…only 13.6% of OASW members stated that OASW’ s affiliation with CASW added ‘no value’ to their membership. …Glen Drover explains

Glenn Drover provides analysis on a survey that contributed to the OASW Decision
I would like to add a comment to the discussion on OASW’s decision to suspend membership in CASW.

One reason for the decision is a reference to a survey which OASW undertook on CASW in 2008, Based on that survey, OASW claims that “the majority of OASW respondents reported receiving “little value” from CASW membership”.

To assess that comment, I went back and looked at the survey. I do not understand how OASW came to such a conclusion.

It is based, in my judgment, upon a very biased reading of the survey. In it, only 13.6% of OASW members stated that OASW’ s affiliation with CASW added ‘no value’ to their membership.

By contrast, 41.3% said that it added significant or moderate value and 25.8% said that it had limited value. Another 19.2% said they did not have enough information to form an opinion.

I do not read those results as a negation of CASW. If anything, they are an endorsement.

Seems to me that OASW misconstrued the results of the survey or worst still, bent them to a predisposed decision.

Glenn Drover


One comment

  1. Baldwin Reichwein

    Will you allow a Western to join the dialogue about OASW wanting to terminate its affiliation with CASW, because the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) intends to do the same, OASW claiming members not getting value for money, and ACSW claiming it pays too much money to CASW. The undersigned for one does not think that the Council of ACSW serves the common good by leaving CASW, but I too question OASW’s rationale for its intended departure.

    ACSW might celebrate 50 years of incorporation in 2011, an achievement that might not have happened if social workers in Alberta had not formed the Southern Alberta and Northern Alberta Branch recpectively under the banner of CASW, in 1949/50. ACSW’s Council does not speak for me in wanting to withdraw from CASW, nor do I think that Council represents the views of many of my colleagues in Alberta, and the same phenomemon seems to be taking place in Ontario.

    I urge my elected colleagues who serve on the ACSW Council, and also my colleagues across Canada to prevent balkanization of the social work profession. Instead, social workers–individually and collectively–should rally and speak out and up to protect ‘our’ national organization. We claim to be problem solvers, and we believe in conflict resolution, right? Then, let’s get to work and solve value for money and fee issues, and let’s work together on this and make it a national project to revitalize CASW with active grassroots participation. Let’s put democratic principles of member participation to the test.I hereby join Ontario colleagues in protesting any provincial social work organization from terminating its affiliation with CASW. Social workers and their clients, i.e. Canadians generally, need a national voice in Ottawa more than ever before. So, stop talking about pieces of silver, and let’s on to practise our values.