DW: When you
say quite quickly, do you mean within the next year or so?
we can get past CSEA's legal maneuverings, incorporation could occur within
the next 6 months.
say we incorporate sometime in the months ahead, what immediate effect
would we realize?
thing that is being obstructed right now is our effort to organize support
for our bargaining teams going into our contract campaign. That has been
continually disrupted and interfered with by the CSEA president and the
general manager, to the point where they wrote to the state of California
in an attempt to block union leave for our activists who are trying to
organize state workers in order to win the best contract.
The board of directors along with the president recently outlawed the
purple t-shirts, which are a visible indication of work-site support for
our bargaining teams. This sort of harassment will end after incorporation.
Getting members off to help organize our co-workers will be very difficult
about the quality of representation?
Higher quality representation from the union will take a little time.
Incorporation does not automatically give us the right to hire and fire
staff. The only thing incorporation does, and it is a powerful thing,
is allow our division or affiliate to negotiate a service agreement with
CSEA to provide us with the services that we want, rather than wasting
our dues on things we don't want.
So that does give us leverage in terms of the quality of representation
our members will receive.
there anything else you can think of to help clarify incorporation for
our members? Anything else you want to say.
JH: I think
we can all understand this because we have households, we have earnings
and we have bills.
When you are not incorporated all of your dues money goes to CSEA's bank
account, and then CSEA takes out what they say you owe them, and they
say they deposit the rest in an account for you.
However when we have asked them to write checks from our account for various
union purposes, CSEA has refused.
When incorporated, the dues money goes directly into our own bank account
and CSEA will bill us for services they say we owe them and we will pay
them. If we have a dispute we would take that up with CSEA as we would
with any service provider.
The process for working out disputes would be going to arbitration with
the American arbitration association.
That is a much more powerful situation for a group of working persons,
to have their earnings coming directly to them rather than a higher power.