In the fight against government union reform in Ohio, the Ohio Education Association (OEA) is the largest donor by a landslide. Ohio’s NEA affiliate charged every member $54 to help kill Senate Bill 5, and they’ve dumped $5.8 million into a $30.5 million campaign whose message is equal parts simple and dishonest:

Vote NO on Issue 2 on November 8th to help repeal Senate Bill 5, the unfair attack on employee rights and worker safety in Ohio.

The unions are too busy beating this drum to offer any evidence reform is an attack on workers that makes them less safe; the only reason to vote against Issue 2 is because the unions demand it. Since OEA has given more to the anti-reform effort than anyone, let’s see if OEA deserves Ohio’s trust!

Government unions have a straightforward business model: using money from members’ paychecks, lobby for endless tax increases and convince workers that only the union cares. From a taxpayer’s perspective this is bad enough – but OEA takes it one step further. The union pays itself big bucks to demonize Ohio’s elected officials and job creators:

Larry Wicks,
Executive Director
$210,858

Patricia Frost-Brooks,
President
$190,000

Doug Crawford,
Labor Relations Consultant
$189,832

Cecilia Weldon,
Labor Relations Consultant
$187,405

Bill Leibensperger,
Vice President
$186,471

James Martin,
Assistant Executive Director, Business Services
$171,528

Kevin Flanagan,
Assistant Executive Director, Member Services – Field
$169,761

Michael McEachern,
Labor Relations Consultant
$169,298

Susan Babcock,
Assistant Executive Director, Strategic/Workforce
$169,148

Rachelle Johnson,
Assistant Executive Director, Member Services-Programming
$164,525

Mark Linder,
Labor Relations Consultant
$161,756

Venita Shoulders,
Labor Relations Consultant
$158,432

William Otten,
Labor Relations Consultant
$155,873

Patricia Collins,
Director, Region 1
$155,551

Fritz Fekete,
Director I/S & Research
$154,635

Mary Suchy,
Director of Membership
$152,636

Randall Flora,
Director, EI&I
$152,114

Rodney Bird,
Labor Relations Consultant
$152,058

Jeffrey Kestner,
Labor Relations Consultant
$150,739

These are just the OEA staff & officers paid more than $150,000. In 2010, more than 100 OEA employees were paid six figures! Strange that folks who make a living defending poor, unappreciated educators do so by shaking them down for triple the average Ohio teacher’s salary.

What do you think – can voters be forgiven for concluding the teachers’ union is more concerned with the union than with the teachers? Vote Yes on Issue 2!

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Cross-posted at that hero.