We are writing to express our concern about a recent turn of events in the ongoing election campaign. Last week three E-mails from the Board-controlled website went out -- purportedly from League instructors -- seeking to influence the outcome of this election.
For us, these "instructor" E-mails raise a number of questions:
Are these true, heartfelt endorsements?
Were any of the instructors pressured or intimidated to sign on to these E-mails?
Have any of the parties involved read the League's By-laws?
League By-law 28 plainly states:
"There shall be no electioneering, solicitation or any action favoring any candidate during the electoral process by any employee of the Association."
That League instructors happen to file their taxes differently than front office personnel is immaterial. League instructors clearly are employees of our Association in every sense.
The purpose of By-law 28's prohibitions are to keep incumbent Boards from abusing their authority over the League's resources and employees. In other words, to ensure a fair and equal electoral playing field.
By pulling in League instructors to electioneer on their behalf, the incumbent Board has deliberately made a number of our esteemed faculty members complicit in a wholesale violation of By-law Amendment 28.
Our not-for-profit corporation's By-laws carry the legal authority of law.