The Mason Education Association Babysitters Demand More Money: Threatening to strike while already off work–only in public education

Make no mistake about it; the Mason Education Association is after money and nothing else in their threats to strike.  Their public relations stunt against a district trying to at least look like they are trying to manage their budget is purely to get under the skin of the superintendent during an intense negotiation over their upcoming contract which is the usual tricks of thuggish enterprise shown by labor unions.  The teachers are after pay increases when reality states that they are already overpaid, and want benefits that are unrealistically good provided by the Mason taxpayer to essentially be babysitters for children the parents are too busy for.  The MEA hopes that the multiple scandals at Mason are over, the sex parties with the teachers that brought national focus to the affluent Ohio community and were dramatically embarrassing, have subsided.  The MEA after three years of trying finally has the media back on their leash including Scott Sloan at 700 WLW who used to be a critic—but has now through his real estate selling wife been effectively muzzled.  So the Mason teacher’s union is making their move to strike—so to impose on tax payers their radicalized demands—and it looks like the school board is about to collapse under the pressure.

MASON, Ohio —Mason Schools’ teachers will be meeting with their union discussing their contract. The teachers have been negotiating with the school district since April over more pay and better benefits.

“Up to this point, our focus has been exclusively on the children we teach every day. However, now that the school year has concluded, Mason teachers believe the community must know: we are greatly troubled by the direction that Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline is taking the district,” Mason Education Association President Karrie Strickland said  in a news release

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To properly understand how education labor unions think in these Mason type cases the movie Won’t Back Down should be watched.  In that film released in 2012 and currently shown on HBO features the “parent trigger” law which is a legal maneuver through which parents can change the administration of a poorly performing public school into essentially a charter school. The film shows how things work in public education on both sides of the argument—it explores the teacher union point of view fairly, and the parents.  However, in Mason, there will never be such an invocation of the law, because the vast majority of the parents at affluent schools like Mason, and its neighbor Lakota expect a babysitting service that takes the pressure of instruction away from them.  So the teachers at Mason and Lakota don’t have to worry about parents leaning over them to demand better teaching because the parents really aren’t engaged in their children—for the most part—and won’t be attempting any recitation of the “parent trigger” law.

Recently, the other school mentioned, Lakota managed to pass a tax increase and immediately threw that money at their teachers just a few months later—as I predicted they would.  I presented charts showing the exact behavior of the Lakota teachers, and everything happened on time.  Lakota had managed to win over enough support from the opposition through a “niceness” campaign to put them over the top during a 2013 election.  They had to counter my comments about them being thugs, fat assed despots, and diabolical menaces with a public relations campaign promoting them in the opposite way.  Through their maneuvers and help from a patsy media, they put people back to sleep and kept the opposition at bay just enough to pass a levy and throw that money at the teachers to keep them appeased for a few more years.

Over in Mason, they had the added complication of the Stacy Schuler sex case and several other district embarrassments which made national news, so the MEA stayed low and avoided asking for more tax increases until enough time had passed.  After watching the results of the May primary elections where a majority of Ohio school levies passed due to record low turnout—the MEA figures it’s time to make their move for more money—and are now returning to the old radicalized tactics of work stoppage which is mostly theatrical due to the fact that it is currently summer—and the teachers are out of school anyway—and the parents are not thinking about Mason schools—but summer vacation plans.  Mason parents won’t become engaged again in Mason schools until August, so this is plenty of time for the Mason teachers to stage an attack against the tax payers.

But on the opposition front, Sharon Poe and her anti-tax activists still have a very strong resistance—and they attend the school board meetings—which is nearly an equivalent threat to the school board as the labor union.  Sharon has stayed plugged into the happenings with the administration for many years now and is as close to an immovable spot as there is.  But it won’t matter in the end.  The administration will cave under the union pressure—they will give their employees the raises they are demanding and will be forced to go to voters with another levy against property values.  The Mason school board won’t allow school to resume in August without teachers there teaching—and they don’t have the legal ability—or will to fire the striking teachers and replace them with new ones.  The teachers know it, and are taking advantage.  So the result is a radicalized class of imbeciles’ baby sitting children for busy parents who want more money with an outrageously high benefits package sitting around off work anyway watching daytime television and threatening not to work during the upcoming fall.

As usual, the antics of the MEA display what a scam public education is, and how stacked against the tax payers it really is.  Ohio tax payers don’t stand a chance against such forces because politicians, administrators, and parents for the most part do not have the stomach to deal with the thugs on the true ground of their positions.  The teachers only want money for a babysitting service no different from a teenage girl who wants more on the hour to watch the kids of parents who just want to go out for the evening.  For the baby sitter, she won’t work any harder with the raise, but will spend her time playing on Facebook and talking to her boyfriend—same as she would if she were paid at the lower dollar amount.  The parents however want to believe they are hiring professionals to teach their children—so they will accept the illusion and either not vote one way or the other, or they’ll grudgingly support a future tax on their homes hoping that they too will get a raise down the road to pay for the tax increase.  After all, it costs less to pay the tax than to hire professional baby sitters to watch their kids as they work to build their careers.  This leaves the Mason school board with no support and surrounded by radicalized anger they are not equipped to handle—and in the end, they will back down and give the union everything they are demanding.  And my friend Sharon Poe will find herself fighting another school levy.  Then, once the teachers get their money, the sex scandals and similar bad behavior will resume—because it has been killing them to be on such good behavior.  For the teachers—it is now or never—because it’s only a matter of time before another member of their incompetent ranks screws up again returning public opinion against them once more.

Rich Hoffman