The OEA Board of Directors has endorsed three candidates for the STRS Board. Robert McFee and Jeffrey Rhodes are seeking re-election to the STRS Board as representatives of active members. Rita Walters is seeking re-election to the Board as a retiree representative. As Board members, each of OEA’s endorsed candidates have been dedicated to improving the funding status of the pension plan to make pension benefits more secure for all members. Over the past four years, funding has improved substantially for both the pension and the STRS healthcare plan. The STRS Board is now in a place to act on resumption of the cost-of-living allowance for retirees coupled with improvements for active teachers.
In early April, ballots will be sent to all STRS members. Active employees, those currently paying into STRS are eligible to vote in the election for the active member seat. STRS retirees, are eligible to vote in the election for the retiree seats. Below is information on OEA’s endorsed candidates.
We are asking for your help gathering signatures on nominating petitions to qualify OEA’s endorsed candidates for the ballot.
Robert McFee and Jeffrey Rhodes (active seats)
OEA’s endorses candidates for the STRS Board are proven leaders who are looking out for the best interests of their fellow educators. Robert McFee is a math teacher in the Willoughby Eastlake City Schools. Jeffrey Rhodes is an Industrial Education teacher in North Royalton City Schools. Both have served on the Board since 2018. During this time, the funding status of STRS has improved significantly. Both are absolutely dedicated to improving benefits for active and retired teachers while ensuring that the pension plan is sustainable into the future. Click here to download a handout on Robert and Jeffrey.
Rita Walters (retiree seat)
Rita Walters retired with 35 years of experience as a classroom teacher with Switzerland of Ohio Schools. As an active teacher she also served as president of her local association and on the OEA Board of Directors for 12 years. Walters was elected to the STRS Board in 2017. During Rita’s time on the Board, the funding of both the pension plan and the STRS health care plan have improved significantly. She is absolutely dedicated to improving benefits while ensuring the long-term solvency of the pension plan. Click here to download a handout flier on Rita.