Sale of RAAM's title to UMCA.
--Overview of the RAAM sale problems.
--NEW: Managing Director lied to the UMCA Board of Directors, which was what turned the fighting into a public issue.
--The inside circle of RAAM sale and operation in partnership to UMCA.
--Real facts and illegal powers of the RAAM sale to UMCA not publicly discussed by the participants.
--Updated in March: Possible problems with the UMCA/RAAM Contract not publicly addressed and the waiting game. (UMCA chose to not disclose the contract to the UMCA members, which is in violation of the UMCA member's rights to investigate.)
--Ultracycling Strife article disclosed how RAAM sale was done.
--Managing Director is suspected to be being heavily involved in what he was not paid to do based on patterns of volunteers and non-UMCA employees taking on increasing workload of his job.
--Delay of elections said to be due to the RAAM-UMCA partnership development during the election season of 2006. (Thus seven of the Board of Directors were illegally serving through 2007 to the month of the 2007 RAAM.)
UMCA's campaign for six of its chosen candidates.
--Updated in January: Campaigning letter to UMCA members.
--No help for other candidates--deserving or not.
--UMCA broke its own rules in editing two of the candidates' published biographies.
--UMCA silenced a candidate by disallowing to publishing a neutral campaigning advertisement asking the members to come out and vote, which would have run in the UMCA newsletter.
--Not all paying and life members were permitted to vote.
--Updated in March:The UMCA violated private members' personal information.
--Formal complaint lodged by the 12 losing candidates regarding election improprieties should have been reviewed by an independent group of people.
--UMCA refused to re-run the irregular election.
Communication between UMCA and UMCA members
--UMCA ignores neutral offer from highly qualified newslist technician, and then controversially breaks-up ultracycling e-mail group list
--Candidate publicly withdraws from the UMCA Board election, disappears, and then suddenly reappears as an elected member of Board of Directors, weeks later elected as UMCA President.
--Updated in June: Dogpile of things the UMCA members already asked UMCA to do for as long as four years. (Most of the suggestions were ignored.)
--Missing information in the UMCA financial records.
--Added in March: UMCA's election committee
Managing Director's old contract and things related to this contract
--The old UMCA MD contract for 2003-2007 analysed by Seana Hogan and an attorney.
Point of interest:
X. Termination for Cause. "Termination for Cause" shall mean termination of employee's employment by the UMCA by reason of the following: (I) Employee's willful dishonesty towards, fraud upon, crime against, deliberate or attempted injury or bad faith action with respect to the UMCA; or (ii) Employee's conviction for any felony crime (whether in connection with the UMCA's affairs or otherwise). In the event of termination without cause, the UMCA shall pay to Hughes an amount equal to 12 months at the current year's salary. Further, the UMCA will grant to Hughes for a term of three years two full pages (or four half-pages) for advertising in each issue of UltraCycling magazine at no cost to Hughes.
(Instead of being terminated for violations listed below, Hughes was recently given a raise by the UMCA Executive Committee on June/July 2007.)
--(Reposted from above) NEW: Managing Director cut off communication to some, and lied to the UMCA Board of Directors, which was what triggered the public battle.
--John Hughes attacking Joe Gross's work to set up a new ultracycling newslist, instead of thanking him for voluntarily helping. Ultracycling loses a valuable volunteer.
--John Hughes personal attack on UMCA Board member Cindi Staiger.
--E-mail from John Hughes's account to UMCA members, asking them to attack Seana Hogan and Cindi Staiger (This was after one of the battle, which started on May 3rd and can be followed starting here.)
--John Hughes praising people he liked and attacking Mavis Irwin for presenting the case that the UMCA needs to communicate.
--Final update (July 2008): Updates on Managing Director's yet to be renewed contract--the old one presented here orignially expired on December 31st, 2007.
UMCA as an international body
--Overview of UMCA becoming an international body