OEA Applauds Ohio Supreme Court Decision on informational picketing ruling
COLUMBUS — October 23, 2013 — The Ohio Education Association (OEA) applauds the Ohio Supreme Court on its 7-0 decision earlier today. The Court held that the Mahoning Education Association of Developmental Disabilities (MEADD) did not have to provide the Mahoning County Developmental Disabilities Board with notice before conducting an informational picket related to contract negotiations. “Our commitment to Ohio education employees is the compelling reason for our action,” said OEA President Becky Higgins. “The protection of members’ rights is of the utmost importance to OEA.”
The case arose after the Developmental Disabilities Board filed charges with the state claiming MEADD had violated the law by picketing without giving 10 days advanced notice. The Ohio Supreme Court unanimously held that the notice requirement does not apply to informational picketing such as MEADD had conducted. The decision means that public sector unions across Ohio no longer have to provide employers or the state with notice before holding an informational picket. Green Haines Sgambati Co., L.P.A. represented MEADD, an affiliate of the Ohio Education Association, in this matter.
The Ohio Education Association (ohea.org) represents 121,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals in Ohio's public schools, colleges and universities.
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