David: Do you think with unit elections coming up in May that every unit should have a ballot box for voting at every school site in the unit to ensure maximum voter turnout?
I favour online or telephone voting, set up and run by a neutral 3rd party company. There are a few that do this for unions all ready.
How does OECTA stack up on voting compared to other feds?
BCTF - pencil and paper at an AGM
ATA - all member electronic vote
STF - pencil and paper at an AGM
MTS - all member electronic vote
OTF - rotation assigned by affiliate (no vote)
OSSTF - pencil and paper vote at AGM
ETFO - pencil and paper vote at AGM
OECTA - electronic vote at AGM
AEFO - pencil and paper vote at AGM
QPAT - pencil and paper vote at AGM
NBTA - pencil and paper vote at AGM
PEITF - pencil and paper vote at AGM
AEFNB - pencil and paper vote at AGM
CSQ - pencil and paper vote at AGM
NSTU - all member electronic vote
NLTA - all member electronic vote
In terms of locals, even within OECTA there are a wide variety of practices which include:
-pencil and paper at unit AGM
-all member electronic vote (TSU)
-all member pencil and paper vote with ballot boxes in schools.
In terms of voting on motions at the AGM, NSTU uses electronic voting on all motions. OECTA uses electronic voting for recorded votes, division, tally votes, and secret ballots. All other votes are done by a show of voting cards. All other federation vote by a show of cards.
My assessment - the most democratic organizations are ATA, NSTU, MTS, and NLTA. OECTA is more democratic than most associations (following the changes that were made at AGM 2013 and AGM 2014) but could go furtherSo then dear readers, what do you think? Should our teacher unions hold all member on line votes for executive elections, our contracts and even referendums of importance to the membership? What would the advantages and disadvantages of each be as you see it?
Other Related Reading: Guest Blog: An OECTA Bill of Member Rights? @ Here!