About ?a?month ago I went to one of the Consultation Workshops, all in all it was run similarly to the Focus Group Workshops we had appr a year ago except for the rush seating opposed to the assigned seating of the previous workshops or meetings. I found out that the change in seating methodology was simply because of a lack of interest on the part of the drivers, very few were responding to the requests to attend, and so they had to resort to whatever means necessary to fill the seats, going so far as to just post bulletins asking for drivers to attend…? Seems odd? that nobody seems to care now,?? yet two years ago we were up in arms ready to strike about this issue, whats changed?
Anyways, on to the meeting, each group was asked to guess or assume why the vote went the way it did. answers were based? on personal experience of course as well as things that we had heard from other drivers, the reasons were posted on our wall, these reasons were then grouped together by similarity and posted on the “Bulletin Board” .? Then we had a short break and were instructed to do silent brain storming and come up with what we felt were the most possible reasons? “C” was voted down,? the reasons were again posted on our wall and then each person in each group would look at the reasons given by their group and vote 2 or 3 times, in our case we were given 2 votes.
We voted by placing a check mark beside the reason we felt best described the reason proposal C failed. Now this is a manner of whittling down information that I don’t like, because depending on the makeup of the group the choice can be extremely one way or the other, especially with scramble seating, if the table had all junior operators or all senior, the votes were obviously slanted in one direction or another. If more junior operators held the majority at the table then? the choices showed the junior drivers opinions of the vote and of Proposal C, so anybody who heard me read out our answer of “Proposal “C” failed because it favored senior operators over junior operators”? were probably surprised to hear me say that, but I was just reading the reason that got the most votes, none of my reasons was picked.:(
Some?Union?and Management representatives turned out,?at it, some tables had more than one management or Union representative at the table, which may or may not have made much difference, but it seemed kind of odd considering efforts to have balance and variety? at all the previous Focus Groups and the Consultation Workshops, it didn’t pan out perfectly at each, but more effort was certainly made, and I think it showed in the results generated.
At least all the reasons and answers given were kept at the end, to be looked at later we were told. And hopefully they do that, because otherwise many reasons and possible solutions would be missed.
Now if I got any of that wrong, feel free to correct me, or share what your workshop was like as I was at the Wednesday afternoon workshop, and maybe we can get an idea if anything was generated out of this.
Sorry that this was posted a bit late because of some bad things going on in my?working life right now, some difficulty with our EBP/EBB and the?apparent hilarity of the WCB’s mantra “Work shouldn’t hurt” campaign, don’t believe everything you read or hear. More to follow.