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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. Also see the the OEA-R page on the OEA Website and the NEA-R page on the NEA website. Join our NEOEA Facebook group.

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.  NEOEA-OEA-Retired members may use the Contact Us page to update their contact information or request Spring Conference information.  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.

OEA-R Guidelines

On May 6, 2021, the OEA Retired Delegate Assembly will consider amendments to the OEA-R Guidelines to add a recall provision for officers and members of the Advisory Council and to establish a three-year term for appointed, non-voting, positions on the Advisory Council, e.g. Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, SERS Observer, and STRS Observer.

Download the Proposed Guideline Amendments May 6 2021

Download the current 340.040 – Guidelines for OEA-R – revised 12-6-19

 

Ohio NEA-R Delegate and OEA-R Advisory Election Results

The 2021 NEA Representative Assembly will be held in Dallas, TX, July 3-6, 2021.

The Ohio NEA-R delegation consists of eight delegate seats; the Chair is a delegate by virtue of office. There were a total of 928 votes cast (63 by paper ballot.)

2021 NEA RETIRED DELEGATES (by votes):  Mary Binegar, By Virtue of Office;  William A. Dorsey, 467;  Carol Kinsey, 385;  Kathleen Purdy, 272;  Phil A. Long, 265;  Becky Mayer, 265;  Becky Brown, 261;  Deloris Rome Hudson, 255.

NEA RETIRED ALTERNATES:  Willie A. Terrell Jr., 251;  Judy Buschle, 246;  Jeff Corbin, 234;  Christina Wall Swank, 233;  Marti Franks, 228;  Peg Ham, 210;  Donna Smoot Walters, 199;  Barry Alcock, 168;  Steven Mitchell, 165;  Tom Moscovic, 152;  Jene Wilson, 145;  Chuck Steinbower, 140;  Lori Moodie, 125;  Wil Vickery, 121;  Diallas York, 102;  Ronald Davis, 85.

OEA-R Advisory Council (Elected by Acclamation)

  • ADVISORY COUNCIL
  • Chair – Mary Binegar, Central
  • Vice Chair – Phil Long, WOEA
  • Secretary – Judy Buschle, SWOEA
  • Eastern Representative – Rita J. Walters
  • North Central Representative – Judy (Ritchey) Novak
  • North Western Representative – Lisa Marshall-Scott

 

  • District       Votes    Electorate   Turnout %
  • CAPITAL        56           282         19.86
  • CENTRAL    115          1191          9.66
  • ECOEA          71           584         12.16
  • EOEA            43           354         12.15
  • NCOEA         31           354           8.76
  • NEOEA       295         2493         11.83
  • NWOEA        75           700         10.71
  • SEOEA         45           435         10.34
  • SWOEA       104          827         12.58

OEA-RETIRED SPRING 2021 ELECTIONS

You should have received an email from “Ohio Education Association <help@yeselections.com>” and/or an “OFFICIAL ELECTION NOTICE” from OEA-R by US Mail.

The notice contains your Election Code” and “Voting Pin” which you will need to vote at https://vote.election-america.com/oear/ for the NEA RETIRED DELEGATE ballot to elect seven (7) NEA-Retired Delegates to represent Ohio’s retired members at the 2021 NEA Representative Assembly (to be held virtually).

Note: The OEA-Retired Chair serves as an automatic Delegate by virtue of office to the NEA RA for a grand total of eight (8) retired delegates. There are 23 candidates listed on the ballot.  Mark this election for no more than seven (7) candidates. (Only NEA/Unified-Retired members are eligible to vote).

If you would like to request a paper ballot, please contact Yes!Elections at Help+OEAR@yeselections.com or call (855) 306-0501 by March 12th, 2021.  For questions regarding your membership or election guidelines, please contact William Baird at bairdw@ohea.org .

Biographical information on each candidate provided.  Click here to learn more about each delegate (Updated March 2, 2021)

Here are the eight candidates from NEOEA:

  • William A. Dorsey, Columbus, OH
  • Marti Franks, Reminderville, OH
  • Peg Ham, Lorain, OH
  • Steven Mitchell, Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Tom Moscovic, Eastlake, OH
  • Donna Smoot Walters, Copley, OH
  • Jene Wilson, Highland Heights, OH
  • Diallas York, Lorain, OH

For more information and links to the candidate biographical information go to the OEA R page on the OEA website at: https://www.ohea.org/retired/.  At the bottom of the list on the right, click on “OEA-Retired 2021 Election”

It is not necessary to conduct an election for the following OEA-Retired Advisory Council Positions as they were elected by acclamation:

  • Chair – Mary Binegar, Central
  • Vice Chair – Phil Long, WOEA
  • Secretary – Judy Buschle, SWOEA
  • Capital Representative – No Declarations
  • Eastern Representative – Rita J. Walters
  • North Central Representative – Judy (Ritchey) Novak
  • North Western – Lisa Marshall-Scott

 

STRS Retired Elections

We are approaching a crucial STRS election to reelect Rita Walters, and Bob Stein to the STRS Board.  During April, STRS members will be able to vote online or request a paper ballot.

Rita and Bob have been diligent in making sure the STRS funds are secure into the future.  Both Rita Walters and Bob Stein are up for reelection.  Unlike their opponents, both Bob Stein and Rita Walters have extensive training and experience with the issues facing STRS.  Please check their bios at: https://www.bobstein.us/.

The COLA is the big issue in this campaign.  Bob and Rita have protected the stability of STRS and believe that providing a COLA now would jeopardize the stability of the STRS system.  Read their statements below.  Their opponents feel that a COLA should be restored now, unfortunately, they do not have the training or experience to understand that such action now could be disastrous to STRS.

Please read the following statement from Bob Stein —

I first ran for the STRS Ohio board in 2008.  The Global Economic Downturn had severely damaged the system and I believed my experience in business and investments could benefit STRS Ohio and its retirees.  I’ve continued to run for a retiree trustee seat since then because my service has measurably improved the long-term condition of the system as well as increase the probability that STRS Ohio retirees will recover what was lost in the pension reform following The Global Economic Downturn.

I was a board candidate in 2012 and 2016 to provide continuity to pension reform programs and to work to improve the STRS Healthcare Fund.  My thought was that Healthcare inflation is much higher than broad inflation so progress made to slow the rise in healthcare costs would benefit retirees more quickly than if we waited to fix the pension system first.  While the board continued its work on pension issues, it was able to move our healthcare fund from “we have maybe 10 years left” to “the healthcare fund is fully funded for 60 year rolling periods” by adjusting and executing a complex plan over most of the last decade.  I was part of that from the beginning and I am sure we can do it with COLA and supplemental benefits as well.

Before I was elected in the 2008-9 election, I studied several board governance models and enhanced my understanding of institutional investment concepts.  Personal investing, and even economics, are very different from making institutional investment policy.  I’ve continued to update my training using professional publications and professional contacts made at conferences and seminars.

I have earned a Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP) from The International Foundation for Employee Benefit Plans and attended workshops, conferences, investment seminars, and many distance courses related to service as a trustee of the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio.  In my first STRS Ohio Board term I served on the Trustee Education Committee for the National Council for Teacher Retirement.

My ongoing interaction with a global network of public service and pension professionals continues to produce policy and program ideas that benefit STRS Ohio.  It is interesting that trustees of other pension systems, academic researchers, and the occasional international authority often seek the advice of STRS Ohio board members and staff regarding efforts to emulate the success of our policies and practices.  They often ask “why can STRS Ohio make this work but we can’t?”  The answer is high quality professionals executing a proven governance model solely in pursuit of the Mission and Vision of the system.

My daily work involves following developments in the public pension field and other industries using several daily newsfeeds.  I share my comments on the weekly NCPERS newsletter with STRS retirees and members who have requested this by writing to my STRS email address.

Please read the following statement from Rita Walters —

When I ran for a retired seat on the Board the first time I said my goal for being elected to the STRS Ohio Board was to make sure that the fund was secure and that we can maintain the option of affordable healthcare for all future and current STRS retirees.  At this time our healthcare fund is currently funded at 182%.  The Board passed a motion at the October Board of Directors’ Meeting to rebate $250 to each retiree that was enrolled in STRS Healthcare on October 1, 2020.  That money will be in the December 2020 benefit payment.  It is tax free and it is due to a usage level that was below estimates and the rebates STRS received from the government exceeded expectations. 

STRS Ohio just celebrated its first 100 years of existence.  The fund has been paying benefits to Ohio teachers for many, many years.  My goal is to make sure that can continue for the next 100 years.  Our responsibility is to all members of STRS Ohio not just the retirees.  Would I like to have my COLA restored?  You bet your life I would but to ensure that both current retirees and future retirees continue to receive their monthly benefit month after month, year after year, I am willing to forego that for now until we can stabilize the fund.  I realize that is not the position of all retirees.

I know there are people out there saying that we received a COLA when we weren’t as well funded as we are now and that we received a 13th check when the funding level wasn’t what it is now but things are a bit different now.  The STRS Ohio fund is a very mature fund.  STRS Ohio pays out about $4 billion more in benefits annually than it receives in contributions each year.  That is called negative cash flow.  The difference is made up by investment gains.  What happens if investment gains don’t match assumptions?  When investment returns do not meet assumptions, the asset level can drop due to negative cash flow.  The pension fund needs to be able to weather years when market returns don’t meet expectation.  For example 2020 was one such year. 

I know there are people who don’t think the Board even thinks about the restoration of the COLA but they are wrong.  We know that the retirees have been patient.  We want to provide for them some inflation protection even if it isn’t the COLA but that can only be done when it does not materially jeopardize the stability of the system.  I am there for the good of the whole, not just the here and now but for the future of all STRS members.  The stability of the system is paramount.  We have 180,000 Active participants and 157,000 retirees.  At one time we had several actives paying into the system for every retiree.  That is no longer the case, due to the maturity of the system.

NEOEA-R 2021 Spring Conference

OEA-R Spring Conference Sponsored by NEOEA-R  
Save the date MARCH 30 Virtual Conference! You can join us in your PJs from the comfort of your own home. More information to follow! Download Registration Form.
SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 30
Our conference will start at 9:00 a.m. with a few welcoming words and announcements. Then we’ll begin our sessions:

  • Legislative Update by OEA Vice President Jeff Wensing
  • STRS Update by Tamla Cole OR SERS Q&A by Cameron Vaughn
  • NEA Member Benefits by Guy Kendall-Freas
  • Author Talk by three local authors: Casey Daniels / Kylie Logan,  Susan Petrone,  D.M. Pulley

NEOEA Megaconference

NEOEA Megaconference 2021

Saturday, March 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Virtual   
NEOEA invites you to our Megaconference, presented by NEOEA’s Environmental Concerns, ESP Organizing, Leadership Development, Legislative, Minority Organizing, NEOEA-R Organizing, Personal Welfare and Financial Planning, Public Relations, Professional Development, and Social and Human Concerns Committees.
The 2021 Megaconference will be presented virtually and is open to NEOEA members only. Megaconference is free for our members and features twelve simultaneous breakouts in three one-hour time slots. For the latest information about Megaconference, go to https://neoea.org/Mega/.
REGISTRATIONS DUE BY: Friday, February 19, 2021

NEA-Retired Delegate and OEA-Retired Advisory Council Elections

Declaration of Candidacy forms due February 15, 2021 
 
Retired Delegate To The NEA Representative Assembly

If you wish to be a candidate for NEA-Retired delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly, you must file a Declaration of Candidacy form by February 15, 2021. Contact William Baird at OEA (800) 282-1500 or (614) 227-3169 for more information.

OEA-Retired Advisory Council Positions

The following position are up for election this spring: At-Large, Central, East Central, and South East. If interested you must file a Declaration of Candidacy form by February 15, 2020. Contact William Baird at OEA (800) 282-1500 or (614) 227-3169 for more information.