Tuesday, September 20, 2011

OEA Employee: "OEA has chosen not to bargain fairly with its own employees"

The past two years have been rocky for the Ohio Education Association (OEA) and its employees represented by the Professional Staff Union (PSU). Why should you care? Because OEA is Ohio’s largest government union, and the chief in-state donor to union front We Are Ohio.

Opposition to the reforms in Senate Bill 5 means support for the status quo, with union bosses wielding vast power over public funds. Would you hand a blank check to an HR consultant with miserable people skills? That is the effective result of Ohio’s government union law, passed in 1983 on a party-line vote.
OEA Executive Director Larry Wicks is taunted while crossing the picket line
OEA Executive Director Larry Wicks is taunted while crossing the picket line
OEA President Patricia Frost-Brooks is taunted while crossing the picket line
OEA President Patricia Frost-Brooks is taunted while crossing the picket line

The above photos are from a 2010 PSU strike against OEA – which is hardly the only recent example of conflict. Here’s an excerpt from an August 18, 2009 PSU blog post (note that union staff recently deleted or blocked access to content critical of OEA; here’s a PDF copy):
“We are picketing the OEA building today because we are concerned that bargaining a successor agreement does not seem to be a priority with the management of OEA. We urge the OEA to go to the bargaining table with the serious intention of negotiating a fair agreement with which both parties can agree. It is extremely ironic that the state’s largest advocate of school employees in collective bargaining has chosen not to bargain fairly with its own employees, ” said Bill Pearsol, spokesperson for PSU.
The informational picketing was done to draw attention to the lack of progress made at the negotiations table thus far.
“Ironic” is one word to describe OEA’s behavior with regard to its employees. Another would be “pathetic”union bosses tell locals to “bargain hard” when taxpayer dollars are at stake, but suddenly care about saving money when it comes to their own cut. Wonder why?

On November 8, vote for sensible reforms to the power of union bosses who demand that taxpayers meet their terms... but won't deal honestly with their own employees. Vote Yes on Issue 2!

If you need it, there’s plenty more proof OEA should not be trusted.

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  1. Have you read the letter that was allegedly written by a "Dr"/school superintendant over at plunderbund?

    The letter is loaded with syntax and grammar errors. It includes one word "onate" that isn't in my trusty webster's.

    Since the letter purports to report on statements made by prominent Ohio republicans it is enshrined on the plunderbund website. But it hardly casts the opposition to SB5 in a favorable light. Perhaps the good "Dr" is a product of his own school system.

    I am sure that the irony of the letter is lost on the plunderers. The good "Dr" wanted to delay sending the letter to insure that he used les mot juste. Juste too funny.

    Plunderbund admits that statements attributed to Kasich such as "we are at war with these people" are not confirmed via letter. yet the repetition of them is just a sleazy trick of yellow journalism.

    And are the citizens of Ohio at war with their unionized state work force? No! But thanks to the words of Jimmy Hoffa we know that the unions are at war with us.


  2. whoops:
    les mots juste

    juste to be correct!


  3. Ten day strike. And you can't stop writing about ten days from two years ago.

    I'm glad that you support the OEA's employees right to strike. It apparently helped them get a better contract.

    So, naturally, you support the right of OEA members to strike, too, right?

    I mean, only a hypocrite would write this much about the plight of the OEA staff and how lucky they were they were able to get a better deal by going on strike, and then support Issue 2.

  4. If you're going to rant about typos, it's "Dr." and "Plunderbund."

  5. Ah, it wasn't a rant, it was a straightforward description of the contents of your blog pal.

    Further, I'm not holding myself out as PhD educator who took weeks to insure that I used just the right words.

    Plunder is as plunder does.

  6. Modern, I honestly don't know why you're trying to spin this away at this point. You're better off pretending none of the PSU Blog stuff exists, because pretending it doesn't make OEA look awful is not working.

    I'm informing readers about the strike and a rich history of critical quotes from OEA staff, members, and retirees - all of which prove OEA's talking points (mysteriously identical to all of yours) shouldn't be trusted. You would know that it's not just about the strike if you bothered to read... but you don't, because you've already got your We Are Ohio script queued up and ready to go.


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