Since April 16th, the duly elected WCEA officers and Board of Directors have been bombarded with phone calls and messages from members about the recall petition. Many have stated they were misled in regards to the meaning of the petition, were “bullied” into signing, and were unaware there were actually two petitions circulating with two separate meanings. Many individuals were led to believe they were signing a petition against disaffiliation, not a petition to oust the current WCEA leadership. In addition, these petitions hardly contained 700 valid signatures as many of the signatures came from non-members and some individuals signed the same petition multiple times.
This petition, which has not been authenticated, was used by these so called “Interim Managers” under the direction of MSEA, to enter the WCEA office after hours. They changed the locks, disabled the alarm system, impersonated a WCEA officer in an attempt to cancel insurance policies, changed approved signatures on bank accounts, changed logins and passwords on computers, and illegally fired the WCEA Office Manager. ALL OF THIS WAS DONE WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND APPROVAL! Despite these attempts, the Wicomico County Board of Education continues to recognize the elected WCEA Officers and Board of Director members, NOT the “Interim Managers”!
Over the past few weeks, MSEA has used scare tactics in its efforts to stop WCEA members from having a choice. Under the auspices of MSEA, a group of MSEA supporters visited schools and misinformed school staff about what disaffiliation would mean for members, all the while discrediting the current WCEA leadership, whose only goal has been to provide members with a choice. WCEA leadership has consistently stated WCEA would honor the outcome of the vote which would reflect the wishes of the membership. It is outrageous and appalling that these “Interim Managers”, as well as MSEA, would go to such lengths to prevent the membership from having their voice heard. Obviously MSEA is afraid of a WCEA all member vote….which will take place.
I’ll have much, much more on this story – including an account of the seizing of the WCEA headquarters building – as the details are streaming in. And just for reference, remember this little newspaper ad from Hawaii…