A year ago the Ohio Education Association (OEA) forced more than 100 of its employees into a strike. Why should you care? Because the OEA is Ohio’s largest government union, and the primary 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.
Though OEA employees most recently went on strike last summer, fights between the union and its staff represented by the Professional Staff Union (PSU) seem to recur each time the PSU contract expires. Here’s what one OEA employee had to say in an August 29, 2009 PSU blog post titled “STRIKE VS. RESOLUTION: WHY DOESN’T OEA ‘GET IT’?” [Update, 09-16-2011: Here's a PDF copy, since union staff have blocked access to the website]:
OEA apparently does not care that it is rife with hypocrisy, adamant in taking positions it tells its local affiliates to fight at all costs, and shortsighted. Perhaps the only interest of OEA’s Bargaining Team is to “bring PSU to its knees”. Be forewarned, those legs and knees are CARRYING OEA. If the work performed by members of PSU ends, OEA will undoubtedly topple very shortly afterward.
If the OEA management team truly cares about its members and the stability of the organization, it will bargain a fair settlement with its professional employees prior to September 1.
These are not my words, folks, or a quote from some sca-aa-ry Right to Work advocate. “OEA apparently does not care that it is rife with hypocrisy” – according to one of the union’s own employees! On November 8, vote for sensible reforms to the power of government union bosses. Vote Yes on Issue 2.
If you need it, there’s plenty more proof that OEA should not be trusted.
Cross-posted at Third Base Politics.