The Cover Up Novel Part Twenty-Four

Drake thought, what have I got myself into now?
Drake was asked to be the shop steward for the mental health department five years ago. He agreed to this volunteer position as he was eager to find out how a union worked, on a practical level. Drake had taken courses in labor economics and in the history of Canadian labor organizations while attending university. Drake had certainly heard about and read about unions in the past.
Drake’s father had been active in his own local union. During the late sixties Drake had joined a group that was organizing protests against the war in Vietnam. This group was an off shoot of The Young Socialist Party. It was during this time that Drake started reading Marxist-Leninist literature. He never really felt comfortable with The Young Socialist Party as he was not an ardent, committed socialist. He was certainly not a communist. Drake placed too high a value on individual freedom to dedicate himself to any movement that could result in a totalitarian government.
But Drake did believe in workers’ rights. He hated poverty whenever and wherever he saw it. During his time as an inner city school teacher saw effects of poverty upon a community, its families and its children.
As The House of Hope was unionized its workers had a right to have a union representative present for any disciplinary matters or meetings with management. Like many other employers The House of Hope had a policy where an employee could be ‘written up’ for any breach of the organizations rules, policies and procedures. An employee could be ‘written up’ by either management, a resident or a co-worker even if the co-worker was not working in the same department.
It wasn’t long before Drake was getting phone calls from his peers asking him to represent them at a disciplinary meeting with administration. At first, Drake went along with a more senior shop steward in order to learn the ropes of how to conduct himself in one of these meetings. His mentor showed Drake how to ‘get tough’ with management when a worker’s rights were being violated.
Drake was a ‘quick study’ and it wasn’t long before he was handling most of the disciplinary hearings on his own. He found that he was well suited to this type of work. Drake was smart, a creative thinker and problem solver and could often present management with a viable alternative to terminating a worker’s employment. It wasn’t long before Drake found that his services were in high demand. When Drake got up in the morning he knew it wouldn’t


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