The 19 Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities Service and Support Administrators (SSAs) have been on strike for a month. Before we get to that, what's an SSA? From the Portage county DD website
Why are such important people in the Portage county community on strike?
- They've been operating without a contract for over 14 months. Their board has refused to negotiate.
- Workloads have dramatically increased - they are currently serving over 700 individuals and families.
- Despite a $20 million surplus and this increased workload, these workers have not received a cost of living raise in TEN years!
The board is unlike a typical school board, in that it is not elected. Instead it is appointed by the County Commissioners and a Probate Judge. We would encourage concerned citizens to contact board members and politely ask them to return to the negotiating table, and work out a fair and respectful contract. They are being ridiculous, and it's hurting their community.
Ralph Kletzien 330-673-3415
Michelle Sahr 330-688-5502
John Gargan, Jr. 330-673-1939
Cheri Michael 330-325-9385
Timothy Moran 330-678-6483
Kelly Butler 234-380-1873
Carol J. Fruscella 330-626-4043
Probate Judge Bob Berger: 330-297-3870
Portage County Commissioners:
Vicki Kline (president) 330-297-3606
Sabrina Christian-Bennett (vice-president) 330-297-3605
Maureen Frederick (member) 330-297-3604
If you live in, or near Portage county, there is a vigil at “the rock” at Kent State on Monday November 6th at 5pm. We're certain these dedicated people would love the support.