Living for Lunch Break
These replies were clearly and simply To one person who didn’t like the way certain people were doing things. Simply saying there’s a problem, and never having a solution is not an opinion that matters, it’s someone who just wants to tear down. In the past organizations such as TDU have been fine examples of rock throws. Very good at pointing out problems never good at having solutions only dividing. Hopefully moving forward that has changed. Certainly “we are the union”, but just like any organization someone is going to be steering the ship. If you feel the captain of the ship is not steering it appropriately support someone who will, or do it yourself. Most won’t because they only want to throw rocks and have no intention of helping build things up, only tear things down. There’s really no organization like your local union that you could have influence on at a grassroots level. It’s actually more difficult for your elected local officials to connect with people. Most of them don’t work side-by-side with you anymore daily. If they’re doing a poor job it should not be too hard to form or support a grassroots group to take over. Or perhaps they’re doing a good job, and most know it?
Everyone on my local's eboard is also a working member. It's like expecting people to do more than 2 full time jobs. It takes people with very particular temperment and capabilities to do the job right. I may not be the right person for that particular job, but that doesn't mean I have no right to point out that the person who is doing it isn't capable either. I say that generally, not that I have a problem with my local. We all pay our dues, that entitles each of us to an opinion, even if it isn't necessarily helpful. It is better to address the concerns of the people who do the "rock throwing" than to simply attack their character and ignore the underlying issues.