“We are here in solidarity with the teachers,” said OCSEA President Chris Mabe. “We know that teachers and other public sector workers have been put under the microscope and scapegoated in recent years. But teachers and our members aren’t the problem. We’re part of the solution.”
Reynoldsburg teachers have been on strike since Friday after the school board refused to budge in negotiations focused on improving the learning conditions for the community’s children. The school district responded to the strike by hiring Huffmaster Inc., the self-proclaimed “leading provider of strike management solutions”, to provide “replacement” teachers and “strike security” guards.
On the first day of the strike, Huffmaster and its strike management consultants cost the district and its taxpayers three times more than a normal school day. And an analysis by Plunderbund found the latest proposal by the the Reynoldsburg Education Association (REA), the union representing the teachers, would ultimately save the school district upwards of $200,000 over the 3-year deal.
The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) has more than 30,000 members and represents 28 state agencies, boards, and commissions.