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The chair and his being impartial


gregory

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Our meeting Chair who is also our President and the Lead Negotiator for our contract loves to

influence the voting at meetings based on his "expert" opinion.

First he states the question, then members give their opinions and he answers their questions based on all he knows. What he knows is part fact and part opinion, which seems to have an outcome on the vote.

I know RONR calls for the Chair to be impartial unless he recuses his position as Chair, but he doesn't do this. What is the best course of action?

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I know RONR calls for the Chair to be impartial unless he recuses his position as Chair, but he doesn't do this.

What is the best course of action?

The best course of action is to have someone else act as the chair.

Elect a chair pro tem.

That will free up Mr. Expert to speak without violating the parliamentary rule about the chair's inhibiting the business of the assembly.

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First he states the question, then members give their opinions and he answers their questions based on all he knows. What he knows is part fact and part opinion, which seems to have an outcome on the vote.

While the chair, if a member, retains all the rights of membership, including the right to debate, the impartiality expected of his position requires him to keep is yap trap shut. If he wants to speak, he needs to relinquish the chair and let someone else take over. See page 382 - Rules Against the Chair's Participation in Debate - for more on this, and how he can get his two cents in by stepping down. The membership should not allow this to go on, but if the majority like the status quo, it may be something you'll have to live with.

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