The 2020 Membership Survey Results Are In!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The results are in from the 2020 Membership Survey. We’d like to thank all the participating AJC members; you are helping to chart the future of your association.  Here’s a summary of what we learned from your responses.

We’ve learned that the majority of the membership is generally satisfied with the AJC’s delivery of core representation services (91%) and communications (92%). However, there’s always room for improvement and we recognize, that still too many members have not yet been acquainted with their regional representatives (23%). We will look at ways in which we can facilitate those connections. Five (5%) percent of individuals requiring representation services (our core service) report being dissatisfied.

We also learned from your responses that there’s more work to do. The AJC membership’s needs have grown and they want to see that reflected in their union. More than half (55%) of the respondents to our survey, identified themselves as being from an equity seeking group. Thirty-five percent (35%) of equity seeking respondents confirmed having experienced discrimination or systemic barriers in the workplace, while forty-two (42%) of respondents, have witnessed the discrimination of others in the workplace. 

Twenty-six (26%) percent of you have expressed the need to update the AJC vision statement in order to better reflect the diversity of our membership and include health and safety in the workplace.

When asked what more we should be doing, the most popular answer was to be more pro-active in promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Respondents have listed the following top 4 priorities for the AJC to pursue on the equity front to eliminate systemic barriers:

•            Lack of promotion and stalled career advancement

•            Distribution of workload and the process by which files are assigned to counsels

•            Staffing practices: Frameworks, policies, including but not limited to questionable selection criteria

•            Workplace culture, unconscious bias, stigma or stereotypes

Overwhelmingly, the membership is happy with our on-going response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We did hear from a few members that more virtual town-halls and interaction with the AJC would be appreciated. 

We look forward to seeing many more of you at the AGM this year since 45% of members said that one of the ways they intend to further their engagement with the AJC is by participating in the AGM.  

We look forward to further engaging with you then but know that we are always receptive to hearing your ideas and opinions 365 days out of the year!