Huffmaster Inc. markets itself as “the leading provider of strike management solutions” in the nation.  You may remember them as the company that raked in over a million dollars from the Strongsville school system last year during their teacher strike.  Those fees included a “$48,000 hotel bill” for the replacement teachers, and  “more than $47,000 in rented vehicles, $50,000 in flight reimbursements and $12,000 in gas and mileage payments,” according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Reynoldsburg school system, currently embroiled in its own labor dispute, is now one of Huffmaster’s newest clients.  And they are well on their way to eclipsing Strongsville’s numbers, having spent nearly $400K with Huffmaster on only the first day of the strike!  That adds up to WAY more than the typical $100K the school system would typically pay teachers in salary for the same time period.  And we haven’t even started talking about flights or hotel rooms yet!

But it’s not just the bused-in teachers working as “replacement employees,” the school system is also contracting with Huddmaster for expensive “strike management” consultants who are billing more per hour than the school superintendent.   Huffmaster is also providing private “strike security” guards.

And what exactly are Reynoldburg Schools and Huffmaster using all these security personnel for?

A video released yesterday by NBC4 provides the answer: to intimidate local parents, children and TV film crews and to prevent them from sharing the truth.

The video, included below, shows the Huffmaster security guard telling the news crew and the family that they need to leave, eventually stepping in between the camera and the family when they ignore him and continue the interview.  The security guard claims the police have been called, but NBC4 confirmed that no call was actually made.

 

NBC4: Columbus, Ohio News, Weather, and Sports (WCMH-TV)

 
  • Jessica Mgavin

    I wouldn’t mess with Mr. Potter (the parent). He’s a tough customer.

  • jr6020

    And when is Plunderbund going to expose the explosive connections between the Reynoldsburg Supt and Kasich alluded to in today’s CD? I can’t wait…

  • goofproof

    Shades of Pinkerton and River Rouge. How soon we forget.

  • amyvav

    I don’t forget. Boy, did that bring back memories! They dress up in their spiffy paramilitary costumes and act like they’re respected law enforcement. “Just doing my job, ma’am. Just enforcing the laws, sir.” They make stuff up, just like that guy did, then try to fool you with it. Did you notice that his face was never turned toward the camera? My favorite tactic was when they drove their van through our picket line. Apparently, in their world of laws, if a guard lies across the hood of the van so that his back, rather than the van itself, hits someone, it’s ok. They had obviously practiced the tactic. Disgusting! It was very impressive to see that parent and reporter maintain their composure and back him down. They are a belligerent, infuriating bunch.

  • goofproof

    Interesting tactic. Yes, hired thugs. Looking to provoke people. The people years ago who hired muscle to beat strikers and throw them off bridges never went away. Their favorite tactic was pulling the coat over the union member’s head and assaulting them with fists, chains, bats. We should listen to the elders tell it like it was. Maybe the sheeple of Ohio will wake up.

  • john curry

    This “Scabmaster” wannabe law enforcement officer needs a civics refresher class. This guy wouldn’t rate a pimple on the butt of a real certified law enforcement officer.

  • Steven Hiner

    Isn’t there an Orange Julius he could go guard?

  • Stephen C

    Candice Lee – I would not mess with her.

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