The Power of the Purse.

RAPS believes the APS belongs to its members, not the executive or the board.

Dissent, criticism and questioning should be allowed from members of a democratic and representative organisation – members who are unhappy with the way that organisation is acting or functioning, supposedly on their behalf.

A representative organisation’s governing body or board, as well as its executive, are there to govern in the best interest of all its members – they are there by virtue of the entire membership, regardless of what election process and/or gerrymandering may have taken place over the years.

It is not acceptable for a representative organization to label and reject critical statements by its members as unclear, untrue and/or misleading without a genuine effort to understand the views they are putting forward. It is not acceptable to accuse critical and/or dissenting members with being motivated by personal grudges – there is no place for such a dismissive, disrespectful and patronizing attitude by a representative organisation’s governing body or board whose salaries are paid by these same members who are putting their views forward.

As long as the criticisms are reasonably explained and presented by members, they ought to be welcomed by the organisation’s administration, executive and board, in a respectful manner that has as its intention fair and equitable outcomes for all its members.

Imagine a large scale exodus from the APS and imagine its impact.

RAPS Poll, as at 23/2/2019, indicates the following:
– 514 people believe that the APS does NOT represent them
– 286 people will NOT be renewing their APS membership and a further
– 237 people are not sure if they will renew their APS membership
– a total of 523 people will not or may not renew their APS membership.

Imagine 523 psychologists not renewing their APS membership at $640/yr. This would be an immediate loss of $334,742 in fees to the APS. The exodus of 4,000 psychologists would mean a loss of $2,560,000 in fees. The exodus of 14,000 psychologists would mean the loss of $8,960,000 in APS fees.

It is clear that a large scale exodus would hurt the APS financially as well as in terms of its status and perceived authority. The APS exists and continues to flex its muscles because of its members and the fees they pay.

The power of the purse. If you don’t like the way you’re being treated – leave – and take your money with you.