Board Candidates Should Pay Attention When Voting
This Just In: Leader of the No Waffle Party Publically Waffles! A Nation Mourns.
A Presidential candidate for a Teachers’ Union should stand behind their decisions. They should be aware of the discussions and decisions being voted on in their board meetings. They should know all of the details before casting their vote. And they never, ever, should waffle in public.
And yet, that’s just what happened at the February 19th Rep. Council meeting. Shane Parmely, the leader of the notorious Breakfast Club and current candidate for SDEA President, approached the microphone and loudly announced her intention to waffle…on an issue that she originally supported.
At the previous week’s SDEA board meeting, a discussion was held regarding the upcoming SDEA elections. The Board was discussing the chosen company, and the cost of postcard mailers announcing the election to our members. The members felt that the cost of the mailers was prohibitive, and the Board voted against including them in the contract. Ms. Parmely, according to her own words, voted in favor of that proposal. She threw her support against including the mailers. Ultimately, the motion passed.
Just one week later, at our Rep Council meeting, Ms. Parmely took to the microphone, and indicated that she was now IN FAVOR of including the mailers. Why? Well…apparently she wasn’t feeling well that night, or wasn’t paying close enough attention to the discussion, or was confused on the issue she was voting on. At least, those were the reasons she gave while changing her mind.
That’s right: The leader of the Breakfast Club…the subversive group whose motto proudly proclaims No Waffling…waffled. On an SDEA Board vote, no less.
Now, as an SDEA member in good standing, and one with intimate knowledge of board actions, I can say this with all truth and honesty: Not once did I see Mr. Freeman, Ms. Burningham, Mr. Mullin, or any other Board member vote on a proposal without first getting ALL of the information or discussing it thoroughly with their fullest attention. If a Board member didn’t understand the topic, or needed more information, they ASKED for clarification before voting. Conversely, in my years of experience, if a board member was unclear as to the topic at hand, they ABSTAINED from voting.
They certainly didn’t vote one way, then publically change their minds one week later.
Is this the type of President we want on our Union Board? Someone who votes on issues without their full attention being given to the topic? What would happen if – God(ess) forbid – that vote had been about a contract issue, such as our salary increase or our health care? What if they had been voting on YOUR grievance? Wouldn’t you want a President who knows and understands what is being voted on?
I know I would.
And that’s just ONE reason we cannot allow The Breakfast Club to take over our union. They will take us back to the dark ages, where we sat on the doorsteps of the Pink Palace, dressed in tatters in rags, with our empty gruel bowls held out in the hopes that someone, anyone, would hear our cries of, “Please, Sir…could I have some more?”
If you’ve been listening to their half-truths and lies as long as I have, you’ll know of what I speak. If you’re new to their propaganda and are being swayed to the Dark Side, I ask that you to speak to a veteran of the Rep Council so that you get the full story.
Come April, I urge you to vote for the Strength and Unity slate of candidates. They have ushered us into an era of prosperity and respect for teachers. And that is exactly what we need at the helm of our union.
I’m Dennis Schamp and I approve this message. These are the musings of me, myself, and I. I do not represent any other individual, group, or breakfast pastry. But I have developed a strange craving for a Nutella-covered-bagel. Go figure