Do members know how there union dues are being spent?
Compton –Compton Education Association (CEA), represents Compton teachers who have made it no secret about their dislike for certain members of the school board and their spending on political campaigns reflects it. In the most recent elections, CEA has heavily invested in lesser known, handpicked candidates that possess little to no experience in education, in their failed attempt to replace members of the board.
The spending the CEA is doing could be considered fraud, waste, and abuse, if the full membership isn’t aware of how their dues are being spent.
According to campaign records in 2017 CEA spent more than $48,000.00 on their handpicked candidates Gregory Pitts and Rodney Curry. In addition to giving each candidate a check for $500.00, CEA also purchased campaign material on behalf of each candidate for $12,000.00. CEA was unsuccessful at replacing Satra Zurita and Alma Pleasant.
In 2020 CEA spent over $63,000.00 to unseat current School Board President Micah Ali and Charles Davis and failed again. CEA gave School Board Member Sandra Moss a check for over $15,000.00, and candidates Gregory Pitts over $12,000.00, and Anthony Perry over $19,000.00 for their campaigns.
Ironically, Moss is well-known for voting with the majority on items placed before her.
*Highlighted portions of this document are Compton Teacher Union election payouts referenced in this article
Other recipients of CEA’s frivolous spending went to a committee controlled by then Mayor Aja Brown (Elevate Compton) and her secretary Melissa Freeny (daughter of current candidate Mary Jackson Freeny) in the amount of $3,800. Former City Council District 2 Candidate Andre “HubCityDre” Spicer (The Hub Radio) cashed in as well receiving a check for over $6,000.00.
As CEA prepares for this round of elections with two new and one former handpicked candidate who have no experience in education (with the exception of one).