Dear President Frost-Brooks,

I want to simply and clearly state my unequivocal opposition to any offer by Ohio’s Governor and GOP leaders to meet with you to negotiate on the contents of Senate Bill 5.

The time for discussion about this harmful legislation passed when our concerns about this far-reaching legislation were blatantly ignored by the Senate during committee and floor discussions and votes and again in the House committee and floor discussions and votes.  As an educator who offered thoughtful and research-based testimony to the House committee immediately preceding Vice President Leibensperger, I received NOT ONE single question during or after by any member of the committee or any other representative.  As a result of this rampant and willful ignorance, the ill-informed teacher evaluation and performance pay provisions such as level of license and “Highly Qualified” status passed through without modification, demonstrating an unwillingness on the part of these legislators to respect the expertise of educators in the construction of this intentionally destructive legislation.

As an elected faculty representative member of the Columbus Education Association, elected delegate to the Ohio Education Association via the Capital District, and elected delegate to the National Education Association, I respectfully request that you demand the immediate and absolute removal of all facets of Senate Bill 5 from Ohio law as the initial condition for any future negotiations with the Governor, Senate President, and House Speaker, or any representative selected on their behalf.

 

Respectfully,
Gregory Mild

Proud member of:
Columbus Education Association
Ohio Education Association
National Education Association

 

 
  • NO NEGOTIATIONS PERIOD.  If John and his GOP legislators feel SB 5 is a loser all they have to do his reconvene the legislature and repeal the bill…Of course, they won’t do this…why?  1) He have to admit to all those GOP lawmakers the reasons he gave for passing SB 5 (namely, saving money) were not true- it was purely a union busting bill all along and 2)  It’s a strategy ploy to show the public “See. I tried to negotiate with the unions and they refused”.  You can bet this will be a TV ad they will run this fall…Jim, Columbus

  • Anonymous

    It’s a trap!  Seriously.  This is not an attempt to reach out but yet another tactical move.  It’s a way to make SB5 opponents look bad.

    http://youtu.be/dddAi8FF3F4

  • Who, exactly, is Kasich and his cronies meeting with on Friday?

  • All my children work for the state – different departments, but all are union members – and none have heard anything about this meeting. My son even talked to his union and they said they will not negotiate, never heard of the meeting and think Kasich is telling lies.

  • Anonymous

    Greg, you need to copy the GOP and negotiate like they did.  Agree to meet, say things are fine, then issue a few demands.  When Kasich agrees to them, hold a press conference and say he is like Jello. Then, a day later, change your demands and negotiate on them.  Say yes, change your mind, say your members won’t accept, but keep stringing things out.  And in the end, blame Kasich while saying that you agreed to everything.

  • Anonymous

    Announced at a press conference this afternoon.  Invitation to unions to meet.  Obviously, I’m not in favor of meeting with these charlatans.

  • Anonymous

    This is EXACTLY what the OEA and OFT need to demand – complete repeal of SB 5 as a condition to negotiate. Nicely done.

  • Anonymous

    This is EXACTLY what the OEA and OFT need to demand – complete repeal of SB 5 as a condition to negotiate. Nicely done.

  • I do not want to back down. What can he offer that would get me to back down. Take everything out of SB5 and let the unions negotiate with out restrictions as needed when it comes up with our local employers. In other words. Kasich gets rid of SB5 himself. Let us alone. We have not done wrong to the public. So he needs to let us do what we have been doing all along.

  • I do not want to back down. What can he offer that would get me to back down. Take everything out of SB5 and let the unions negotiate with out restrictions as needed when it comes up with our local employers. In other words. Kasich gets rid of SB5 himself. Let us alone. We have not done wrong to the public. So he needs to let us do what we have been doing all along.

  • This I would like to know too. I belong to a union that is not affiliated with a state or national union. Akron teachers AES is a very good union. But will they be there? I agree this is just to make the unions look bad now that Kasich knows he is losing and he is losing more than just SB5. He is losing face.

  • dlw

    Though I don’t believe that Kasich and Pals have any real intention of actual negotiations (and as has already been stated, the time for that is so over), I also don’t think the Unions should reject the meeting out of hand.

    If they do, that makes them all look bad and makes for lovely commercials from now until November: “see, see?! not only did I tell you that we needed SB5 to balance the budget, but when I tried to do the civil adult thing and work things out with them, they would not even talk to me!!! those crazy liberals are always saying we won’t work with them, but look what happens when we try!!!”

    I think the better option is to agree to the meetings, to go to the meetings, and then to report to everyone how unbending and ridiculous they are in their supposed negotiations. That makes for an even better commercial for the Unions: “they completely screwed us and then wanted to talk… even though they’d treated us badly, we did the mature thing and went to the table… and they still wouldn’t listen to us and treat us honestly and reasonably and they still tried to screw over all public workers in the state. is this really how you want your elected officials to do business?”

  • Adrienne

    Excellent and well said, Greg.

  • Anonymous

    How on earth would a negotiation work NOW? He ramrodded this bill through without input from those most impacted by it. He demoted and punished members of his own party that were not “on the bus.” He signed the thing into law without the slightest hint that he would listen to any opposition. And NOW he holds a press conference and says he wants to talk? About what? The bill is LAW. It is a law that he whole-heartedly supported. There is no reason to believe that he or his fellow Republicans in the legislature would reliably walk back on any of it when the legislature reconvenes. There really is nothing to talk about. That time was last winter.

  • Anonymous

    He would have to figure out a way to have the legislature undo the bill before there is any suggestion of taking Issue 2 off the ballot. Period. End of story. Promises aren’t good enough. Saying they’ll revisit it next year is not good enough. Full steam ahead! NO on 2! NO on 2!

  • Anonymous

    But what can they DO? The unions and Democrats would be iNSANE to remove SB 5 from the ballot until repeal is signing in ink by the governor and is the official law of the land. Otherwise, I guarantee the snake you rescued will bite.

  • Anonymous

    I’d go into negotiations, only if Kasich were at the table too.  I’d just sit quietly and see what he has to say, and then conclude the meeting by saying, “We’ll negotiate with you after the election.”

    I don’t want the working people of Ohio to give into Kasich’s demands.  He is a not one to be trusted.  We need to keep the Springsteen song as our motto:  No retreat. No surrender.

  • Kasich and his GOP cronies speak with a forked tongue. SB5 should be unconditionally withdrawn from legislation. 

  • Michele Winship

    Kasich also said that the teachers’ unions would have to take out a full-page apology ad in all the major state papers before he would meet with them.  His education “guru” Bob Sommers reiterated that to me at the end of July when I told him I was looking forward to working with him on teacher evaluation.  And NOW he wants to talk?  Whatever.

  • Ditto to what Mr. Mild said.

  • dlw

    Oh definitely! I can’t imagine what Kasich could possibly offer that would justify removing it from the ballot. I don’t even think they (the Unions/workers) should actually “negotiate” anything at this point. I just think that in terms of the campaign for fall, it would really suck to have Kasich look like he was trying while the Unions refused to talk. Yes, yes, anyone who’s been following the situation knows better. But I know an awful lot of people — voters — who get their news from soundbites and commercials.

  • Lacklandgd

    I happen to agree with dlw’s posts…..ka-sick has “pie on his face” at this point in time because HE is asking to sit down and negotiate.

    If what they’re offering doesn’t sit well w/leadership and its members, then we can walk away… saying we tried.

    Looks so much better for us!

  • Lacklandgd

    I happen to agree with dlw’s posts…..ka-sick has “pie on his face” at this point in time because HE is asking to sit down and negotiate.

    If what they’re offering doesn’t sit well w/leadership and its members, then we can walk away… saying we tried.

    Looks so much better for us!

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