I’ve been thinking about making a motion to change the current by-laws to stop keeping members in good standing from running just because they don’t have 12 meetings attended during the previous 24 months.
I believe that any dues paying member in good standing should be able to run for any position, we have shifts that can and do interfere with the ability of members being able to attend meetings, either due to working the entire time our meetings are run, they can miss the meeting due to time constraints due to the start or finish time of their shift and also due to family obligations, like daycare, etc.
Would you folks be prepared to vote to change the current practice to something fairer?
I am also looking at changing the current practice of not allowing campaigning by anyone trying to run for a position of our Union, and the current practice not only stops nominees from taking a stand on issues to show other members where they stand on something, because as I have been told by our Union Executive, that would be against the rules.
We are expected to make our decision based solely on the biographies posted showing what the nominee has accomplished, something a new person wouldn’t have much to show as they haven’t had the courses and opportunities that current elected and even appointed persons would have, which is a considerable edge if no campaigning is allowed.
I used the question of whether a nominee could answer a simple question like would they support the WCC in the future after the election, and I was shocked to find that they could NOT answer that question because they said that was campaigning.
NOTE: I was contacted by Keith S of our Union Executive and told that voicing an opinion about something like WCC activity would be allowed as “electionering”, it would cover a person making a personal statement about their belief or stance on a particular subject, I was mis-informed about what was not allowed, but campainging is and always has not been allowed.?
How else are we to find out what the person is like and what they stand for or if they want what we want if they can’t tell us?
Take part in a Poll on the forums side please.