quote:Originally posted by prother
Wow 30 thousand voters in 2012! down to only 20 thousand in 2013? No wonder that the MEC BOD can push what ever resoluutions that they want through. We are truely a society of lemmings.
quote:Originally posted by Summit Wind
quote:Originally posted by prother
That's a good idea to have a MEC forum on Club Tread. Then the MEC BOD wouldn't have censorship control over it and MEC members could discuss MEC matters freely. I would bet that almost everybody that subscribes to CT is a member of MEC. Is CT ready for 3 million + members? Actually that number might really be more like 30 thousand, the amount of MEC members that bother to vote in it's elections.
It was in the low 30 thousands in the 2012 election.
It was in the very low 20 thousands for the 2013 elections.
Part of the handout materials for the meeting was a flashy "Accountability Report Summary", complete with a large picture of whitewater kayakers and the word "COL-LA-BOR-ATE" in four parts in huge letters. These numbers, mercifully absent the picture, can be seen at http://www.mec.ca/AST/ContentPrimary...34198674180635
Despite decades of trying to make MEC employees engaged, in 2011 employee engagement was down 8% to 64%. So not just the members are disengaging. This is surprising, given the efforts that have gone into this, the apparent attractiveness of working for MEC, the concern members would have that MEC should be a great place to work, and MEC's frequent trumpeting of appearing in "100 Best Employers" sorts of things. Can MEC be functioning well when it appears so many employees aren't too thrilled to be working there?
The target for voter participation for 2013 was 1% of the membership. Actual was .55%.
To elaborate on the "sheep" idea...
Even on CT, few people read these MEC topics, compared to the most trivial of matters (see the hockey topics, for instance). Even fewer participate. I'm quite uneasy about having so much to say here, but it seems there's only a handful who have enough interest in this to comment.
Though MEC always pays lip service to it, MEC's lack of enthusiasm in engaging the members is quite obvious. Mostly, MEC's efforts are confined to legal requirements and marketing. For instance, are board meeting schedules, agendas and minutes posted anywhere? Hello MEC, have you heard of what can be done on a website? This voter participation level is no accident. Unless a reform slate appears, I predict it will be worse next year. Why vote when it appears the choices have already been made?
Deserved or not, MEC enjoys tremendous credibility with the members. So the vast majority of members would cut off their right arm if the board said it would be good for MEC if they did so. I don't expect many members to take a fraction of as much time as is needed to figure out what's going on with this one store they happen to shop at. How long would it take just to figure out the right answer to the Israel sourcing side-issue at MEC?
Lately Canadians seem very willing to surrender their rights to surrogate parents like Harper. I'm not sure why.
The board is using code words such as "governance" to charm the members into giving up control of MEC. "Governance" is to "disenfranchise" as conservatives use "jobs" and "the economy" as code words for "beggar the commons for private profit".
Stripping MEC members of control of MEC is like taking candy from a baby. Both parties bear responsibility for this debacle, but the onus has to be on the organization to behave itself. Publishing one-sided and incomplete commentary on fundamental rule changes is not proper behavior. It's shameful.