One of the biggest questions I continue to get is what are the next steps. So, I will do my best to answer them in this article so everyone knows what is to come.
For the associations that have already reported approval of the measure to the state, you and your members will receive an email from Jenna asking your local for a formal email vote to merge your local into the new One Washington Local. Once you have voted (either in affirmation or declination) you will stop receiving emails asking for your vote. Once your local has reached 75% in favor of the merger, your local will officially be merged into the new local. Nothing will be done with your current membership until your local has reached 75%! If you are strongly in favor or opposed, please help us get the vote out! We need to hear from the membership to know how to best lead you all moving forward.
We do not expect this to happen overnight, and Micheal Staeb, myself or anyone on the Steering Committee would be happy to address any concerns or questions you have. We all know how hard change is and like many of you, I remember 15 years ago how different it was in local meetings. This is our chance to ensure our association is around not just 15 years from now, but hopefully another 130 years! I look forward to doing my part to carry this great legacy you all have handed me.