Three weeks ago I posted about the MLA proposes dues increase for 2012-2013. I am not as interested in how I will vote, but on if I can vote since I am not attending MLA.
I was interested and based on comments on the post others were interested as well so I sent an email to MLA. I received a quick response, thank you MLA, but was surprised:
This is straight from the MLA Bylaws (accessible with MLA password only). According to the email the change to the Bylaws so dues are determined by majority vote at the Annual Meeting was done by a mailed vote in 2008. I could not find any reference to the 2008 mail vote. I do not question the 2008 vote was done, I just am not sure why and wanted to find more information. If you have more information please let me know. There may be a reason why the voting only occurs at the meeting, so please post a comment if you have more information.
I can understand the justification/need to increase dues, and in this post I am not questioning or debating on whether the dues should be increased or not. I do not understand and I am questioning the limiting of the voting to only those who attend the meeting. The vote should either include every member, or the Board should have the power to increase dues following specific criteria–after all we do vote on board members, which is done outside of the meeting, to lead the organization.
What do you think? Should there be more options for people to vote on MLA dues changes? I am curious to hear from others in the poll below: