By Allyson Every

On March 1st, I will be leaving the Guild after almost six and half years as Executive Director. It has been such a pleasure and honor to serve and work with the Guild, its staff, members, students and this region’s amazing and vibrant labor-management community. For the past 6-7 weeks, I’ve been focused on wrapping things up to insure a smooth transition.

I cherish the many relationships I have built, and all the great people I have met. So many of you contributed to making my tenure interesting, productive and so helpful in moving the Guild’s projects and success forward.

I first came to the Guild as a young shop steward, later President, of the BGEA, the Boston Globe’s editorial and business union, and was greeted with such warmth and encouragement by incredible people. Having served as a Board and faculty member, president and Guild student, it was amazing to step into the Executive Director role once held by Fathers GavinBoyle and Sullivan and Sister Mary Priniski. Replicating their strong personal encouragement of our students and upholding their best values has been a priority of mine and of our wonderful staff.

To our students, alums and faculty: You are our inspiration. The experience watching you grow right in front of us is thrilling. Then seeing what YOU DO with it… IT NEVER GETS OLD. Heartfelt thanks to our dedicated and talented faculty who generously share their knowledge, experience and time.

To our friends and allies: To all the labor and business leaders who share their wisdom and guidance; to all our great unions and union employers who support the Guild and collective bargaining; and to all our community, interfaith and social justice allies – THANK YOU!

Finally, I am so grateful to Cardinal Sean O’Malley and our Chaplain Fr. Bryan Hehir for their strong support of the Guild and its economic justice mission, and their personal kindness and generosity.

This incoming Guild team inherits a vibrant organization that’s got it’s mojo back. Please continue to actively support the Labor Guild’s great mission because important work remains to be done. I will watch with tremendous interest and enthusiasm as the Guild continues to grow and change.

I’ll always be a dedicated Guilder and can be reached at you for all you taught me, for so many laughs, meaningful moments and truly wonderful times. In solidarity.

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