Sam Zell and Randy Michaels will need to suspend their anti-union bias if they truly want to make Tribune a success. It is not possible for a business to reach it's full potential if you've alienated half your employees right from the the start.
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By the same token, we need to show Sam and Randy our commitment to making the shining star in the constellation of Tribune TV stations.
Our purpose is to create a department that sets a new standard of quality in news and entertainment broadcasting.
We will develop technicians that raise the bar in training and operating excellence. We will foster and maintain a safe, motivating, and empowering environment for our members to enjoy competitive wages and benefits with long term employment prospects.
Our operating values are Integrity: Doing the right things; Quality: Doing the right things right; and Focus: Work smart, not hard, to maximize success.
We must continue to develop our working relationships: "Raving Fan" clients, "Gung Ho" members, cooperative and supportive managers, and an attitude in this ever changing broadcasting environment that we can't wait to see what's next.
Our success is long term job security with competitive wages and benefits that can be defined as the applause we get from serving our clients well, supporting a more profitable and providing a motivating and empowering environment for our members.
So hear is our stated picture of the future:
We want IBEW to be the union of choice, the employer of choice, and Tribune the investment opportunity of choice. When broadcast and cable stations need to revitalize with innovative, committed engineers, they will think of us as the gold standard.
Let's begin the way we mean to continue by opening a dialog with Sam and Randy now, use , keep talking with them and each other, and start moving this team forward.
All the best,