Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 | I’m amazed at how many MEA “fee payers” have no clue they’re paying fees, who they’re paying, and how their money is being used. It’s been said that, if you don’t read the newspaper you’re un-informed, and if you do read the newspaper you’re misinformed.

Misinformation seems to be the guiding principle by which the MEA operates.

It also seems that the latest candidate for MEA president proposed bylaws which the MEA Board of Directors in turn approved in June ’06. (Really, I’m surprised!) One proposal reduced the eligibility requirements for officer positions. Otherwise this candidate would not be eligible to run for an officer position. How cool is it to pass bylaws to lower standards so you can run for office? You gotta admire the gall! These bylaws also include more restrictions on a member’s right to attend board meetings.

Is it true that MEA Articles of Incorporation require membership approval for bylaw changes? Or am I misinformed?

There are 74, yes 74, city employees on the MEA Board of Directors. Not including shop stewards, executive committee members, and miscellaneous positions. If everyone who holds a position in the MEA organization gets one other person to vote for their slate; the so called election is a foregone conclusion.

I wish them luck and pray they are successful, but I believe the Vote for Reform Committee has entered into a competition they cannot win. In an eye gouging fight, in order to win, you must be willing to gouge some eyes. I admire their effort to reform this calamity but I don’t believe they are up to the task. The current MEA administration will stop at nothing to maintain the stranglehold they have on those of us who are forced to be a part of this travesty.

There is never a wrong time to do the right thing. Stand up and speak up. Remember – No Choice, No Voice, and No Vote!

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