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DUES INCREASE

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Postby wimpole1 » Thu May 20, 2010 5:27 pm

Speaking of dues increases...How much are we spending to cover pres. george doubts legal costs? Does $800,000 sound about right? (for any of the misc legal costs?) Why doesn't the secretary treas. come clean with it and tell us?
It's about time. The Federal mps are being asked the same thing...They don't want us to know what they have been spending their personal expense accounts on and they sure are fighting to keep it secret.
Sound Familiar? Our executive must be worried that the membership is getting closer and closer to wanting to know where their dues money is going.
What does it take to have to police investigate our books does anyone know?



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Postby sammy » Fri May 28, 2010 12:00 pm

I think all the voting has been completed, has anyone heard whether the dues increase passed or was defeated?


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Postby wimpole1 » Sun May 30, 2010 8:51 am

there is still voting on Sunday and Monday.



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Postby wimpole1 » Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:54 pm

So....does anyone, anywhere know if the dues increase passed? Not a peep has been told to us. Is it a secret?



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Postby Mimi Williams » Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:35 pm

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Posted 2010-Jun-8

We recently sent you a bulletin the week of April 15th about a proposed membership dues increase and voting dates.

The original date scheduled to tally the votes was set for June 4th but it has since been changed to June 17th. This was necessary since members from one local did not receive the meeting notice and had to reschedule their voting meeting to June 15th. In order for the 0.4 per cent increase to pass, 66 2/3 of the membership votes cast must be in favour. Please note that the final results will be announced to members shortly after.

For more information, please contact your Local Shop Steward.



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Postby wimpole1 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:14 pm

Must have missed that one- thanks
Brings back memories of when this "missed a local or they couldn't get to the meeting" from days past.
Is the vote that close? Gotta make up some excuse..



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Postby Stewie » Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:43 am

Hotline recorded yesterday (friday June 18th) states that the dues increase did NOT pass.



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Postby green1 » Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:48 am

That's about the first good news I've heard out of this union in... well... 10 years...



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Postby NC » Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:48 am

Can someone pass that link, on please.


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Postby wimpole1 » Sun Jun 20, 2010 5:41 pm

The grapevine says that the union is going to lay off office staff! Really! Why don't they call back the alternate business agents to the workforce? Why not curtail the travel for all the executive? Why not quit partying like rock stars at our expense? Why not Cut their own wages and save an office workers job??? Not a chance.....They still have the right to levy a one days pay on us and if that happens the s**t will really hit the fan!
Why don't they grow up and start acting like union reps that represent the workers instead of company hacks!!



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Postby wimpole1 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:36 am

This vote was worse than just apathy. It is humiliating!
Does our executive get it yet???

Posted 2010-Jun-18
Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) members recently voted on a proposed membership dues increase of 0.4 per cent.

The ballots were tallied yesterday and the results are as follows:

Ballots cast: 738
Spoiled ballots: 1
Eligible ballots: 737

Yes: 409
No: 328

Yes = 55.56%

The dues increase did not pass since a ‘yes’ vote of at least 66 2/3 per cent was needed.

Please note that Executive Council has met over the matter and, as a result, is implementing cost saving measures



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Postby green1 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:53 am

This vote was worse than just apathy. It is humiliating!
Does our executive get it yet???
You seem to be assuming that the executive WANTS participation, the fact that a motion this unpopular with the membership managed to get over 50% approval shows you the huge benefit they get by keeping "the masses" away from union votes and meetings. If only the most faithful union supporters go to meetings the executive can basically pass whatever they want. This encourages them to try to keep it that way.

After all, it's not like the rest of us can stop paying them!

The only time it comes back to haunt them is when they go on strike and nobody bothers to follow them, but they don't think that far ahead, and, having surrounded themselves with their group of "yes men" are unlikely to realize when they take a particularly unpopular stand.

Of course the other question is, do our rules not require a quorum of some form? (ie, if they had had only 4 people vote, could 3 of those have pushed this through, despite the obvious lack of participation?)



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Postby wimpole1 » Fri Jun 25, 2010 7:49 pm

Some locals have no minimum quorum #'s. If 3 members show up then their votes are counted. Some locals didn't meet their quorum #'s so could not have a vote. However, if the exec could have drummed up a few more members to vote "yes" we would have had a dues increase. Obviously the members that knew how the process works, tried and won the day against the persistent troubles that exists in the twu. It was very close in that sense.
It is 66 and 2/3 % of all votes counted!! Kind of scary that this could have been pulled off with such a low turnout. Members need to organize (if just for the Autumn meetings to put forward people that are on the side of working members). It is a hard row to hoe but people may now get involved. (now that they see how the, seemingly. most trivial moves on the part of the exec. can have a profound effect on their pocket books and, therefore , their lives)!!



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Postby NC » Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:49 pm

Sorry, working again... 738 of 14,000. Half of a percentage (.052%).

Democracy at work. Phrick... who's rowing the boat?


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Postby wimpole1 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:49 pm

Sound like only the exec voted for it!! Even the members that banded together to oust the last exec. couldn't get out and vote!! They traded short term vengeance for long term apathy. Yay .....look who you've got now!!! Must be proud. Actually they don't even look here. They don't want to see what the out come was and what they are responsible for. Kinda makes you feel like you are back in grade 5 following a leader who was just a show off!!
The only person who seems to be happy with everything that is going on within the twu is Entwhistle!!




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