Saturday, April 18, 2015

Our Vision for Change 2

The second of four principles and goals of our team is Communication and Collaboration.  Let's take a look at this.
                                                        Communication and Collaboration
The words in italics are from AFT- CT: Our Vision for Change

If we believe in the movement, in the ideas that unions are working to better the lives of it's members and their communities, then that union must represent the voice of the membership. 
That is why it is a priority for our leadership team to commit itself to the goal of visiting with each and every Local of AFT Connecticut, no matter how big or small, throughout the year. Only by reaching out and encouraging conversations will we grow in strength.  
I know from my days organizing our union at Backus, the best conversation is a face to face conversation. 
When that is not possible, a telephone, email or text may have to suffice, but the use of email for voting on important issues must be kept to a minimum.  
The "E" in E-vote, should stand for "emergency," not "electronic."

At the same time we must encourage a free exchange of ideas. No one person has all the answers. 
A climate that is accepting to discussion and debate is essential. 
One of the things that I love about Jan is that she encourages us to disagree with her. That attitude will be extended to Local leaders and members.  

One reason to encourage the free expression of ideas is because we have some incredibly intelligent and creative people on our staff and as our members.  
We need to tap into the talent. The goal is to create a team driven to improve the lives of members.
That team includes leaders, members and staff working together.
My philosophy has always been this.
I can't be an expert on everything, but I can surround myself with talented people, encourage their input, and support them in their efforts and together we can do amazing things.
It's not rocket science. 
It's common sense and respect.
It's the second principle and goal of our team.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

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