> >> I've advised Mike on this in detail, but I'll put a summary here. If
> >> this committee is going to be negotiating with WMF before we've spoken
> >> to a lawyer, then we want to have nothing to do with it.
> >
> > Thomas, who is "we"?  As far as I know, WmUK was one of the many chapters
> > that mandated the committee, so I am not sure whether "we" is "you
> > personally" or whether the board's opinion has officially changed.
> I mean WMUK. Strictly speaking, I should have said "we *should* want"
> or "it would be in our best interests to".
> _______________________________________________

Speaking as a board member (but not the whole board), I felt it was in our best 
interests to be 
part of the combined efforts of the chapters to deal with the multiple issues 
associated with the 
new agreement. It is simply not an option to try and work unilaterally whilst 
the other chapters 
are working on producing a refined version together and as a whole. There is 
nothing stopping 
us from seeking legal advice and I believe steps are being taken towards that, 
but I have to whole
heartedly disagree that we should have nothing to do with this commitee. 

If, following legal advice and the work being done by the commitee (which we 
have a representative on),
there are still issues with the chapters agreement, we can follow these up. We 
arent required to renew our
agreement for some time so we have some breathing space. Lets work as both a 
chapter and with the commitee
in smoothing over this chapters agreement. 


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