OHIO EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
129 EASTON ST NE SUITE 103
CANTON, OH 44721
ECOEA—THE LINK BETWEEN YOUR LOCAL
AND THE OHIO EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES:
- February 26, 2016-ECOEA reservation deadline to the ECOEA Legislative Dinner
- March 1, 2016-ECOEA Quinn $500 Scholarship to Members application deadline
- March 1, 2016-ECOEA Quinn $1,500 Scholarship to Children of Members application deadline
- March 1, 2016-Letter of Intent deadline for ECOEA Executive Board and OEA committee positions
- March 4, 2016-ECOEA Legislative Dinner, LaPizzaria, 6:00 PM
- April 9, 2016-ECOEA Spring Representative Assembly
PERRY ASSOCIATION OF SUPPORT STAFF
COLUMBUS – In ballots counted today by the State Employment Relations Board, more than 200 custodians, aides, paraprofessionals, secretaries, food service workers, and other education support professionals in the Perry Local School District voted overwhelmingly to form a union affiliated with the Ohio Education Association (OEA).
“We organized our union to gain a voice, respect, job security, and solidarity,” said Cindy Savage, an accounting secretary at Perry High School who graduated from Perry Local Schools and has been employed by the district for 25 years. “Most importantly, we now have one unified voice to advocate on behalf of the students we serve.”
The vote was the culmination of a yearlong organizing campaign and a two-week mail-balloting period. During the campaign, the district respected the employees’ right to organize and allowed staff to decide freely whether or not to form a union. The new union, the Perry Association of Support Staff OEA/NEA, now begins the process of negotiating its first contract.
“We are looking forward to building a mutually respectful relationship with the district as we bargain a strong first union contract,” said Melody Woodson, a 14-year district employee who works as an elementary library clerk at Genoa Elementary School.
The Perry Association of Support Staff OEA/NEA members join approximately 300 teachers and other certified staff in the Perry Local School District who are also affiliated with the OEA as members of the Perry Classroom Teachers Association.
OEA Fall Representative Assembly
ECOEA members attended the DLAMC Minority Banquet on Friday evening at the Doubletree where they heard Rev. Dr. Gloria Wade-Dillon as the featured speaker. She emphasized that every vote matters, every life matters. OEA-R member Kathleen Purdy made a special presentation to Rev. Wade-Dillon. Following the banquet, members networked and enjoyed the tunes from DJ Jim York of North Canton EA.
ECOEA was well-represented at the OEA Fall Rep Assembly on Saturday, December 5. The RA was held at a new venue–the Ohio Expo, Voinovich Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Members at the RA passed a policy motion to support a parent’s right to opt out their children from testing and inform the parent of the consequences of that action. Sophia Rodriguez of Coldwater Teachers’ Organization was elected to fill the NEA Director #2 vacancy. Newcomerstown President Janel Travis announced that her member, ECOEA Past President Angela Stewart, is a candidate for NEA Director #4. This position will be voted on at the OEA Spring Rep Assembly in May 2016. Good luck Angela!
ECOEA delegates stopped by the ECOEA table to enter in our giveaway drawing and picked up a small gift for attending. We appreciate our delegates! Winners of the ECOEA delegate drawing were Robin Gonzalez of Wooster EA and Ramona Moore of Lake Local EA. Winner of the fundraiser drawing was Cindy Endres of Jackson CPA. Enjoy your prizes!
OEA President Becky Higgins
Fall Listening Tour 2015
OEA President Becky Higgins visited ECOEA for her Fall Listening Tour on Monday, November 9. Escorted by ECOEA President Tracy Lemus Santos, Becky began her day at the Wayne County JVS where President Bruce Steiner arranged for Becky to visit several classrooms. Becky and Tracy were impressed with the young nursing students in the classroom of Pam Vorkapich. These students earn their STNA license and will graduate with their LPN, ready to enter the workforce or go on and earn their RN. Equally impressive were the students in the Powerline Techologies class of Rich Grimes who were learning to wire a home for electric, phone, cable, and practicing utility pole climbing. The classroom is run like a workplace; students are empowered to make decisions. Observing the electronics classroom of Gary Wimer, students had built robots and were working on programming them. A visit to culinary arts rounded out the tour of the building where students were making doughnuts for the bakery. What wonderful learning opportunities are available for students and adult learners in the community.
The group moved on to Wooster High School where Wooster EA President Scott Miller and High School Principal Tyler Keaner led the group through the building where they visited the Library, General Grounds student-run coffee shop, classrooms, and blended learning. The day concluded to a visit to Cornerstone Elementary which is housed in the old Wooster High School. President Higgins read to the second grade students in Heather Higgins classroom and ended the day with a meet and greet after school. ECOEA was very happy to have President Higgins visit our Wayne county members in their classrooms.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
ECOEA LEADER OF DISTINCTION RECIPIENTS
Receiving the highest member ECOEA award were members Angela Stewart, Newcomerstown TA and Ed Sims, Rittman EA. They were recognized for their valuable contributions to our membership and the organization during the ECOEA Fall Representative Assembly. President Tracy Lemus Santos presented a commemorative plaque to each recipient and praised them for their service and commitment to the organization. The Leader of Distinction award is only presented every other year by nomination and vote of the ECOEA Executive Board. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor Angela and Ed!
UNIT SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
At the ECOEA Fall Representative Assembly held on Saturday, November 7, three $500 scholarships for continuing education for members were awarded by lottery drawing of the applicants in each unit. The Unit I winner is Jennifer Holland from the Fairless Education Association. The Unit II winner is Randall Robart from the Rittman Education Association. The Unit III winner is Allison Medley from the North Canton Education Association. Congratulations to these members as they continue their studies to grow in their profession. ECOEA is proud to provide assistance through the Unit Scholarship program.
ECOEA delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly 2015
Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly in Orlando were (Row 1, left to right) Karen Linch, Wooster EA, Angela Stewart, Newcomerstown TA, Row 2 Ramona Moore, Lake Local EA, Llyn Simpson, Malvern EA, Scott Miller, Wooster EA, Cindy Endres, Jackson CPA, Julie Nelson, North Canton EA, Row 3 Val Heban, North Canton EA, Carol Kinsey, OEA-R, Charles Cerniglia, Wooster EA, Dr. Geneva Parker, Canton PEA, Jennifer Milligan, Jackson MEA, Tracy Lemus Santos, Fairless EA, Kristi Cropper, North Canton EA, Anne Bowles, Wooster EA