Nearly a year ago, the Local 1000 Board of Directors undertook a comprehensive effort to work on the future governance structure of our Union. They created the Committee on the Future (COF), a group of nearly two dozen member leaders from across the state charged with researching the best governance structure for an effective, powerful, 21st-century member-driven union.  

The COF has been meeting regularly, at least five times since the beginning of the year. Each of the committee members has invested more than 100 hours researching, debating, and developing the report that will be presented to the Local 1000 Board of Directors in a weeklong meeting beginning September 18.

You can read the Committee’s Report and Recommendations here.

You can read more about the COF in this letter from Board Chair Bill here.

Positive Change Is Already Happening

In two recent meetings (July 22 – 23 and July 31), the Board of Directors took steps to ratify several early recommendations from the Local 1000 Committee on the Future.

The Board passed two COF motions that will improve our election processes. We will convert to electronic voting — when possible. In future internal elections, we will also use ranked-choice voting for Union leadership. This process allows our union members to select candidates that more accurately represent their preferences and ensures that the winning candidate will receive a 50% +1 (a majority) vote.

In addition, we passed a motion to change the Union’s Chief of Staff position to an Executive Director position.  The Chief of Staff was hired by and answered only to the union’s president.  Under the new structure, our Executive Director will report to the entire Board of Directors
(BOD). The BOD will continue to set overall policy and direction for the Local, and the Executive Director will be responsible for enacting those policies and plans.  Staff will report to the Executive Director.

On July 31, the Board passed a motion to hire Nina Schulman as our first Executive Director. Nina has been working as Acting Executive Director since December 2022. Our staff respects Nina’s leadership and enjoys working under her direction.

The Committee on the Future’s recommendations, and the Board’s oversight, are combining to stronger a better Local 1000 to better serve our members.