As the assembly opened this morning, George Jalava went to the microphone and said "Brother Chair, I rise to a question of priviledge affecting the assembly."
Bill Duck as the chair recognized the member at the microphone. It was not without some serious shucking and jiving by the Chair and Haggarty but the following motion was read (several times actually):
"Brother Chair, I move that this assembly adjourn and that the Executive Board unanimously approve a Constitution which will in turn go to the entire membership for approval by a referendum vote prior to reconvening in April of 2007."
Other members attempted to make comments but Brother Duck admonished them that they were not recognized and asked for silence as the Chair and CEP usurpers attempted to evade the inevitable. A standing vote was called and by a majority vote of 53 to 45 it was decided to adjourn the assembly until a constitution was taken to the membership for a referendum vote.
This was truly democracy in action at its finest. The membership through the elected delegates took back our union to a rallying chant of "vote vote vote" reminiscent of when the lights went off on McCarron and a clear message was sent to King Coles that his undemocratic dictates were not going to fly with the Carpenters.
Haggarty was heard to call for the mics to be cut off and he made a cutting motion across his throat as he attempted to wrest control back to the CMAW/CEP pretenders to no avail. How like McCarron he appeared; he was unsuccessful as well in his blatant attempt to thwart democracy.
After the assembly left the meeting room, this question was asked: What is your reaction to observing union democracy at its finest?
"It's the first time I've felt we've had a union in 10 years." Steve Borho, delegate
"We will take our direction from the membership. They are the basis of union democracy." Paul Wilkinson, delegate
"Fu*k off, Doc" by Jan Noster, organizer
"Yahoo." Tony Heisterkamp, delegate