Much emphasis has been placed on the amount of assistance AFSCME has already provided the ADDA Board Majority in maintaining what some might consider to be an aggressive, indeed antagonistic, stance against the County, the administration, as well as those who do not agree with the way the ADDA represents the rank and file.
In what appears to be a concession to the ADDA Board Minority, Seligman produced a "pros and cons" flyer, shedding some light on the consequences of affiliation. Comments posted on the Dragnet, presumably from those in receipt of information supplied by Seligman revealed some interesting conclusions.
One comment suggests that AFSCME keen to assist the ADDA Board Majority because the three-year affiliation deal is worth almost a million dollars
|Affiliation could be worth as much as a million dollars to AFSCME|
over the three-year unbreakable deal.
- the revelation that AFSCME will receive $35 (not $33 as a commenter stated) from each member's monthly dues,
- the affiliation deal will last a minimum of three years before it can be terminated, and,
- Seligman considers affiliation to be "critical" to getting an agency shop passed, whereby all DDAs will have to pay monthly dues.
Comments also argue that Seligman believes affiliation with AFSCME is "critical" to the agency shop, because AFSCME will supply considerable support, promotional materials and other inducements to persuade a simple majority of DDAs to vote for the compulsory dues.
Other observations on the information supplied by Seligman raises concerns that affiliation will mean that DDAs will be forced to adopt "solidarity" positions with AFSCME in situations which contradict the interests of DDAs.
There is also concern that while Seligman states that affiliation will not change the current cost of ADDA membership, it is unclear whether the ADDA Board Majority will vote to increase dues after affiliation. They seem to be able to vote on anything they choose.
Seligman describes affiliation as a "trial marriage," a three year unbreakable relationship before any vote could be taken to "divorce" the relationship. Some might wonder why there is no "prenuptial" agreement to allow for an earlier termination should the trial marriage fall afoul to DDAs being forced to participate in industrial action, crossing picket lines to go to court as the oath of office demands.
A "con" statement in the "It's Decision Time" flyer makes the point that nothing in the affiliation agreement addresses the way that the ADDA Board Majority communicates with members. Indeed, the ADDA official website, which was recently on "account suspended" status, has been reinstated, however the content is so outdated that it still lists Steven Ipsen as "President" in "About Us," and states that Doug Sherrod is the Treasurer, even though he is understood to have resigned.
Some might say that the ADDA Board Majority are uncommunicative where it suits their purpose, and have hidden behind excuses such as not having the technical knowledge to communicate and being denied access to Lotus Notes. However, it appears that the ADDA Board Majority can communicate when it needs to, as witnessed by the current daily communications from Seligman.