The NEOEA-Retired Organizing Committee promotes the welfare of retired members of the North Eastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEA) by identifying particular concerns of retired members as topics for training workshops and social opportunities, by serving as a link between northeastern Ohio retired members and those in other districts, and by fostering communication within OEA-Retired. Our goal is to provide you a resource to locate people and resources to assist you and keep you informed. Please consider volunteering to serve on one of our Sub-Committees. We need your input to help the website evolve to better assist you. Submit your comments, questions, or contact updates on our Contact Us page.
NEOEA Summer Leadership Goes All-Inclusive!
Whatever your summer plans, be sure to attend the all-inclusive 2013 NEOEA Summer Leadership Conference on July 24-25! NEOEA’s Summer Leadership Committee has worked tirelessly to make this the best conference ever, and we are excited that this year’s event will be held at the beautiful Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora, Ohio. This is great news because everything will happen under one roof at one reasonable cost.
Centrally located for NEOEA members with promising technological capabilities for all, educators from northeastern Ohio will gather in a relaxed atmosphere for training and networking with other local association leaders and members. On Wednesday evening, join us for 5:00 dinner and then hear the keynote address followed by an evening reception. Join us on Thursday for your choice from 22 classes — everything for veterans to newbies.
Our “All Things Summer Leadership” page has all the details: http://www.neoea.org/SLC. Graduate credit is also available (register at http://www.cvent.com/d/zcqvjp). See you in July at The Bertram Inn and Conference Center! http://www.thebertraminn.com/
Thank you to NEOEA-R member Adele Matias who attends and reports on the SERS Board activities. Here is the latest SERS Report:
Download the SERS BOARD MEETING – APRIL 18, 2013 report.
Members Emergency Meetings to Fight So-Called Right to Work.
So-Called Right to Work isn’t what it seems. It’s wrong for all workers and for the Middle Class. That’s the message headlining urgent member meetings statewide co-sponsored by the Ohio AFL-CIO and our allies in the We Are Ohio coalition. Please join these briefings for activists and leaders throughout Ohio from April 22 to May 22.
This is not a routine request. These are urgent member meetings to head off the So-Called Right to Work amendment and prepare to meet the challenge if the proposal gathers enough signatures by July 3 to make the November 2013 ballot. The meetings include dinner and a one-hour briefing on our strategy and message. To get active on this issue from Day One, check the calendar below and attend a meeting near you.
Don’t let corporate interests fool you with the deceptive misnomer “right to work.” They’re hoping you never realize So-Called Right to Work means less freedom for workers, not more. So-Called Right to Work also threatens the safety of our working conditions by stifling workers’ freedom to point out potential safety issues on the job. Once again, greedy people are trying to tip the balance even more in their favor at the expense of the middle class and Ohio’s working families. We need to Protect Ohio Workers’ Rights. Check the calendar for a meeting near you.
- CLEVELAND - Monday, April 22, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- TOLEDO - Tuesday, April 23, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- YOUNGSTOWN/NILES - Wednesday, April 24, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- MANSFIELD - Monday, April 29, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- DAYTON - Tuesday, April 30, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- MARION/CALEDONIA - Wednesday, May 1, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- SANDUSKY - Thursday, May 2, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- LORAIN - Monday, May 6, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- STEUBENVILLE/MARTINS FERRY - Wednesday, May 8, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- PORTSMOUTH - Thursday, May 9, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- CANTON - Monday, May 13, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- MARIETTA - Tuesday, May 14, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- CINCINNATI - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- COLUMBUS - Thursday, May 16, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- LIMA - Monday, May 20, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- DEFIANCE - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
- AKRON - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
Join us to learn more about how all of us can protect working and middle class families. Hear your labor leaders and fellow members discuss the truth about the unsafe, unfair, so-called “right to work” laws.
Dinner will be provided from 5:30 pm – 6 pm.
Meeting begins promptly at 6 pm and runs until 7 pm.
RSVP at the We Are Ohio Facebook Events page
Or you can RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling Beverly Martin at 614-227-3104.
Strongsville EA on Strike
As of March 4, the Strongsville Education Association is on strike. We know that many NEOEA members and their families will want to do whatever they can to help Strongsville teachers in this difficult time.
The best sources for strike news and information about SEA strike activities is the Strongsville EA Facebook page and website.
- The Strongsville EA website is http://strongsvilleeducationassociation.weebly.com.
- The Strongsville EA Facebook page is available at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Strongsville-Education-Association/168863573163707?fref=ts%3C/.
Your continued help and support is critical and still needed.
- Contact local SEA crisis coordinator Sarah Silvestri at firstname.lastname@example.org with notes of encouragement.
- Stop by Strike Headquarters at the IUPAT Union Hall/Painter and Tapers Union 505 Hall, 8257 Dow Circle, Strongsville, OH 44136.
- Join members on the picket line at any of the buildings throughout the district.
- Follow SEA on FaceBook at: http://on.fb.me/Xdsd64 and express your support.
- Send donations to the Strongsville Education Association c/o the OEA Middleburg Heights UniServ Office 7530 Lucerne Drive, Suite 100 Middleburg Heights, OH 44130.
- Finally, encourage your family and/or friends who live in Strongsville to join SEA in letters and phone calls to the members of the Strongsville Board of Education to urge them to end the strike and bargain a fair contract:
Please support efforts to protect the collective bargaining rights of educators and all workers.
The Ohio Education Association has endorsed Jim McGreevy and Bob Stein for re-election to the STRS Board for the seats representing retired teachers. The election for these Board seats began in April. All ballots need to be returned by May 6th. STRS Retirees can cast their votes online, by phone or by mail. View OEA review of the candidates.
Additionally, OEA endorsed Carol Correthers for re-election to the Board representing active teachers. Because she was unopposed, no election will be held for the active teacher seat this year.
The 2013 NEA Representative Assembly will be held in Atlanta GA on July 1 – July 6.
The OEA-R delegates to the 2013 NEA RA are (in order of votes): John Hoyes (by virtue of office), Donald L. Traxler, William A. Dorsey, Bill Sears, Carol Kinsey, Christina Wall Swank, Homer O. Adams, and Marilyn Allen.
The OEA-R alternates to the 2012 NEA RA are (in order of votes): Deloris Rome Hudson, Phil A. Long, Nancy Wonson, Marsh Buckley, Joan Klein, Judy Ritchey Novak, Willie A. Terrell, Jr., Beryl M. Burkle, Pat Wagar, Donna Smoot-Walters, Adele Matias, Jane A. Rahn, Peg Ham, Sandy Coe, Sue Christian, Clarice F. Thomas, Kathleen Purdy, Gail Gentile, Susie Crawford, and Arnette G.P. Collins.
The OEA-Retired Ballots were counted on Monday, April 8, 2013.
Congratulations to NEOEA-R members re-elected to the OEA-Retired Advisory Council:
Beryl M. Burkle - NEOEA Representative on OEA-Retired Advisory Council – three year term 9-1-2013 – 8-31-2016
Adele M. Matias – ESP Representative on OEA-Retired Advisory Council – three year term 9-1-2013 – 8-31-2016
“It Takes the NEOEA Community” is a small sample of activities the NEOEA Community engaged in to celebrate and promote reading for our future generation. The Read Across America Retired project is on YouTube at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POlLQYFKpxQ‘ or you can search YouTube using “neoea”.
The movie was created by the NEOEA Retired Organization Committee as our continuing commitment to reading and education for the OEA.