imgresThe City-County Observer takes great pleasure in congratulating Local 215 Teamsters President Charles Whobrey and the EVSC bus drivers and secretaries on their resounding victory last night on their choice to remain “union proud” workers! Mr. Whobrey and his team led a masterful campaign on behalf of the EVSC support staff represented by the Teamsters under very difficult circumstances created by Dr. David Smith and his controlled School Board. It is clear that Dr. Smith dug deep into the bag of union-busting dirty tricks by calling a vote on extremely short notice, and his “rubber stamp” board approved his underhanded tactics unanimously. The vote to retain Teamster representation speaks to the character and determination of our school staff workers, and we commend them on their strength.

The fact that this vote took place is testimony to the fact that we need a new EVSC Board of Trustees. The board members had it in their hands to respect the support staff workers in our schools, and stop Dr. Smith’s call for a vote on whether or not to retain union representation for these vital parts of the EVSC team, but they did what they always do. They gave the Superintendent what he asked for, without one person out of the entire board dissenting. It appears that the every member of the Board believes what member Mike Duckworth said when he referred to working “for” the Superintendent, when in fact, the Superintendent works for the board. The school board works for the voters, not Dr. Smith, and they have to be reminded of that fact this November, with the election of three new members.

We are not advocating change just for the sake of change. We are advocating change for the sake of our children, their teachers, and school support staff. The current Board not only allowed Dr. Smith to deliver a “slap in the face” to these good people, they endorsed it. We believe the Board has become stagnant and is contributing to the failure of several of our Center City schools with its failure to lead. We have the opportunity to take the first steps toward electing new and innovative people to supervise our Superintendent in working toward a more respectful culture in our schools. Dr. Smith should be held accountable for the bad decision he made when making the ill-advised call, but no one on the board can do that, because they approved the bad decision unanimously. By electing people who represent the community as a whole, rather than just people with close ties to school administrators, we can send the message to the EVSC Administrators that we expect more of our schools than what we are now getting. We urge all of readers to vote for positive change for EVSC on November 4. We can’t let the stagnation continue if we want a better future for our City and County.


  1. Armstrongres Reply

    August 29, 2014 at 5:12 am

    As this site wants to pick on the low hanging fruit (school board members), why do you not put the chain saw to that diseased scrub they call school superintendent. Apparently he needs his eyes and ears checked for what he “had thought” he heard and seen that bus drivers and secretaries were unhappy with their union. Could it be that he misunderstood, that the group was actually tired of him?

    • elkaybee Reply

      August 29, 2014 at 7:31 am

      I figure getting rid of the over-priced and under-qualified David Smith is what CCO wants to do, but the School Board is who has to fire him. I think voting out the bunch of toadies who are on the board now, who think they “work for” the superintendent, is the best way to do it.
      Vote out the former school administrators and political hangers-on!!!!

  2. elkaybee Reply

    August 29, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Congratulations to the EVSC employees on standing strong! Schoolyard bullies are bad, but school board bullies are worse.

  3. Riverfront Shem Reply

    August 29, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Can we please see a re-posting of the “Brandon M” video where he is throwing a fit over these two union victories?

  4. Bandana Reply

    August 29, 2014 at 8:43 am

    If we don’t reconstitute the School Board in the upcoming election they will surely bestow a massive gratuitous raise on the failed union buster Smith, rendering him that much more difficult to get rid of. They have a history of doing just that, although Bertram self-left.

    • V Reply

      August 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

      “Bertram self-left”. There’s “Greener pastures” for grazing we’d suppose.

      • Pressanykey Reply

        August 29, 2014 at 7:13 pm

        In 2012 Vince’s package was worth about $400.K

        • Joe Wallace Reply

          August 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm

          Vince and quite a few other movers and shakers, myself included double or triple their compensation by leaving Evansville for markets that are willing to allow them to make big changes for the right reasons.

          • Regulator

            August 29, 2014 at 9:39 pm

            Off topic but I read where four fifths of the WORLDS almond crop is grown in California.

            The water it takes to make that successful is equal to what 75% of the population out there uses in a year.

            I had always heard that water was as important as oil but for some reason it didn’t sink in till lately.

            Seems like you told me awhile back there is one enterprise in your Hub that has a water saving device they are working on.

            Sounds like the water problem out there could fill up an entire Hub to me.

          • editor

            August 29, 2014 at 10:34 pm

            Yes they are. They just raised a large amount of money to expand. Their name is SecoSys. They have a giant waiting list for their devices.

          • Regulator

            August 29, 2014 at 10:43 pm

            You know Wallace, with all the negativity it seems is going on locally, nationally and in the world, it actually makes me feel good to hear what you just told me.

            Thank you sir and goodnite….

  5. pov Reply

    August 29, 2014 at 9:52 am

    It doesn’t matter who the super is or the make up of the board the results will be the same. The local democrat machine continually proves, as in the last mayor election, that they have candidates in their pocket from both parties. Local 215 was a key player in getting the current mayor elected.

    • Armstrongres Reply

      August 29, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      The issue is that the school superintendent lied about all those workers wanting out of the union.
      Results show that it was worst the a butt whopping! This person needs to get back to reality and away from his illusions!

  6. The Ghost of Tom Joad Reply

    August 29, 2014 at 10:29 am

    This is confusing coming from an anti labor blog.

    • V Reply

      August 29, 2014 at 11:19 am

      It is. Must sport something pretty blatant.

      [ bláyt'nt ]

      r/.1.offensively conspicuous: obtrusive and conspicuous in an offensive way, often intentionally
      r/.2.noisy: excessively or offensively noisy

  7. InDOEinsider Reply

    August 29, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    This situation sounds exactly like what occurs at the Warrick County School Corporation.

    No matter what board meeting a person has attended, or would attend, board members Gary Hachmeister, Dorothy Kroeger, Candace Nance, Jim Eifler, Brenda Metzger, and Ben Stilwell have always, and will always vote unanimously on any and all decisions, proposals, etc. It is no secret every member is on the board for health insurance; which they only pay a penny for. Brad Schneider, the WCSC superintendent, knows this, and also knows the board does not care about carrying out their duties as expected by voters by questioning and debating Schneider’s decisions, proposals, etc. I encourage your readers to go to this site and research board meeting minutes to know how underhandedly the WCSC board and superintendent conduct business.

    Schneider is not an educated man; at least as far as what a superintendent should hold degree-wise. Any employee of the school corporation can explain how Mr. Schneider became superintendent under the “Good-ole Boys” club mentality. The board did not even advertise the position of superintendent when the former superintendent, Jim Martin, retired. Opening up a search for a superintendent is done so that the very best person can be hired for the position. They wanted to bring in “one of their own” so as to ensure things would be “business as usual.”

    Jim was a highly respected and beloved leader. He took his job seriously. Employees knew by his actions that he meant what he said, when he said he valued teachers and all WCSC employees. Unlike when Brad Schneider says these same words. Schneider says he supports teachers and employees, but his actions are hostile toward them. There are countless stories about how he, just like the board, “rubber-stamps” any and all things “his” principals want to do to their teachers and staff. He does this because he is well known to be a very lazy superintendent (laziness is why he never pursued a higher degree) who does not have any interest whatsoever in taking time to seek out information before approving principals’ decisions. In fact, he promotes principals to central office positions who have demonstrated that they share his “hostility” toward employees; especially teachers.

    Walt Lambert, who, by the way, is the only central office administrator with a doctorate, was well known as a principal who set teachers up, belittle them, was verbally hostile toward them; especially the older teachers, as he was very fond of much younger and attractive teachers, gave poor evaluations almost across the board for teachers, and the list goes on and on. But yet, Schneider promoted Lambert to a central office position within five years Lambert was a WCSC employee with absolutely no classroom teaching experience. But what is ironic, is that it is also well known that Lambert, being as viciously ambitious as he is, has let it be known how he feels Schneider is incompetent, and that he, Lambert, wants Schneider’s job. That’s how they roll in Warrick County; looking out for number one, and putting students and educators dead last.

    Anyone can ask any employee of the WCSC, past or present, and all that I say here will be said.

    BOTH the EVSC AND the WCSC need new board members. Members who work FOR the people who voted them to do a job. The kind of job that not one member on both boards is interest in doing.

    What a shame for the children in both counties.

  8. elkaybee Reply

    August 30, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I’m wishing everyone a “Happy Labor Day” weekend, but that wish is doubled for the EVSC workers who marched in the “pre-Labor Day parade” put on by Dr. Smith and his toadies. They showed up to celebrate a few days early to show their appreciation for their right to organize and STAY organized.
    If this had been a close election, it would still be a terrible thing that Smith and the Board did. The margin of victory for the Teamsters is such that Dr. Smith should give notice of his resignation and “take his talents” somewhere else. The same is true of every school board member who voted to approve Smith’s actions, which would be ALL of them.
    EVSC needs all new leadership, IMO.

  9. Indianaenoch Reply

    August 30, 2014 at 7:51 am

    My first impression was “is this election legal?” I don’t think it was, and it is a rare time I will support a union’s victory.

    • elkaybee Reply

      August 30, 2014 at 8:29 am

      I don’t think it was legal, either. Even though the union won, I still think that the legality of the Supt’s and “his” boards actions bear investigation.

  10. Will_Rocker Reply

    August 31, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I, for one, 110% support the superintendent. There is NO reason why taxpayer supported positions at schools, city hall, anywhere need representation from a union. NONE!

    Unions are a joke that stand up for lazy employees–many of whom simply “put in their time” with no thought of providing value for their employer.


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