By A father said to his daughter, “You have graduated with honors. Here is a car I bought many years ago. It is fairly old now. But before I give it to you, take it to the used car lot downtown and tell them I want to sell it and see how much they’ll offer you for it.”
The daughter went to the used car lot, then returned to her father and said, “They offered me $1,000. because it looks pretty worn out.” The father said, “Now take it to the pawn shop.”
The daughter went to the pawn shop, then returned to her father and said, “The pawn shop offered me only $100 because it’s an old car.” The father asked his daughter to go to a car club and show them the car.
The daughter then took the car to the club, returned, and told her father, “Some people in the club offered me $100,000. for the car because it’s a Nissan Skyline R34, it’s an iconic car and sought by many collectors.”
The father turned to his daughter and said, “The right place values you the right way.”
If you are not valued, do not be angry, it means you are in the wrong place. Those who know your value are those who appreciate you. Never stay in a place where no one sees your value.
We as a unit must remember that our self-worth and valued hard work depends on many factors including advancing skills, promptness, respect for others, being available, mentoring, and striving for a respective leadership role that may allow you to help this unit do great things. Look deep within and ask yourself if you yourself meet these basic needs. IBEW Local 11 is the classic car club. Are you that classic car?
Negotiations will be here soon enough, and it will take all of us to show, not just express verbally, that we are worth it. I have undying faith that you are and can be that classic car. Stay safe and be well.