Member activist takes care of School for the Blind community

Posted Nov. 5, 2021 by

A never quit story: James Prater, Maintenance Repair Worker 2, Ohio School for the Blind

OCSEA brother James Prater never quits because so many people depend on him and the important work he does. James is a Maintenance Repair Worker 2, but his job and his purpose is much more than a classification. The work he does for the students attending the Ohio School for the Blind is essential and just as much a part of their learning and growing as that of the teachers and teacher aides in the classroom. And this last year and a half has shown the value of public employees like James and how their valuable work keeps Ohio going, even in the toughest of times.

“Public service is important to me, because we help people. We are the ones that get the job done," said James, a steward and activist with the Ohio School for the Blind Chapter 2529.

Read James' story and more in the most recent edition of the union magazine, the Public Employee Quarterly, at