By Dan Mikel
How often do you find yourself WAITING in your normal everyday life? How many of the following examples fit your life?
- For the traffic light to change?
- In line at your favorite super market or other retailer?
- In line at a gas station, so you are on the correct side for your tank?
- In the doctor’s office?
- In line at the airport
- ticket counter/baggage drop?
- TSA line?
- waiting to get off the plane?
- luggage carousel?
- waiting to be picked up by a family member, friend, or taxi?
- “On hold” when waiting for health care or prescription drug information?
- Watching TV and waiting for “the game” to start?
- Watching TV and waiting for the last two minutes of “the game” to end?
- Someone to call you back – such as a well- known computer service company?
- For the first snowfall? (as a child)
- For a birthday? (as a child)
- For spring? (adult)
- For your restaurant server to bring your order?
- Your scheduled vacation?
- For the first retirement check or social security check to make your retirement official?
- For a watched pot to boil?
IN 2018, union members and retirees did not WAIT for something happen. The “something,” of course, was the election of so many worker-friendly public officials. We reached out via telephone, post card, newsletters, door knocking and other forms of direct contact. We did not WAIT for Election Day. We reached out to our labor families. Hats off to Carol Freeman, worksite coordinators and to other labor leaders and members for taking an active part in the election. We all worked together.
Entering 2019, we cannot WAIT for a “magic pill” or “legislative miracle” to happen to improve the quality of life in Minnesota or in our nation. We must continue to work for our goals. We must take an active part in shaping our lives and our future by reaching out to the leaders we have just elected and reminding them of our priorities and of who elected them.
We cannot WAIT!