Internal membership poll to gather feedback on a variety of issues

Results help Provincial Executive respond better to concerns, needs of members HEU is gearing up to carry out a major poll of union members to find out what you think about a variety of issues ranging from bargaining priorities to member satisfaction with the services the union provides. The survey will be carried out by HEU's long time polling firm, McIntyre and Mustel in the last week of November and the first week in December. Roughly 800 union members will be randomly contacted and asked to participate in the 15 to 20 minute interview process and give their feedback on a range of questions. The results will be analyzed and then presented to HEU's Provincial Executive in January. "We've undertaken a number of similar member surveys in the past," says union president Fred Muzin, "and the results have given us valuable feedback that's helped the executive respond better to the needs and concerns of members." "We'll use the valuable information the poll provides us in a number of important ways, such as preparation for the upcoming rounds of bargaining, our lobbying approaches to government on critical issues and to insure that we provide the best possible services for our members," he said. To meet the "random" sample base test that's required in the polling process, a preliminary list of 5,000 union members has already been randomly generated from HEU's membership list. These members will soon be given advance notice by letter that they could be asked to participate in the survey. Muzin assures members that participation is voluntary and the process is confidential and anonymous. If you have any questions about the poll, contact Stephen Howard, HEU director of communications and research, at 739-1506 or 1-800-663-5813.