NEA to Spend Up to $5 Million on Ohio Collective Bargaining Referendum
posted at 2:35 pm on October 11, 2011 by Mike Antonucci
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.