Earlier this year, the Executive Board of YusApuY developed a comprehensive membership survey to get a sense of how the membership feels about current practices and to ensure that our practices are in keeping with what the membership wants to see enacted going forward. While it’s been customary to survey the membership on issues such as bargaining, it’s been many years since we’ve had an extensive membership survey. We’re delighted that 395 respondents took the time to answer our questions.
The survey included 36 questions across three broad categories, as well as a comment box for additional comments and suggestions. The categories were: (1) General questions about YusApuY, (2) Questions about communications, and (3) Questions about health, well-being and social events. Some questions were on a scale of “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree” and others were multiple choice. The final two questions were open-ended about what members feel the union does well, and, what members feel the union could improve on.
We want to be fully open about the questions that were asked and the responses that were provided.
To achieve this, you’ll find a document containing the full statistical results, as well as summaries of the comments, above. As you will see, the statistical results are displayed as bar graphs, pie charts, and line graphs. Where there are line graphs, we’ve provided the questions as they appeared within the survey in addition to the responses (i.e., the graph) because some of the text is cut off within the graph due to the auto-formatting of the Google survey results.
In analyzing the responses, some of the highlights from the survey results include:
– There is general membership satisfaction in many areas with room to improve on others (e.g., consistency)
– Most respondents prefer to maintain our current number of general membership meetings (i.e., GMMs)
– Many members would like more information about union processes and some Committees, such as: the Bargaining Committee, the Grievance Committee, and the Job Evaluation Committee
– Members would like more information available on the union’s website
– Most members support shifting to electronic communication and reducing paper
– There are mixed feelings about shifting to a different payroll schedule
The 2020 Executive Board will be incorporating this feedback into its planning for the year at the upcoming planning session in January 2020. The union will be reporting back on initiatives in the New Year.