John Vig, 2009 IEEE President and CEO has developed an opposition response for the annual ballot. He is joined by Cleon Anderson, 2006 IEEE President, and Ray Findlay, 2002 IEEE President in this statement (along with other IEEE leaders)
The proposed 2015 IEEE Constitutional Amendment:
- Would enable a small group to take control of IEEE,
- Would eliminate the 10% of membership (~35,000 currently) minimum participation requirement – a fundamental safeguard of members’ rights. Instead of increasing members’ participation, it all but eliminates the threshold. The proposed amendment would make it possible to amend the constitution, on shorter notice, by <0.03% of membership (100 voters if 67 of them vote yes).
- Would move vital parts of the constitution to the bylaws – which will be subject to change by a small group, the Directors, on shorter notice,
- Transfers of power from about 350,000 voting members to a possibly small group of insiders,
- Would remove constitutionally mandated regional representation from the Board of Directors thereby making it more likely that no Asian, European, Latin American or Canadian representatives will be on the Board of Directors,
- Would remove constitutionally mandated technical activities representation from the Board of Directors thereby making it possible for a small group of bureaucrats and professional managers to take control of IEEE.
How has the current constitution limited IEEE?
John Vig, 2009 IEEE President and CEO
Cleon Anderson, 2005 IEEE President and CEO
Ray Findlay, 2002 IEEE President
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