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DW: You are right, there was a time when some people didn't think it would be safe to be identified as a CDU member. I can remember going to the backroom of a restaurant in North Sacramento to photograph a CDU meeting and I sensed some of the participants were concerned that the photograph would be seen by our adversaries.
However, now we occupy the leadership positions within civil service division.
Lets talk some more about the design of our website
EP: Most of
it came from Ron's original site. For example, 'take action' stemmed from
an action option on the original site, and my idea was to give information
about certain issues like union leave interference, meetings of the board,
incorporation, and the next step for people, 'what can I do?'
DW: That is great. Participation is very important, and it is not something generally encouraged anywhere. So often people learn of issues and want to do something, but don't know what they could do to help the cause.
thing I would like to have is a kind of a library, and I was working on
that last night. A lot of CDU members are not familiar with the workings
of CSEA, so what I would like to have is an online version of the policy
file, the bylaws, and a chart of the structure of CSEA. So people can
learn, for example, about the board of directors and why they hold so
much power over our resources.
DW: We have needed a history of the reform movement for years. Something we could not only have available on line, but also something tangible to distribute to our coworkers, to new employees.
EP: One of
the reasons I am starting with a draft is I have learned it is much easier
to get someone to do something if they have something to start with. Instead
of asking someone for an article, give them a rough draft and ask for
their comments. Before you know it they are writing their own thing.
DW: Yeah, I think there is some interesting history attached to that election.
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