Why are we downplaying the DAS Bargaining Conference? Yes, it's been 8 months of bargaining. Yes, it was very tough. So again I ask, why are we downplaying this very important next step in finalizing a contract for State agency workers?
There was a lot more hoopla last contract. I wasn't nearly as involved then, but I still remember hearing about the bargaining conference. I remember that I could have gone if I so chose.
Not this time. We're actively downplaying it. The information being provided, if you see it, implies that only the bargaining delegates will be attending the conference. If you check the registration form, it lists officers, delegates, etc. Sure, that's the group of people the Union will foot the bill for, but still no mention that members are welcome! That's OK they seem to say, we'll get to vote in the mail ballot. Actually, we can do both.
They don't even appear to be promoting it among the privileged few that are covered. Not all of the local officers know about their being covered to attend. When someone who did know asked about it, they were told it's coming soon and that everything's set up. When asked about when and where...oops, look at the time!
Maybe they think that we won't question because we have to do this so quickly. That's a very weak excuse. Even if we don't make a point of preparing materials around the Bargaining Conference, we could easily have included full and accurate information in the materials we were already creating and distributing. Not to mention word-of-mouth.
Exactly what are they afraid of? SEIU 503 members are generally a pretty apathetic bunch. [Go ahead. Post a rebuttal. Prove me wrong.] It's not likely that the DAS Bargaining Conference is going to turn that around. That makes me think that maybe there's something they don't want the more active members to hear, scrutinize, and share with others.
For information on the conference, you can get the key details (and the registration form) by reading about the DAS Bargaining Conference.
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