It is easy to keep union members, even stewards and some officers, in the dark about what is happening in the bargaining table to revise the current term contract.  In fact, hoarding information about those kinds of decision-making venues can be a real rush for those leaders that thrive on control.  That is why we were happy to see the lengths the which the National Weather Service Employees Organization leadership goes to open up the traditionally secret national bargaining process. If you have an interest in openness, check out the Contract Connect series of postings at the NWSEO web site. If you do not care about decision-making openness within the union, then consider how powerful a bargaining tool this can be.  Would an agency really want to put forth a truly absurd and offensive position at the bargaining table if it knew that would be shared with the workforce?

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