BOLO ALERT! Be on the lookout for an envelope in your mail like this:
|The ballot is contained inside a letter that should look like the one depicted above|
and should not be confused with junk mail from AFSCME.
Inside the envelope DDAs will find 3 important items, the ballot, an envelope to contain the ballot, and a return envelope to contain the envelope containing the completed ballot.
The ballot looks like this:
|The ballot should look like the one above. The vote indicated is for guidance only.|
|The completed ballot envelope should look like the example above|
with the voter's printed name and signature.
|The ballot envelope is placed inside the postage-paid return envelope|
and should be promptly mailed.
Voting in ADDA matters has historically seen a bafflingly low number of votes cast. In the original vote that resulted in affiliation with AFSCME, less than 50% of those eligible to vote, actually participated. With the benefit of hindsight, and the irrefutable evidence that three years of AFSCME cost DDAs $1M with nothing in return, hopefully more DDAs will recognize the importance of this vote, and participate.
A substantial number of DDAs have no vote at all. They are likely people who are philosophically opposed to organized labor for professionals. Nevertheless, they are forced to pay union dues. While they do not have a vote in this important matter, they are not without a voice. They can, and should speak to their fellow DDAs, and ask the simple question "Are you a fee-paying ADDA member with a vote in disaffiliation?" and encourage them to vote to disaffiliate from AFSCME.
Non ADDA members may be surprised to learn that many ADDA members are in favor of terminating AFSCME's piss-poor representation of their interests. A partial list of DDAs in favor of getting rid of AFSCME appears in a document supplied with the ballot:
Non ADDA members are encouraged to contact those with a vote and express their support. They can also place a message on the ADDA board - a post it note, saying "Please axe AFSCME."
Unrepresentative, unresponsive, under-performing organized labor groups like AFSCME thrive in an atmosphere where voters are apathetic and arcane rules stifle freedom of speech. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to break the stranglehold that AFSCME has over DDAs. This is not a time to be silent. Have your say.
For up to date information on the disaffiliation vote, please visit the pro-Disaffiliation website: ADDAMembersForDisaffiliation.com.
In the interests of fair and balanced reporting, here is the AFSCME sponsored website: Voices4Reason.com