As you are aware, last April, in an e-mail sent to all referees in the State, along with the Presidents of member team organizations, AHAI issued a mandate that they were taking over all assigning of officials in the State.
AHAI created new Committees to handle the development of officials and evaluations, a job duty that IHOA also controlled. AHAI left the teaching of seminars to IHOA.
We were no longer responsible for the assignment, development, evaluation and control of our referees. In effect, IHOA became a skeleton organization.
The purpose of the job action (Strike) is to make a concerted effort to:
- Bring AHAI to the bargaining table and Get our IHOA organization back.
- Insure our continued independence.
Get our IHOA organization Back.
IHOA has been serving the hockey community well, for the past 35 years. The takeover by AHAI has been a dismal failure.
They will tell you that there have been more evaluations than at anytime prior. This is true. However, you are all aware that many referees have received six (6) and seven (7) evaluations during the season. Some have reached ten (10), while some have received none. Why all of the evaluations? The evaluations reached such high numbers in order to justify the enormous amount of money they extracted from teams throughout the State. (See Financials)
What purpose did all of these evaluations serve? Many officials commented that the evaluations were not really a learning experience, as non-certified USA Hockey instructors performed them, but they did put $15.00 into the pockets of the evaluators.
There were officials that were being evaluated on games that served no appreciable purpose, except to justify the expenditure of money and reach high evaluation numbers. Level 3 officials being evaluated on Mite Bronze games? "Liars figure and figures lie."
The takeover by AHAI has been a dismal failure. While a handful of new referees have been developed, it does not justify the $75,000.00 that has been extracted from the Illinois teams. Just ask the coaches. (See Financials)
How do we accomplish this purpose?
When the issue of a job action was first broached, believe it or not, one organization asked, "What took you guys so long?" Our answer was simple; we did not want to hurt the players during the regular season.
However, the time has now come when it is vital that we take a stand to insure the future of our organization. While we recognize that spring leagues are starting up, we also are cognizant of the fact that there are independent assigners who will assign enough work for our membership during this job action.
To that end, we will begin a JOB ACTION on APRIL 1st, 2010.
Officials throughout the State will be asked to officiate only games that are assigned by non-AHAI assigners. The AHAI assigners are simply designated on the web as "ASSIGNER AHAI."
Officials are free to accept games from assigners that are independent. Anyone not one the above list is affiliated with, or is, an AHAI assigner. Click for List.
We do not envision that this job action will last very long, once AHAI recognizes our concerns. But rest assured, our goals will NEVER be accomplished without the effort of each and every member of IHOA.
This may well be the only time in the history of IHOA that we can make a difference for our organization and ourselves. WE NEED EVERYONE!
Finally, a petition is attached hereto, requesting that the paid members of AHAI step down from the IHOA Board. IHOA needs to be free from this conflict of interest and AHAI control.
It took an enormous effort last August to finally get some $85,000.00 that was due and owing to IHOA from the assigner account. We got it back and it is in the IHOA bank account. The non-paid members of IHOA forced the issue with the IHOA Board and AHAI to bring about this accounting.
CHANGE CAN HAPPEN AND IT STARTS WITH YOU!
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PETITION TO REMOVE CERTAIN PAID EMPLOYEES.
This Petition will be presented to the IHOA Board at the next Board of Directors Meeting.