I was asked to submit a letter to the membership regarding the recall vote. Below is my response.
My Fellow AOCE Members:
This Friday a recall vote begins to remove me from office. 31 members at OSP signed a petition to remove me for
"failure to dutifully represent the majority will of the membership because of a failure to actively engage in collecting
the will of the membership in decision making.” There were no specific examples provided so I will attempt to
respond to these vague allegations. I want to point out that 31 of 789 members is 3.9% of the memberhip.
When I was elected to my first term as President of AOCE, after serving as your AOCE Treasurer for 9.5 years,
I fought for the majority will of the AOCE membership. I helped secure one of the best contracts I’ve seen in my
21 years at DOC. I was overwhelming re-elected as your AOCE President just 6 months ago.
For those of you who don’t know how AOCE runs, here is an explanation of how I represent the majority will
of the membership: when an issue is brought forward I work with the other elected E-Board members at
the affected institution to investigate the facts, communicate with the members, and consult with our attorney.
We rely on input from members for each decision we make. As an example, when OSP management proposed
moving DSU to SMH with new schedules we asked for input from staff working there from custody to
corrections professionals. We had our attorney file a demand-to-bargain. We sat down with DOC and DAS and
bargained. We stopped their plan to change the start/stop times and days off in the upcoming bid and stopped
their plan to remove elite posts from the bid. We relied on input from the members working in the affected area and
fought for their rights, based on their wishes. It’s examples like this that leave me scratching my head trying to figure
out why the petition signers are saying I don’t represent the membership!
The 2 months prior to this petition being filed I flew to Arizona because my father was dying. I took a few
days of bereavement leave after he passed. If members tried to reach me during those times and couldn’t,
I had an out of office email directing them to their institution VPs and Executive VPs for Custody
and Corrections Professionals. I also check my email and cell phone regularly. To say I am unreachable or
making decisions without member input are false allegations.
I enjoy serving as your President and I would like to continue to do so. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Corporal Dan Weber