I received the mail the notice of the South Slope Cooperative Annual meeting scheduled for June 17, 2015. Included with the notice for the first time was a ballot to elect two members to the South Slope Cooperative Board of Directors. I was very pleased to see the name of Paul McAndrew from the North Liberty area listed as a candidate. I cannot think of a more qualified candidate than Paul McAndrew. Paul graduated with a law degree with high distinction from the University of Iowa in 1983 and has practiced law in this area representing working people for over thirty years.
Paul’s main goal is the help South Slope provide quality service to its customers, but he also wants to make sure that members and employees voices are heard by the Board of Directors. Communication with the present board is difficult; answers needed review by a Des Moines attorney before getting a simple response. I also found that South Slope has separate lawyers representing the board in corporate affairs as well as collective bargaining and dealing with the violations found to have merit by the National Labor Relations Board by South Slopes CEO. According to IRS Form 990 South Slope has spent $386,000 for legal expenses from 2010 through 2013. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a person on the board of directors representing us, the customers, members and employees without having to pay legal expenses. I believe Paul McAndrew to be that person.
The ballots were a surprise because current South Slope bylaws provide for voting for board members at the annual meeting. But then I was able to find and download a copy of new bylaws apparently adopted by the Board on March 16, 2015 without much notice to members. Please promote more transparency from the Board of Directors by putting an X in the box by Paul McAndrew’s name, attach your signed sticker to the ballot, place your ballot in the return and mail it before June 7.
~ Richard Running, Cedar Rapids