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Thursday, March 01, 2007

FromDC2Iowa: Optiva Voted Down

Excerpted from this post at FromDC2Iowa
For now, let me just say that getting 1437 people to come out on a stormy winter night in Iowa to attend a meeting of anything -- political party, union, coop -- is remarkable. ... At every turn, as I've written before, this has been conducted by the board and CEO with something between disdain, dismissiveness and antagonism toward the members. ... Notwithstanding these efforts -- or probably in some measure because of the backlash they created -- and notwithstanding that they started off with at least most of the 150-vote margin provided by bringing in the employees, once the dust had settled and the votes were counted, the members had taken back control of this "membership organization" that the law says gets its tax breaks because it is "democratically operated."

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