2014 election results, retired delegate to the 2015 IEA Representative Assembly:
2015 election results, retired delegate to the 2016 IEA Representative Assembly:
Yes, the names are the same. But check out the turnout.
IEA Retired claims to have over 12,000 members. This year’s election results are down 60% from last year.
Last year 40 retirees ran for 20 delegate slots.
This year 25 retirees ran for 21 delegate slots.
Some members reported to me that they never received notice of deadlines for nomination forms to be submitted.
Former IEA President Bob Haisman received the most votes. He received 6% of eligible voters.
And that is after Haisman sent out notices in which he personally offered to “help anyone vote.”
That brought back memories of my old Democratic precinct captain. He used to pay five bucks for local guys who were just hangin’ out to vote.
Even Haisman’s offer didn’t work.
Low turnout did what it supposed to do. Keep the insiders inside and the connected connected.
I supported Bob Kaplan, Mae Smith and Pearl Mack. I’m happy they were elected.
When I tried to vote I had to make numerous phone calls and send numerous emails until a month into the voting. I finally received instructions on how to cast an online vote. One more week and I would have missed the deadline. A week before the deadline I also received a paper ballot.
The entire process was a mess.
At the time I doubted whether many retired members would pursue it as persistently. I doubt most knew even how to pursue it.
I turned out to be prescient. Even I didn’t predict that only 700 out of 12,000 would figure out how to cast a ballot.
Early on I was told the online election was a “work in progress.”
How can an election that is supposed to follow labor election law, and with results that are final, be a “work in progress?”
You know, of course, that the president of the IEA can be elected with fewer votes than voted for the top vote getter in this delegate election?
Whether by intention or incompetence this election was bogus.
The reason you see the same names on the ballot year after year is exactly this. Members have less and less confidence in how things work in the IEA.