Portage County EADD Unit B Needs Your Help!
*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 / 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!
Flyer — Nov. 22 Call to Action on Behalf of Striking Portage County SSAs
Who We Are: We are a 20 member unit of Service and Support Administrators (SSA’s) for the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities. We provide coordination and authorization of services that ensure the health and welfare of citizens with developmental disabilities in the county. We serve nearly 700 citizens, and many of their families, county-wide.
Why We’re Taking a Stand: The SSA’s have not had a cost of living increase in pay for 10 years. We have attempted to work with the DD Board for over a year to negotiate a fair and reasonable contract to no avail. Instead, the Board demands that we accept another 3 years with no increases, despite steeply rising employee health care costs and increasing workloads. The Board is currently operating with over a $20 million budget surplus, and the Board has told us, “We have plenty of money, just not for you.”
Where You Can Find Us: Visit and Like “Support Our Portage SSAs” on Facebook. Visit Portage County Educators Association for the Developmentally Disabled – Unit B’s homepage at http://pceadd-b.ohea.us/.
Where We’re Taking a Stand: We are picketing the Administrative Center of the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 2606 Brady Lake Rd. in Ravenna, and Happy Day School, 2500 Brady Lake Rd. in Ravenna, every day Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Parking is available across Brady Lake Road from the two picket sites, directly in between the Happy Day School and the Administrative Center. You’ll see two large tanks, one that is green, as you pull onto the property.
What Else You Can Do to Help: Send donations and letters of support to:
PCEADD – Unit B Strike Headquarters
P.O. Box 7
Kent, OH 44240
Please make checks payable to “PCEADD”
Contact the Portage Co Board of DD and demand that they bargain in Good Faith so we can get the Fair Contract we deserve.
Download the Portage SSA Flyers with Board emails and phone numbers.
Follow on Facebook – search for “Support our Portage SSAs”
View the video: http://pceadd-b.ohea.us/
Together We Can Do It! Union Strong!