Submitted by Rebecca Tell
The board that served HWFC when we woke up in the morning on November 30 does not appear to be making an appropriate adjustment to the events that occurred later that day. Two major indications of this:
- They allowed the planned DOL meeting to go forward without any input from the new board members, while members were clearly calling on them not to allow it, and while refusing to disclose to anyone when the meeting actually was. It happened on Wednesday, December 2. We can expect a report back from Ursula Abrams about what happened there in the near future.
- They have informed the new board members that their terms will not take effect until December 15, at the next board meeting. The law does not support this position – according to attorney Saul Rigberg, the law that governs when the bylaws are silent (as they are on this) states that the term of a board member begins as soon as election results are certified. The new board members have asked the GRC to weigh in on this.
What is the “old board” hoping to accomplish before December 15? Can they tie our hands with respect to member labor before then? I don’t know, but I’m worried. They need to hear from members, staff, and shareholders in force. Trying to make an end run around our democratic process is not in the best interest of the coop’s future by any measure.
What do you think we should do about this?