, as Flight Attendants, are now facing the most historic negotiations our industry has faced to date. The blending of three independent carriers into the World’s Largest Airline is an epic undertaking. There are many factors to consider in delivering the desired end result; the industry leading contract that will pave the road for Flight Attendants for years to come. This is no stepping stone, and no small feat. Armed with experience and solidarity in providing support for your Joint Negotiations Committee, we will be successful. We will strike a new path and be the workforce of record.
So when celebrating with your friends and family today, please know that we are working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure you may continue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as you know it and we will better ourselves for the tomorrow’s to come. If you are working so that others may enjoy their time at home, we thank you. Please enjoy your day, and Happy Birthday America!
LECP Council 62
EWR • SFO • IAD