Today, during two marathon length meetings (Board of Directors and General Assembly), the APUO made history by presenting its bargaining positions to its membership. There was standing room only in Desmarais 12102 for at least part of the General Assembly. I’m inspired that so many APUO members were interested in participating in this act of deliberative democracy. At least 60% of librarian members took part in the discussions which covered our broad bargaining themes as well as positions related to items identified by members as issues in the workplace.
Today is an inspired day. There is no better union than one that works together to make decisions. Not all discussions were easy and few votes issues were unanimously supported. But that’s great – members had the opportunity to hear what we’ve spent 3,000 hours working on. Yes, 3,000 hours of collective work has gone into developing these positions. They heard, they voted, we’re ready to bargain for you.