Lisa Marzano, Queens School of Graduate Studies

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I recently attended a one-day conference for administrative staff Queen’s. The workshop, offered by Human Resources, was entitled, “Change, Challenge and Opportunity”.

At the end of the day, each person in attendance was given a small laminated card that outlined some specific behaviors that can be adopted into our day-to-day lives to help us deal effectively with change including:
- Be receptive to change
- Contribute your ideas to make the change successful
- Share your concerns and be open to listening to others
- Volunteer to take an active part using your talents
- Maintain your professionalism throughout the change.

The overall message of the day had a profound effect on me, and I keep the little card on my desk, in plain sight, as a reminder to remain open to “change”; as it is the only thing that remains consistent.

We at Queen’s live in a world of shifting priorities and fiscal constraints. Without legal bargaining rights, and no collective agreement, Queen’s staff are left in a very vulnerable position. We are now “challenged” with the task of finding a way to ensure that we not only keep the rights, compensation, and benefits we currently enjoy, but to also make strides to consistently improve upon those issues.

Thanks to the excellent work of the “Working Group on Unionization” we now have a wonderful “opportunity” to partner with the USW and form a union for Queen’s University staff. The USW has the resources and expertise to assist us in attaining our goals. I have confidence in their track record in the university support staff sector and I am impressed with their professionalism.

Please make your opinions known when it comes to “Change, Challenge and Opportunity”: sign a union card, join the campaign, and vote ‘YES’ to a real voice in the decisions that affect us!