The Ohio Education Association (OEA) is Ohio’s largest government union and the biggest in-state donor to union front We Are Ohio. Accompanying their cynical “solidarity” rhetoric, union apologists point to slight concessions made since Senate Bill 5 passed, insisting Senate Bill 5 is unneeded.
Before going on strike against OEA just one year ago, OEA employees represented by the Professional Staff Union (PSU) had this to say on August 6, 2009 [Update, 09-16-2011: Here’s a PDF copy, since union staff have blocked access to the website]:
The Professional Staff Union is bargaining its contract with the OEA. So far, there have been 4 bargaining sessions, all of which have been disappointing and unproductive. The OEA bargaining team has not brought a single counter proposal to the table so far.
Emphasis in the original. It gets worse:
Is this how OEA should act as a union? Absolutely not. Disappointing? Absolutely.
Especially when earlier this year, at its Collective Bargaining Conference in January, OEA was telling you to “bargain hard” stating that “even in this economy, don’t take concessions,” “if the district has money, get it while it’s there” and, “if you can’t get money, at least get language.” Apparently, OEA believes that’s what’s good for you, but not for the Professional Staff who work tirelessly for you & your members.
OEA fights to avoid providing the benefits they demand for members, while as recently as 2009 the union was instructing locals to squeeze taxpayers for all they could. In 2009, Ted Strickland was governor and the sensible reforms of Senate Bill 5 would have been unheard of. I’m sure that’s a coincidence.
Here’s a table that follows the above quotes from OEA staff –
…If you need it, there’s plenty more proof that OEA should not be trusted.
Cross-posted at Third Base Politics.