Evidently, the local chapter of the CSEA is holding an election next week to choose officers, and it appears to have perturbed some members.
Earlier today, an Irvine Valley College employee told me that the campus custodial/maintenance workers (there are about 13 of 'em) object to a circumstance according to which the
Meanwhile (according to my source), a similar request for accommodation produced positive results at Saddleback College.
So what gives?
My source speculates that this circumstance, or at least the unwillingness to accommodate the disenfranchised members, is an effort to protect existing leadership, for the C/M crew are a voting block that is unhappy with the status quo, leadershipwise (at IVC).
A petition has circulated in favor of the accommodation, but, thus far, the effort has only yielded the charge that the disenfranchised members are “whiners.”
Or so says my source.
Just after 6:00 p.m., someone who identifies herself as Delores Brooks Irwin (see blogs) wrote in to say:
This is total B.S.
For years – certainly before I came to SOCCCD, the chapter constitution required that voting for officer elections take place at the regularly scheduled December meeting. The meetings would alternate between campuses. So, until this year, classified staff had to attend the December chapter meeting – whether or not it was held at their home campus – in order to vote. This year, the executive board revised the constitution, with the major change being that voting would occur on both campuses, and the hours of voting would be extended, in order to make it available to more members. We heavily advertised this coming change, and gave opportunities at both campuses to provide input. NOBODY DID. So the revised constitution was sent up to regional and state CSEA and approved just in time for this year's election.
Then a little group of members at IVC decided they didn't like the current regime and began attacking the E Board with all kinds of bogus charges, including the controversy about the voting times. Voting used to be at one campus, with a two-hour window. Now voting is available at both campuses, and polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Last year we couldn't even get anyone to run against the incumbents, and that has been the situation many years. What changed this year? I have no idea. The cost/benefit ratio for being on this board is heavy on the cost. That's why there usually are no opponents.
Anyway, a shit-storm has ensued at IVC, with no basis, as far as I'm concerned. And they have even brought it to this forum. You'd think this was Brown-Whitman all over again.
A few minutes later, the same person (evidently) wrote in to say...
And I have to add one more thing. Saddleback campus was given an extra accommodation not offered to IVC? Are you kidding? (I explained this on my own blog, by the way.) The current makeup of the board: 2 district, 1 Saddleback, 4 IVC. Do you really think Saddleback is ever going to be favored over IVC on an issue? [END]
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