Friday, October 20, 2006

MNEA voting practices

MNEA voting: I really didn't expect the MNEA vote to turn around. The best news out of last evening's meeting may be this:

The ordeal has raised questions about MNEA voting methods which have no procedure in place for record keeping.

Shannon Strahan, MNEA representative from Two Rivers Middle School, introduced a proposal that would record who votes.

“Our faculty didn’t really have a stance one way or another on the diversified pay, but we were concerned that we needed proper procedures in voting,” Strahan said.

Her proposal was referred to MNEA’s nominations and elections committee.
City Paper
I sincerely hope that improvements are made. It's the right of the citizens of Nashville to know that these votes, which impact our children, are as clean, solid and verifiable as possible. I would think union leadership would also want to ensure the integrity of the voting procedure. Further they've got to find a way to let the rest of us know just how many people are actually making the decisions that impact so many lives that have no vote at all.

1 comment:

Eric H. said...

"Our faculty didn’t really have a stance one way or another on the diversified pay, but we were concerned that we needed proper procedures in voting,” Strahan said."

Interesting -- someone out there is paying attention to the proposal and realizing it would only affect a few locations. I would venture to guess most teachers felt the same way. They don't want to transfer to the "trouble" schools for the increase in pay anyway. I.e., probably several union members didn't care - it wasn't in their "back yard". It is telling that the union members don't even know how the vote actually went among themselves. I wonder why?