I’ve reported previously that We Are Ohio, the group lying its pants off to kill Senate Bill 5, is funded chiefly by D.C. unions. Yesterday, Hot Air noted that the National Education Association (NEA) plans to spend as much as $5 million more to block the reforms passed by Ohio’s elected leaders.

If NEA is genuinely concerned about Ohio teachers, they are saints compared to their Ohio affiliate, the Ohio Education Association (OEA). Don’t believe me? Consider OEA pay, the words of OEA staff, the treatment of OEA retirees, and smears against non-union teachers, for starters.

Maybe NEA is different…

Why is NEA desperate to keep Ohioans from voting Yes on Issue 2? In addition to instituting merit pay, putting a stop to last-in-first-out firing policies, and requiring government workers to pay for a small portion of their benefits, Senate Bill 5 ends mandatory “fair share” dues taken from non-members.

Take a look at NEA pay and tell me it’s not about the money:

Dennis Van Roekel, President
$397,721

John Wilson, Executive Director
$384,129

Becky Pringle, Secretary Treasurer
$340,845

Lily Eskelsen, Vice President
$326,563

Carmen Quesada, Director
$308,773

John Stocks, Deputy Executive Director
$277,613

Dorothy Harrell, Director
$270,529

Cynthia Swann, Sr Policy AdvDir
$258,751

Michael McPherson, Chief Financial Officer
$249,499

HT Nguyen, State Affiliate Exec Dir
$246,403

Len Paolillo, Executive Committee
$241,556

John Yrchik, State Affiliate Exec Dir
$228,786

Kimberly Anderson, Org Specialist
$228,356

Julie McGinnis Garcia, CLO
$224,117

Barry Melamed, Assoc. Director
$222,951

Tamara Hamilton, Dir CareerDev ExelEd
$222,220

Sheila Simmons, Director
$221,934

Andrew Linebaugh, Director
$221,733

Armand Tiberio, RegionalDir
$220,416

Segun Eubanks, Director
$214,015

David DuVall, RegionalDir
$212,649

Dennis Friel, RegionalDir
$212,160

Janet Dade, Director
$210,970

Kathleen Lyons, RegionalDir
$208,009

Leona Hiraoka, Director
$206,885

Roxanne Dove, Director
$206,816

Bouy Te, Director
$206,751

Ronald Henderson, Director
$206,161

Willard Raabe, Director
$204,717

Daniel Hand, Director
$204,343

Philip McLaurin, Director
$203,845

Michael Edwards, Sr Policy AdvDir
$203,778

Donna Healy-Dean, Director
$202,462

Harry Lawson, RegionalDir
$201,658

Jacob Sweeney, Org Specialist
$201,191

Maurice Joseph, Deputy General Counsel
$200,682

View complete spreadsheet, pulled directly from the union’s 2010 report to the U.S. Department of Labor.

36 NEA employees & officers were paid more than $200,000 last year. 97 NEA employees were paid more than $175,000. 183 were paid more than $150,000. 441 were paid more than $100,000!

Let me make sure I’ve got this right:

  1. Teachers are grievously underpaid.
  2. Corporations – who make “products” and “services” and sell them in a “marketplace” where people have “choices” – are to blame.
  3. Teachers in Ohio and across the country pay NEA hundreds of dollars every year so NEA can elect big-government politicians, cheer on deficit spending, agitate for higher taxes, and become millionaires in the process.

Does NEA even allow math teachers to join?

Like all government unions, NEA is in the business of self-preservation at taxpayer expense. Opposing Senate Bill 5 won’t help get Ohio back on track… but that’s of no consequence to D.C. union bosses. Vote Yes on Issue 2!

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Cross-posted at that hero and Third Base Politics.