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Jan 21, 2015

Audrey Matura-Shepherd Defends Her First Year as CWU President

Audrey Matura-Shepherd

Today, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, flanked by the executive of the Christian Workers Union, called a press conference to give a status report after one year as President. Matura-Shepherd has come under scathing criticism lately from U.D.P. functionaries who claim that she has neglected the CWU to go meddle in sugar. The firebrand attorney and CWU president is known to give as good, or as bad, as she gets – so today she answered those critics by outlining what she says has been a stellar performance for the new CWU.

 

Audrey Matura-Shepherd, President, Christian Workers Union      

“What we inherited was an office with very limited records of its members and work; with no workable equipment and with its accounts empty and so in debt. We could not believe what was happened. We had a loan with Heritage Bank for which the past executive had no records as to how it was approved, what the purpose of it was. It so happens that we have good news on our financials, which Mister Neal will be able to tell you about. But membership today, we can boast that we have moved from only six hundred and fifty-seven members…we now have an increase of eight hundred and fifty-seven members which represents thirty-one percent increase in one year. And of great importance, we were able to reach an accord with the N.T.U.C.B. which had booted us out. And I don’t blame them because we were delinquent and not keeping our responsibility as we should as a union. But now we are fully engaged as a member…engaged to the point that we actually now have one of our own members in the person of Mister Floyd Neal, who through the N.T.U.C.B. now sits on the Social Security Board. That is a major step for us, for a union that was totally dormant, to have representation at that level. We have a payment scheme now in place with the N.T.U.C.B. to pay off our outstanding dues. Yes we still owe them but we remain current for the year 2014 and in 2015 we will be able to write off one cheque and pay them spot cash. That’s how good we’ve become.”

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