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December 14, 2005

2005.12.14: Last Night’s DC Vote re: Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

From: L.Antonia Codling
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 5:03 PM
Subject: Last Night’s DC Vote re: Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

Lisa Edwards and I are the Affirmative Action Representatives on the Executive Board of ALAA.

Upon information and belief, based upon the recommendation of the EB (which came out of an EB meeting we were unable to attend) last night’s DC vote will deny the membership the right to have a vote on whether there should be a lottery vs. a point system in regard to the loan repayment assistance program.

Last night’s DC should have been used as an opportunity to give information to the Delegates so that they could present to, discuss with and get input from their members. Allowing the DC to vote on whether there should be a lottery vs. a point system without any input from the membership represents another breakdown in the “democratic” process, and this is not how we should function.

At the EB meeting where LRAP was first discussed, I adamantly argued that the membership should decide which system should be adopted (lottery vs. point system). This was agreed upon by the EB at that meeting. Lisa Edwards and I were unable to attend the second meeting where the EB voted to recommend that the LRAP be disseminated via a lottery because we had to attend a wake. Were it not for the e-mail that Susan Morris sent last week, the members would not have even been aware that this important question was to be addressed.

We strongly believe that the membership of this Union should have been, and still should be given the opportunity to vote on the question of lottery vs. point system (see also, our subsequent e-mail specifically re: “Loan Repayment Assistance Program”). At this time, we urge the membership, for all the reasons stated herein and in prior e-mails in support of a point system, to contact the Union Headquarters and ask that this question be put to a membership vote.

L. Antonia Codling
Affirmative Action Rep.

Lisa Edwards
Alt. Affirmative Action Rep.
Volunteer Division

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