by Matt Hilton, Local 328 Vice President
March 5th, AFSCME local 328 members voted overwhelmingly to approve
proposed changes to the local’s constitution. Members also strongly voted in
favor of a new article to the constitution which will govern how local policies
are created, reviewed, and implemented.
President Mike Bandy said “I'm happy to report that the
voting went well yesterday and the Constitutional updates and the one amendment
passed with the membership.
“We had a higher than expected member turnout during the three
General membership times on Wednesday. This has been an almost three year
process, and want to thank everyone for their hard work in making this happen.
“The next step is for Council 75 Director Ken Allen to send
the new constitution to the International for approval”
detailed description of what the new changes will mean check here.
“Given that a lot of the new changes in the
constitution refer to local policy, I thought it was important that we had
something in place regarding our local policies that made them as transparent
and democratic as possible” said local 328 secretary Jaimie Sorenson, author of
the policy amendment.
having a chance to vote on the amendments, members also had a chance to
interact with their AFSCME staff representatives and various leaders from the
local 328 executive board and steward program. Many members also left sporting
AFSCME t-shirts, hats, and tote bags.
desire to take part in the democratic process, members also showed up with a
healthy appetite for the snacks and other food items that were offered. “I was
pretty surprised how fast the pizza went at lunch time”, Staff Representative Diane Lovell stated. “We ordered a dozen pizzas and
ran out half way thru and had to order a bunch more”.
to the constitutional vote, several members were also nominated to serve as
delegates to the 2008 AFSCME international convention coming up this July.
Other individuals expressed an interest in becoming shop stewards, serving on
the new policy committee, taking part in the PEOPLE in action (PAC) committee,
or running for the bargaining team- which will be elected later on this fall to
help AFSCME bargain a new contract with OHSU starting in 2009.
“All in all,
I was very impressed with members who turned out and made their voices heard.
I’d like thank everyone who voted, and I’m quite pleased with how things went”,
said Local 328 Vice President Matt Hilton.