Call to Action on Behalf of Striking Portage County SSAs

  • PCEADD Unit B, the OEA local union comprised of 19 Service and Support Administrators for Portage County’s Board of the Developmentally Disabled, has been on strike since October 4.
  • Despite many challenges and the Board’s refusal so far to consider moving off of their September 11 “last, best, and final” offer, Portage SSAs have stayed strong and unified and have refused to cave.
  • Portage SSAs need a large show of unity and support as their bargaining team, mediator, and the Board’s bargaining team reconvene for the first time in over two months.
  • Details are as follow:
When: 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22
Where: In front of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services Independence Office – 6161 Oak Tree Boulevard in Independence, OH
Why: To provide a visual demonstration of union and community
support for striking sisters and brothers and their bargaining team
and
To pressure the Board to stay until they have reached a fair
resolution with Portage SSAs
Dress warm, bring help, and be prepared to help
Portage SSAs get the settlement they deserve!
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Sherrod Brown and Kathleen Clyde Support the SSAs!

Click to download letter to Board President, Ralph Kletzien…

Congressman, Tim Ryan’s, Press Release 11/3/17

Congressman Tim Ryan Urges Management and Staff of Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities to Return to the Bargaining Table

Ravenna, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan today urged the Portage Country Board of Developmental Disabilities to return to the bargaining table with the Ohio Education Association. Since October 4, 2017, the Service and Support Administrators (SSAs) have been on strike, expressing sincere hope that the Board will return to the bargaining table to negotiate in good faith. While negotiations are difficult, they can, and should whenever possible, be conducted within a normal working environment.
Ryan sent the following letter today to the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

November 3, 2017
Mr. Ralph Kletzien
President
Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Dennis M. Coble Administration Building, Board Office
2606 Brady Lake Road
Ravenna, OH 44266-1657

Dear Mr. Kletzien,
I write to offer my support for a quick and fair resolution to the ongoing labor dispute between the Ohio Education Association and the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
The history of American labor movement is largely marked by long periods of relative peace and cooperation. Understandably, the labor disruption is very perplexing and troubling to the workers, their families and constituents in the district. The negotiating process was created to prevent costly and unnecessary disruptions in labor and management relations. It also serves to maintain the fundamental dignity of working people, and provide management with a skilled and stable workforce.
Since October 4, 2017, the Service and Support Administrators (SSAs) have been on strike, expressing sincere hope that the Board will return to the bargaining table. While negotiations are difficult, they can, and should whenever possible, be conducted within a normal working environment. I understand that the community, specifically those served by Portage County Board of DD, are concerned about the current strike. Many of the clients and the SSAs have developed long-standing relationships and the strike has brought about undue stress and concern.
It is my understanding that the SSAs want to return to work without delay – to serve the people they have dedicated their careers advocating for. Workers above all want to be treated with dignity and respect – collective bargaining provides an avenue to reach a fair and equitable contract on both sides. I am hopeful that you and your negotiating team will return to the good faith bargaining process. Concerted and continuing efforts to reach an agreement will benefit the workers, the Board, and the community you serve.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely,
Tim Ryan

 

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More MISINFORMATION from Portage DD

What’s In The News??

http://www.record-courier.com/news/20171018/messy-dd-board-strike-causes-concerns-for-parents

See Public Reports that were requested!

See the public reports for Attorney Ron Habowski and Huffmaster’s services that were requested for your review.  They have their own page…

Unfair Labor Practice is filed against Portage DD with the State Employment Relations Board on 10/13/17.

The SSAs have filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge with the State Employment Relations Board.

Please sign the “Petition for SSAs to return back to work”

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