This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
Your Union, Your Responsibility: by Sheleta Collie August 2012
There has been much negative discussion about the ineffectiveness of the Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU) and the lack luster performance of the current executive team. As leaders, they should shoulder the responsibility for the state of the union, but the membership is also culpable. Union is about participation as well as representation. The leaders represent and the members participate, in equal parts for an overall positive result. The problem is, too many of us absent ourselves from the process, we don’t attend meetings, voice our concerns, share ideas, vote during elections or are in any way involved in the process except when its time to benefit or complain. Nevertheless, membership complacency does not absolve leaders of their responsibility to render good and faithful service. The members pay their dues and they have a right to representation and to trust the executive to govern in a fit and proper manner. The membership of the BPSU has to become more involved, but many are unsure of what to do, so I encourage you to consult the BPSU’s Constitution, if you do not have a copy, request one. Learn about the portfolios of the elected officers and the rules that govern how the union functions. I also encourage you to attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) where the executive team has to present reports, inclusive of a financial report about the running of the union. There you have an opportunity to ask questions about the state of the union. The date has yet to be announced, but constitutionally, it must be held by September 30, and the date and place has to be advertised in the media. If you are truly concerned or just upset about the current state of affairs, get involved. Remember, your union, your responsibility.