Did the OEA say.......
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The following is the EIA Communiqué for September 12, 1997:
+ The staff unions for both the Lousiana Association of Educators (LAE) and the Ohio Education Association (OEA) have been on strike since Labor Day against their teacher union bosses. Picketers marched in front of the OEA building in Columbus carrying signs that read “A Labor Union on Strike Against a Labor Union on Labor Day.” The gyrations of these stories are hard to follow, so bear with me.The Columbus Education Association is involved in a bitter contract negotiation with the Columbus School District. So OEA UniServ consultant Rick Logan has agreed to continue to assist the Columbus EA. But by doing so, he is “scabbing” the Ohio Professional Staff Union to which he belongs (probably with its consent). Meanwhile, secretaries at the Columbus EA have joined the picket line, prompting the Columbus EA to ask members for “your patience as we utilize temporary help.”
Apparently OEA presented a contract with 40 “take backs” to the staff union. The staff union also alleges that OEA “walked away from the table” after presenting this offer. OEA President Mike Billirakis has reportedly been quoted as saying he is willing to lose 30,000 members, if necessary, before he gives in. In OEA’s defense, the average OEA staff cash/benefits package (including “management”) is worth $87,582.
The contract expired at 12:01 Wednesday.
At least 30 picketers were at the OEA building at 225 E. Broad St. at about 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.
People were picketing at the back and the front of the building.
Picketers apparently were attempting to stop vehicles from coming into the parking lot.
At least one person was arrested at OEA Wednesday morning.
OEA President Patricia Frost-Brooks said in a statement the association is disappointed an agreement was not reached in time to keep the PSU from walking out. She said the OEA is willing to meet at any time to resolve the remaining issues.
PRESS RELEASE FROM PSU
Employees of the Ohio Education Association, Ohio’s largest teacher union, are set to be on strike at midnight tonight if a new contract is not reached by then. The 109 professional employees of OEA work in a Columbus headquarters and in 25 field offices in Ohio. Negotiation between OEA representatives and negotiators from the Professional Staff Union (PSU) met all day Monday and today before breaking for PSU negotiators to meet with its members at 5:00 p.m.
PSU president Norm Young said after the PSU meeting, “We had nothing to present to our members at the end of the day, so they are headed home and to the picket lines tomorrow morning. Actually, our pickets will start tonight at the Columbus headquarters.” Young is a 26-year OEA employee. After the PSU meeting, negotiation resumed tonight under the guidance of a federal mediator.
Another OEA union, the Ohio Associate Staff Union, representing the remainder of OEA’s non-management employees, reached a tentative agreement late Monday afternoon. Details of the settlement will not be released until the union’s members vote on it.
Both unions had voted unanimously earlier in August to strike if no new contracts were reached when their contracts expired today.
Young said, “OEA officers and managers need to practice what they preach. It’s a pretty high form of hypocrisy for OEA officers and managers to be giving us this treatment when they expect us to protect OEA members from the same treatment out in the schools. I’ll say it again, it’s embarrassing. We run training programs to help our local leaders around the state cope with this same nonsense.”
Young added, “We can’t negotiate in the public, but it’s safe to say that our issues in dispute are very similar to the issues with which we help OEA members everyday all over Ohio. We are trying to protect our pensions, our health care benefits, our job security; we’re trying to keep our workload under control; and we want fair treatment regarding our pay and other compensation matters.
The contract talks began May 20. A federal mediator has assisted the talks since early July. The union filed an unfair labor practice charge in July with the National Labor Relations Board over the union’s claim that OEA was refusing to negotiate.
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