To my maintenance brothers and sisters of the southern region I ask for your vote and support for re-election as your NBA. I have proudly served you for the past four and one half years and would be honored to continue representing you. This election is no different than any other election and you are going to hear the usual cry for change. Change is always good if it is a change for the better.
My opponent has sent you mailings claiming that nothing is getting done by your current NBA. Well that would be me. The problem with his claim is that it exposes his lack of awareness of what has been accomplished. He is not aware of the line H grievances that have been settled. He is not aware of the individuals I have assisted in getting their job back. He is not aware of the subcontracting grievances that have been settled or the other countless issues I have dealt with since I have been your NBA. He has no idea of the countless hours I have spent speaking with you, the membership, on the phone and answering your numerous emails. He certainly is not aware of the gratitude that many of you have expressed for assisting you with your questions and concerns.
My opponent would have you believe that a change in his favor would be a change for the better. Well, lets analyze his idea of change. My opponent has not been on the workroom floor for the past two years. He has not filed a single grievance for the Houston, TX local for the past two years. He was certified as an arbitration advocate back in 2016 and not once has he offered or taken the initiative to arbitrate a single case. The current maintenance craft officers of his local support my candidacy, not his. But you do not have to rely on my word. Take the initiative and call the Houston Local and ask to speak to any one of the current maintenance craft officers. I offered the Houston local to have a debate between myself and my opponent. To this day my opponent has failed to respond. I am more than willing to run on my record and hold myself accountable to you, the membership. I find it hard to believe that you, the membership, want to change from an experienced NBA to an inexperienced candidate who has not represented his own local for the past two years and had an opportunity to participate in the process of representation but chose not to.
I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and ask for your vote to continue to serve you as your NBA.
Thank you and God bless our Union
In the spirit of Solidarity,
First Name: Carlos
Last Name: Paz
Union/Local: Dallas TX Area Local
Office held if any: National Business Agent ‘B’ Southern Region