The Ohio Education Association is conducting Phone Banks in
support of the OEA Recommended Candidates in targeted House
Districts, Senate Districts, Congressional Districts and the State
Board of Education. Here are your opportunities to volunteer:
Dates: Wednesday, October 22
Tuesday, October 28
Thursday, October 30
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM (Shift 1)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Shift 2)
Location: OEA Office – Mentor
5804 Heisley Road
OR CALL 1-800-686-4228 OR 440-639-1300 TO

John Kasich won’t say the “F” word.

For months, the Governor has refused to talk about the real issues affecting working families. He won’t even say the word “FitzGerald,” and now he’s refusing to agree to debates all together.

Kasich is the first Ohio governor in at least 30 years to refuse to agree to debates. No other Governor in recent memory has been arrogant enough to say to hard working Ohioans, “I don’t have to explain my decisions to you.”

Will you stand with me and sign a petition demanding that Governor Kasich explain himself to Ohioans?

Ohioans have only had one opportunity to vote on the Governor’s record before: SB 5. And the Governor’s team remember all to well how that went.
They know if the Governor debates, he’ll have to defend his record – and it’s hard to defend policies that only work for the wealthy and hurt working people.

The Governor’s handlers also remember that Kasich has a nasty habit of calling Ohioans “idiots” when they’re not speaking for him.

Ohioans deserve to hear what the Governor really thinks. They need to know if he’s really learned from SB 5, or if he’s just gotten better at hiding what he really thinks of working people.

Sign this petition to demand the Governor upholds his civic duty, and agrees to defend his positions in front of the people he wants to represent for another four years.

Chip Shannon

Campaign Manager

Friends of FitzGerald-Neuhardt

Paid for by Friends of FitzGerald-Neuhardt

NE-mail, September 2014
Resource Issue; NEOEA Day: September-October News and Views
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Resource Issue

All members receive the back-to-school Resource Guide issue of News and Views. Watch for it in your school mail, or check with us at 216-518-0200 to find out who to contact for your copy of News and Views.

The Resource Issue contains information members may need throughout the year. This year’s version includes a hard copy of “NEOEA Day at a Glance,” which provides a one-sheet guide to NEOEA Day’s 43 programs, a campaign preview, information about checking your voter registration status, and a preview of our Negotiations Conference on NEOEA Day.

Click here for an online copy of the Resource Issue.

Resource Issue

NEOEA Day Catalog NEOEA Day Catalog and “NEOEA Day at a Glance”

NEOEA Day is just a few weeks away! Most programs are still accepting registrations.

We have sent local associations a supply of catalogs based on their recent participation in NEOEA Day events. If you don’t see one at your worksite, ask your local President or Building Representative for a copy or call 216-518-0200. Or click here for a copy of the NEOEA Day Catalog.

To make participation easier, we have developed an online guide, “NEOEA Day at a Glance.” You can use the hard copy in your News and Views Resource Issue, but the online version is interactive and easy to use. Click here for a copy of the “NEOEA Day at a Glance” interactive guide.

As we get closer to NEOEA Day, some programs will reach their limits and close registration. We maintain a chart showing the status of each of the programs. Click here for the program status chart.

And graduate credit is available! Contact Sally Schuler for graduate credit information.


September-October News and Views

The regular issues of News and Views began with your local’s shipment last week of the September-October issue. Contents include:

  • our popular “What We Did on Our Summer Vacation” photo feature;
  • a showcase of the many ways you can make sure that you and your colleagues get everything they should from their dues dollars (Public Relations Mini-Grants, Community Involvement Grants, Positive Image Recognition, OEA scholarships, and our Consumer Corner);
  • registration information for our Presidents Plus Two Negotiations Conference on NEOEA Day.

Click here for an online copy of the September-October issue.

News and Views, September-October


North Eastern Ohio Education Association
5422 East 96th Street, Suite 200
Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125-5330
216/518-0200, 800/354-6794
fax: 216/518-0202,

NEOEA is a professional association of educators working to improve public education in northeastern Ohio by serving the needs of its members.

Campaign 2014 Bulletin

September 19
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Campaign Activity Update

Campaign 2014 Bulletin #5: Meet HD 6 Candidate Anthony Fossaceca September 24

Wednesday, September 24, 3:30-6:00 PM
Brecksville Community Center
1 Community Drive, Brecksville 44141
Hosted by Debbie Bernauer and Terry Alai

Anthony will share his views on education and, as the OEA-endorsed candidate, listen to your concerns. Anthony operates an advertising company in Chagrin Falls, where he lives. He and his wife have twins attending third grade. Please make time for this important opportunity! This is a “drop-in” event: feel free to stop by as your schedule permits.

HD 6 includes Bentleyville, Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Chagrin Falls, Chagrin Falls Township, Gates Mills, Glenwillow, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Independence, Lyndhurst, Mayfield, Moreland Hills, Oakwood, Seven Hills, Solon, Valley View, and Walton Hills.
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Visit our Campaign 2014 Portal at!

This publication is intended for members of the North Eastern Ohio Education Association. NEOEA does not endorse candidates. We do educate our members about the impact of legislation and political activity on their personal and professional lives, and we do communicate OEA’s and NEA’s legislative positions, including endorsements, to our members. We welcome member involvement in the organization’s decision-making process. To get involved, call us at 216/518-0200 or send an email to

Right to work is a lie

Supporters of so-called “right to work” laws argue that they advocate for a cause whose noble aim is to advance personal liberty and promote economic growth. They wield buzz words like “freedom” and “choice” for their messaging. They opine that too many workers needlessly suffer because corporate America cannot free itself from the shackles of greedy labor unions. A non-critical eye may see a movement that champions freedom and offers hope. However, if you look just beneath the surface of the “right to work” cause, you will see a campaign that is built on distortions and predicated on lies and whose unstated purpose would undermine workers’ safety, economic security and well-being. The true goal of right to work is to put more money into the pockets of corporate shareholders. The consequence of these purposes, whether intended or unintended, is a diminished middle class.

Right to work (RTW) does not provide a financial benefit to workers. It hurts them – financially and physically. A viable labor movement is the best way to advance the wellbeing of the middle class. Here’s what the empirical research shows in terms of worker compensation and workplace safety:

  • The average worker in a RTW state earns about $1,500 less per year than a person working in a non-RTW state.
  • Unions raise worker pay by roughly 20 percent.
  • In Ohio, teachers working in non-union charter schools receive annual salaries that are about $16,000 less than those paid to traditional public school teachers. The gap is even larger when compared to what for-profit charter schools pay their teachers.
  • The rate of employer-sponsored health insurance and pensions is lower in RTW states.
  • Worker fatalities in the construction industry are 34 percent higher in RTW states.

Economic development is not enhanced by RTW legislation. In fact, the enactment of RTW laws almost certainly hinders growth and prosperity:

  • Research finds no relationship between the presence of a RTW law and state unemployment rates, per capita income or job growth.
  • When asked what influences their plant-location decision process, RTW is not an important criterion for small manufacturers.
  • Low-wage workers result in lower tax revenues, putting infrastructure needs and education and other publicly funded services at risk.
  • Lower wages also mean less spending by consumers, which stunts economic expansion.
  • States with the lowest percentage of workers in unions have relatively weak middle classes.

In addition to fewer, lower paying, less safe jobs and an erosion of infrastructure and decreased levels of public services, RTW robs our country of its democratic principles. Research shows that a weakened labor movement results in lower voter turnout and less participation by ordinary citizens in the political process. Maybe that is exactly what the RTW folks want; a means of keeping the political cronies of the richest in power so their interests will be forever served. Right to work is a carrot for a select few at the top of the economic food chain and a stick for everyone else.

Full Text of the RTW Constitutional Amendment

Spearheaded by the horribly misguided Ohioans for Workplace Freedom, petitions are being circulated to get an amendment to the Ohio Constitution (Article I, Section 22) on the ballot.

Get the Message

Download the message on so-called “Right to Work” legislation and the so-called “Workplace Freedom Amendment” in this one page document.