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Local 652 President Ben Frantz
Updated On: Nov 30, 2020

December 2020

Season’s Greetings Brothers and Sisters. Looking back through this Calendar year, there are so many events and actions that provided us opportunities for negativity and division. This pandemic has changed our lives, at least for now, in so many ways. The least of which were the closures of our favorite businesses, wearing masks, and not being able to visit family in person. If this virus has negatively affected you or your family, I pray for peace and healing to you and yours during these trying times. It seemed like daily we were seeing actions taken to counter the devastating effects of Covid-19 on our Nation. If someone would have told me at the beginning of the year all of this would transpire, I would not have believed them in the least. Now here we are at the end of the year looking to 2021 to bring us back safely to a pre-corona normal. Though these actions were taken to protect human life, it made them no less irritating to our daily lives. I am the husband of a medical professional, so I have learned these measures are necessary to help protect myself, my in-laws and others in my community. It doesn’t mean I have to enjoy them, I just choose to do my part and participate in these preventative measures. As we look to 2021, I hope we can look past the craziness and frustration that presented itself this year and look to find hope and peace in the new year. I plan on making a conscious choice to look for a positive in all situations, which at times feels impossible, and avoid the divisive elements in my life that consistently took me to a negative place. Maybe we can see the realization that living in real life with friends and family is a positive to pull from all of the closures this year. I hope that we as a union and nation can look for reasons to come together once this dark season has passed, instead of reasons to be angry and divided. Though this year has brought us adversity, through conscious choice, we can be a mechanism of change for the good in our personal lives, worksites and hometowns. Tearing situations and people down will never bring lasting satisfaction, but when we are built up or acknowledged for the efforts we put forth or we acknowledge the efforts of others, we can start to drive the positive change in our country and our lives that is well overdue after the memorable events of this past year. I choose to be a force for good pulling in a forward direction never dwelling on the negative that will inevitably find us all at some point. It is in that light that I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving filled with fun and family. I also would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season with health and prosperity coming to us all in the new year.

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