NEA Representative Assembly 2016: Refer Madness

If I had to guess, it looks as though AFT influence is seeping into the NEA RA proceedings this year, as delegates have discovered the magic of referring new business items, resolutions, amendments to policy statements, and all sorts of other agenda fodder to the union’s standing committees. Those items will then be reviewed and acted upon, or not, without a recommendation from the delegates.

AFT uses a committee process to filter business items before they reach the floor, and the delegates routinely bundle leftovers and refer them to the AFT Executive Council en masse so that everyone gets back to the hotel at a reasonable hour.

There will be a lot harrumphing about this being undemocratic and such, but the entire RA is such an unwieldy mess it is hard to blame the delegates for trying to cut the Gordian knot.