schoolbusTo: EVSC Bus Drivers
From: David Smith, Superintendent

RE: Last night’s School Board Meeting

We thought it was important to send a letter today, to re-cap important information from last night’s School Board meeting.

For many years the board has operated under the assumption that a majority of its employees within certain groups want to be represented by the Teamsters. Since the labor agreements expired, the board has heard from many of you that has led them to be uncertain as to whether or not a majority of employees in the EVSC secretary and bus driver groups wish to be represented. At its meeting last night, the board unanimously called for a vote to take place — allowing your voice to be heard.

The simple Yes/No vote will be taken on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 5:30-7:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and 3:30-6 p.m., EVSC Boardroom and Thursday, Aug. 28, 5:30-7:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and 3:30-6 p.m., EVSC Boardroom.

The vote will be by secret ballot — an employee’s name will not be placed on the ballot. All that will be needed to sign in and vote, will be a photo ID. Ballot boxes will be secured, not opened, and not counted until the end of the balloting on Thursday evening.

The school board believes that a simple majority – 51% — of the members of the affected employee groups must vote “Yes” in favor of Teamster representation, before ALL members are potentially required to pay dues or representation fees.

Regardless of the outcome of the vote, the EVSC will continue to value its employees, and all current wages, benefits, and working conditions will continue. The board’s goal is to continue to be the employer of choice.
We have received numerous calls already this morning from employees, saying that they have been told by the Teamsters, that without Union representation, the EVSC will begin taking benefits away. This is simply not true. If you have questions or concerns about this, please call me at ext. 10915.

Finally, the EVSC does not tolerate harassment in any form – whether it is with students or employees. If an employee feels threatened or harassed, he/she should talk with Marsha Williams, in the Office of Human Resources, ext. 18508.

You tube video: Please click here to view to see Dr. Smith comments concerning upcoming Union vote.

Straight to You  August 26, 2014: http://youtu.be/Jvif_qGaCAQ



  1. Sad Face :o( Reply

    August 26, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    It’s convenient that Dr. Smith left out the fact that if you fail to show up and vote that you’re an automatic NO to the union. How can they assume that if someone can’t make it down tthat they’re against the union?!?! And to only give them one day’s worth of notice??? Shame on them. Shame on the board for voting unanimously on this. :o(

    • disaffected Reply

      August 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

      I don’t believe the union members are so stupid to not understand 51% of the membership must vote “yes” to retain a closed shop. And why do you think the union members can make it to work every day, yet may have difficulty voting over a 2 day period?

      I find you’re post insulting to my union brothers and sisters.

      • Pogo Reply

        August 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm


        Please go to the library and check out a book on Labor Relations.

        You will find that there are three types of labor-management relationships. They are an open shop, a union shop, and a closed shop.

        Courts have rules that part of the former requirements for a union shop are illegal. That is right, you can no longer be required to join, but you can be required to pay a certain portion of what would be considered dues.

        Your lack of understanding fits right in with what I was once told by Charles Whobrey, Chuck’s father. He told me that I could not be a good union member because I had too much education. At that time I had two years of college.

        • disaffected Reply

          August 28, 2014 at 8:43 am

          You obviously don’t know what a closed shop is now, do you?

    • Armstrongres Reply

      August 27, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Funny how that 51% of the members, has to vote yes.
      Correct way is that 51% of the ones that “voted”
      have to vote yes. Big difference!

      Recent mayors race was won with the 51%+ majority.
      But in reality he had only 13% of “all voters”!

  2. elkaybee Reply

    August 26, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    This is disgusting and possibly illegal. I do hope the Teamsters have their lawyers all over this.
    If this isn’t proof we need a new school board, I don’t know what is.

    • Heisenburg Reply

      August 27, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Why would you say such a thing? These people have a right to live their lives as they see fit and if a majority vote one way, who are you to question their decision? If you don’t have a direct interest your opinion means nothing- same as mine.
      Wishing another lawsuit on the citizens of Evansville. You really are pandering for something.
      SOOO tired of seeing her reply to EVERYTHING as if her opinion must be heard on every subject!

      • elkaybee Reply

        August 27, 2014 at 10:49 am

        No, I have no “direct interest” except that of someone who has a better life because I spent 20 years of my working life as a union member.
        Here’s a suggestion for you: Don’t read my comments. See how simple it is to fix?

    • Givemeabreak Reply

      August 27, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Showing your colors: SBR for mayor and union supporter. Hmmm a pattern forms. Let those affected vote and choose.

      • elkaybee Reply

        August 27, 2014 at 1:23 pm

        “Let those affected vote and choose.”

        That’s how it works, so do you have a point or did you just want to make a feeble attempt at a personal insult?

    • Animal Reply

      August 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

      As Corporate Operations and Politics get closer, expect to see more of this. I’ve left more than one job due to ethical reasons, and ultimately, The polite intimidation of a Corporate office, and the mentality that asks ‘Can we get away with this?”, instead of “Is this right?” led me to go to work for myself.

      Of course, no one should be surprised that politicians are acting the same way. We’ve accepted the erosion of integrity for the sake of profits in the business world, why not in public office.

  3. oscar Reply

    August 27, 2014 at 8:23 am

    This is union busting at its worst. Dr. Smith has sent letters to the secretaries and to the bus drivers. He also put out a video that is absolutely unbelievable. He talks about harassment when that is what he is doing to his employees. Smith is acting like the employees are scared of the union when in fact it is the other way around. They are fearful of their jobs. He says that they won’t lose benefits and everyone knows that is why there is a union in the first place.

    The school board needs to be replaced. It was apparent that they had no idea what they voted on. It was trumped up in their executive session.

    Someone needs to find out if they can vote and have public comments after the fact. That is stupid. Kifer also said that the board meetings were not question and answer sessions. Interesting because the lady that spoke about the bus situation was answered by Duckworth.

    • elkaybee Reply

      August 27, 2014 at 8:43 am

      “The school board needs to be replaced.”

      That’s the bottom line, pure and simple. I think most of the community wants better-paying jobs, but the school board apparently wants THEIR workers to work for “peanuts.”

      • Bandana Reply

        August 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

        The Smith letter seems like the type of thing the NLRB would want to have a look at. It appears to be proscribed interference on its face. These folks can’t play fair.

        • elkaybee Reply

          August 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm

          Yes, I think so, too. The EVSC made an offer which the Teamsters refused, which then allowed the contract to “expire”. That is the loophole Dr. Smith is trying to drive the bus through. In reality, they were offering no real options to the union members. It was “take what we have to offer or we’re going to decide you don’t legally exist.” I expect that EVSC will try every dirty trick in the book to accomplish the destruction of collective bargaining rights, and the NLRB should be overseeing this vote.
          I’m pretty sure the law requires more member notification than this, and would also require NLRB oversight. If Smith pulls this off tomorrow, he’s going to be bringing some serious legal costs down on his budget, regardless of the outcome of the vote. I wonder if the School Board even sought legal counsel on this, because it doesn’t pass the “smell test.”

    • Frugal Reply

      August 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Perhaps the next ballot should be by all registered voters countywide, announced on Saturday, with the poll only open in the EVSC Boardroom from 5:30-7:30am, 11am-1pm, and 3:30-6pm on Monday and Tuesday.
      The question on the ballot would be:
      Should the employment of the current School Board and EVSC Superintendent be continued beyond August 31, 2015?
      The voting rules would be the same: An affirmative vote by more than 50% of all registered voters in the county is necessary to retain the Superintendent and all Board members. Any ballot not cast counts as a “No” vote.
      After all, fair’s fair. Salary and benefit costs thus saved could be spent on educating our students. I have no doubt that the union could organize this election quickly, with the ballots counted by equal numbers of union representatives and EVSC administrative staff.

      • Frugal Reply

        August 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm

        Oops–make that date on the ballot August 31, 2014!

  4. Armstrongres Reply

    August 27, 2014 at 8:33 am

    If EVSC claims they will not take anything away if the members vote the teamsters out, then why in the he** do they even concern themselves on this?
    I call “BS” on their intent!

    Does the EVSC new “office castle” have them that far “distance” from the “common” workers?

    • Teacher Reply

      August 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      The short answer to your question is YES.

  5. Beck Reply

    August 27, 2014 at 8:42 am

    The Bus Drivers are not stupid and already voted this in by an overwhelming 2/3 majority. There is no need for a second vote. This is clearly union busting. There has never been a closed shop! Drivers choose to be in the Union or to pay a smaller representation fee. No one is forced to join! I was a driver for 35 years and we only needed to unionize 10 years ago because of mistreatment and cuts made to the bottom tear of the corporation and never to the upper areas!Dr. Smith and the School Board may be surprised by the monster they are creating! They don’t want the 5 group of teamsters to come together as we have and are just trying to divide and conquer! Its not going to work!

  6. Beck Reply

    August 27, 2014 at 8:49 am

    This was on the Teamster Facebook page from a Custodian: “I had a secretary come up to me a few minutes ago and tell me that since she is retiring Friday they would not allow her to vote. I think this is bullshit she is still an employee ,she is a union member ,and her dues are paid up !!! A bet when the ballots are tallied she’s counted as a no-show and no vote!!!!! Boy do I smell a rat!!”

  7. Jon Vendi Reply

    August 27, 2014 at 8:57 am

    A recent help wanted ad I noticed advertised air controller jobs at $8 to $11 an hour. So maybe it might not be such a bad thing if we break the union.

    • Union Truth Watch Reply

      August 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

      The website for the Bureau of Labor states that the median salary for air traffic controllers in 2012 was $122,530 and that the educational requirement is an associate degree. That works out to just over $58 per hour. Just keeping it real dude. Ignorant claims like yours that air traffic controllers have slid down to $8 an hour since President Reagan busted that union catch fire among the mouth breathers. Show me a union job with only two years of training that pays $58 an hour.

      • howler Reply

        August 27, 2014 at 10:14 am

        Oh, come on, Union Truth–don’t be a spoilsport by injecting actual facts into this.

      • Armstrongres Reply

        August 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

        Some of the construction trades that the members have to work on Sundays or National holidays could come close to. (This would include their benefits.)

    • Regulator Reply

      August 27, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Yep that’s what I want, a burger flipper controlling my next flight to Atlanta.

      All Aboard…..

    • Regulator Reply

      August 27, 2014 at 10:23 am

  8. gallagher Reply

    August 27, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Editor…please correct your headline…SURPRIZED

  9. elkaybee Reply

    August 27, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Doesn’t the would-be Union Buster, David Smith’s, wife also work for the EVSC? I’ve heard she is an administrator of some sort, but don’t know for sure. If she is, she’s probably in the six-figure category, too.
    I wonder what the EVSC’s Nepotism Policy reads like.

  10. Brandon M Reply

    August 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    All I see in here is a bunch of scared, whiny, liberal, union supporters, that are crying that they may lose some of their hold on the citizens of Evansville.

    What are all of you so scared about? If the members really want you rotten unions stealing their hard earned money (as dues of course), they will vote the union back in. The money is used to line the pockets of the union leaders who then use it to buy votes from the politicians.

    You all have your panties in a wad, because you know unions are not the end all, be all it once was. It has ruined the automobile industry and is wrecking many other forms of labor in the country. It is the decision of the majority for the folks who work under its current domain. Not yours LKB, not any of you other union members. Theirs alone.

    Now lets hear all the comments about how unions protect its members, and make the worksites safe etc….We have laws in the country that take care of all this now. Unions are outdated and not effective for anything other than pushing up labor costs for those that don’t deserve to be paid more than minimum for their non skills

    Time for all the insults and lies to start up again.

    Taken down by Editor because this section of the post was extremely insulting and libelous.

    • elkaybee Reply

      August 27, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      First, defaulting on a loan is NOT “stealing”. Second, your comment is not only libelous, it proves you to not be very bright. It’s not like I made any sort of “profit” on a house that was lost, so how would that make my life better in any way, genius?

      • 1countryboy Reply

        August 27, 2014 at 2:04 pm

        She who lives in a glass house should really think twice about throwing rocks LKB.
        Specially about bankruptcy.

        There are posts and actions from you that I admire but lady you have a pitiful side that’s hard to get past.

        • elkaybee Reply

          August 27, 2014 at 2:23 pm

          You know, I didn’t cast a single stone at Lt. Byram over his bankruptcy, now did I?
          I found other behaviors from him to be objectionable, and posted about them.

  11. jbyrd Reply

    August 27, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    This is how it’s supposed to work
    I think the Superintendent is asking for trouble, definitely an NLRB action by the Teamsters that will eat up quite a bit of his legal budget for years to come. It’s time to vote them all out.

    Disclaimer: I am a union member Democrat who supports SBR. and elkaybee.

    • Armstrongres Reply

      August 27, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Dose not appear that any of the required steps were followed!!!!!!! Good find jbird !!!

  12. Whitedog Reply

    August 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Can someone post the names of all the incumbent school board members. Judgement day will come in November.

    • Arthur Reply

      August 28, 2014 at 10:27 am

      The incumbent School Board members are:

      District 1 Chris Kiefer
      District 2 Mike Duckworth and Andy Guarino
      At Large Patty Swanson

      School Board candidates are elected the same way County Commissioners are. They must reside in a certain district, but the entire county votes in all of the races.

  13. Silverdome30 Reply

    September 2, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    all you posters are right , its time to get rid of Smith and replace the school board. Andy Guarino is the only one on the board that deserves another term. He has tried to make some changes but one member cannot do it alone. Duckworth,Swanson and Kiefer need to go.

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