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
John Wilson, Executive Director
Becky Pringle, Secretary Treasurer
Lily Eskelsen, Vice President
Carmen Quesada, Director
John Stocks, Deputy Executive Director
Dorothy Harrell, Director
Cynthia Swann, Sr Policy AdvDir
Michael McPherson, Chief Financial Officer
HT Nguyen, State Affiliate Exec Dir
Len Paolillo, Executive Committee
John Yrchik, State Affiliate Exec Dir
Kimberly Anderson, Org Specialist
Julie McGinnis Garcia, CLO
Barry Melamed, Assoc. Director
Tamara Hamilton, Dir CareerDev ExelEd
Sheila Simmons, Director
Andrew Linebaugh, Director
Armand Tiberio, RegionalDir
Segun Eubanks, Director
David DuVall, RegionalDir
Dennis Friel, RegionalDir
Janet Dade, Director
Kathleen Lyons, RegionalDir
Leona Hiraoka, Director
Roxanne Dove, Director
Bouy Te, Director
Ronald Henderson, Director
Willard Raabe, Director
Daniel Hand, Director
Philip McLaurin, Director
Michael Edwards, Sr Policy AdvDir
Donna Healy-Dean, Director
Harry Lawson, RegionalDir
Jacob Sweeney, Org Specialist
Maurice Joseph, Deputy General Counsel
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:
- Teachers are grievously underpaid.
- Corporations – who make “products” and “services” and sell them in a “marketplace” where people have “choices” – are to blame.
- 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.