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NEA to Spend Up to $5 Million on Ohio Collective Bargaining Referendum

posted at 2:35 pm on October 11, 2011 by

The National Education Association’s board of directors approved an allocation of up to $5 million to fund the campaign to defeat SB 5 in Ohio – the bill that severely restricts public employee collective bargaining.

The $5 million comes from the national union’s Ballot Measure/Legislative Crises Fund, which was doubled in size by vote of NEA’s delegates in July. This contribution is in addition to the estimated $5 million the Ohio Education Association dedicated to the referendum campaign, funded by a $54 special assessment the state union imposed on its members.

EIA predicted the matching contribution back in April, and expects there to be a large presence of NEA national staff and UniServ directors from other states in Ohio over the next month. NEA believes a victory in Ohio will enable the union to turn the tide against efforts elsewhere to restrict collective bargaining.

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I’m voting yes on #2.
And yes on #3.

rbj on October 11, 2011 at 2:54 PM

I wonder if members ever wonder that instead of spending their dues money on political activism they simply lower their dues.

darwin on October 11, 2011 at 3:06 PM

I also wonder why unions don’t pay taxes. Unions are a business.

darwin on October 11, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Unions used to control a lot of votes. So Congress granted them all kinds of exemptions. (They’re also exempt from the anti-trust laws.)

Steven Den Beste on October 12, 2011 at 1:54 AM