Holiday message on behalf of the executive and staff of the OSBCU.
There is no doubt that 2020 has been a difficult and trying year. As we put convention and the new central agreement to rest, our world was disrupted by a global pandemic. This pandemic challenged all of us in so many ways. We faced months of social isolation, health concerns, and scrambled to find ways to do the work we love either virtually or under strict health and safety protocols. But OSBCU education workers responded as we know they would – they went to great lengths to engage with their students, they found new ways to ensure their work was completed and continued to be valued, they participated in webinars and learning sessions to ensure that they would be safe while at work. Locally, union leaders also faced challenges – many of our leaders successfully negotiated and ratified local agreements online and through electronic voting. General Membership meetings have taken place on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet and we are hearing that attendance has never been so good.