Transparency & Accountability
Members need to see things so they can act upon them

Currently ATU757 Officers are not that transparent or accountable to our membership. Documents such as financial statements are kept from us so that we cannot compare and identify inaccurate information. Members are not given a way to monitor Union Officer’s “mark offs” or attendance. Communications are not documented or followed up upon. There are many things that are taking place that makes it difficult to almost impossible to see what our Union Officers are doing therefor making it so members are not able to hold Union Officers accountable for their actions or lack of actions.

For our Union to be successful our membership needs the opportunity to participate in union business. Our membership needs the ability to have access to Union business along with being able to send and receive information. Our Union should be able to rely on information collected from our members instead of employers.

With my knowledge of computer technology I am able to help present to our membership tools that with membership approval can improve the exchange of information immensely. With the use of data base and scripting information can be collected and displayed for membership use. Listed are the current ideas of types of information that can be collected and displayed.

Membership Information
Information such as name, employer information, location, contact information, benefit information, dependents, and other types of important information is important to stay current and up-to-date. If the membership had the ability to view and update their information it would be easier for our union office to keep that type of information current and up-to-date. Having such information will allow our union officers and members to focus on areas that need to be addressed.
This data base will require membership approval.

Documents
Bylaws, Constitution, Contracts, Side Letters, Local and Federal Laws can be maintained in a data base format that makes it easier to reference and update. This type of system would be a useful tool when the need to address any of them for changes.
This data base will require membership approval.

Union Meeting Information
Dates, Locations and Times is important information to maintain. This is also an area that members can incorporate the ability to allow members to participate in some union business via online. This would be limited to non-secret ballot votes and some grievance details would not be available for members to view to protect the member that the grievance is for.
This data base will require membership approval and participation for development.

President Attendance Log
A data base structure will allow me to log my attendance as President for membership viewing. This type of log will report to our membership when I am doing union work and allows members to question if I am being productive enough for our membership.
This data base is information me that I am freely making available to our membership. Our membership still will approve the type of information that is appropriate to post.

President Pay Slip Log
My pay slips (private information will be redacted) will be available for viewing and logged so that our membership can see what is being paid to me. This allows our membership to determine if I am being productive enough.
This data base is information about me that I am freely making available to our membership. Our membership still will approve the type of information that is appropriate to post.

Communication Log
My idea is to implement a communication log policy that will allow members to actually see if I am receiving and responding to member’s communications. Members can initiate a communication by calling me direct, sending me a text, calling our union office, writing a letter, sending an email, sending a fax, or filling out a communication form online. If a member fills out a communication form online the communication will be instantly logged and given a reference number. All the other forms of communication will be logged in by end of day. The member that initiated the communication will receive a confirmation of the communication via email. Members will be able to view the communication log and see their communications and reference numbers of communications of other members. In many communications there is private content that should not be available for all to see. With that in mind the communication log will have some information that all members can see such as a communication was initiated on such a date at such a time with reference number and the current status of the communication. The member that initiated the communication will so all the other details. All communications will require a confirmation, follow up and a closing. When a communication is closed the member who initiated the communication can provide closing comments that indicates how the member feels about the communication that took place.
This data base will have a lot of information that can be a very useful tool. The creation and development of this type of policy will have to be done with great care and thought so the information can be utilized while also protecting member’s privacy as well. This will require membership approval.

Vote Log
Here I will log how I vote on all subjects and include an explanation as to why I vote in such a manner. This will allow members to track my performance and determine if I am voting within the standards they expect.
This data base is information about me that I am freely making available to our membership. Our membership still will approve the type of information that is appropriate to post.

Expense Log
All the expenses that I claim will be logged and report to our entire membership so that our members are aware of what I am claiming as an expense.
This data base is information that I am freely making available to our membership. Our membership still will approve the type of information that is appropriate to post.

Millage Log
I would like to make this log for all union cars. For now I will log all millage of the vehicles I use to conduct union business. This will allow members to see the types of mileage that is required to perform union duties.
This data base is information that I am freely making available to our membership. Our membership still will approve the type of information that is appropriate to post.

Grievance Log
I would like to have all grievances logged into a data base so that members can see how many grievances we currently have, what stage they are at and much more information. This will allow members to see how productive we are being with our grievances as well as the cost.
This is a data base that will require a lot of thought and planning for creation and will require membership approval.

Mark Off Log
I would like to maintain a “Mark Off” log so that members can view the mark off of union officers.
This is a data base that will require membership approval.

I would like to appoint 3 – 5 members who would be interested in participating with the data base/scripting website creation and policies. A full documentation of the creation of the site will be made so that the site is not dependent on me staying on as President for its continuation of use. It is my goal for such a tool to be made for the use of not only this local but for other locals who are interested. By creating a policy for such a site to be governed by a committee rather than an individual will assure that such a tool is not abused. Strong guidelines will need to be created to assure this.