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Stripping Collective Bargaining from Ohio Workers

Members of the Ohio Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would effectively strip collective bargaining rights from public workers.

Senate Bill 5 narrowly passed by a 17 to 16 vote. The bill will now move to Ohio’s House of Representatives which has a Republican majority. However, public workers said they are not done fighting and will continue to protest when the bill is read on the House floor.

The bill affects 175,000 unionized workers in the state including fire fighters.

Fire fighters said the new law will compromise safety. Management now will decide whether the quality of equipment can be bargained.

Ohio positioned itself as the next battleground state over workers fighting to protect collective bargaining. The issue thrust the state in the national spotlight.  The Huffington Post lead photo for Thursday morning was of members of Local 4049 of Mason, Ohio watching the vote on television.

The bill changes contract terms for public employees. Health care benefits and pensions will no longer be negotiated. Also, the bill bans public workers from striking and new parameters will be established for labor disputes. Instead of binding arbitration, the employer’s legislative body will now decide whether to side with a union or management.

Gov. John Kasich said the bill gets Ohio back on track.

How can Ohio be on the right track by muzzling public workers and taking money away from families?

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  • Marc Monahan (Cincinnati)

    3/3/2011 2:16:57 PM |

    This bill will also take officers (Lt's and above) out of the bargaining unit.  They will have no collective bargaining rights at the end of their current contracts.  This is a major assault on Ohio Fire Fighters who took the worst of this bill.  Kasich, Walker and Christie must be stopped.

  • Jason Hart (Toledo)

    3/3/2011 4:09:38 PM |

    Republican Ohio State Sen. Bill Seitz of Cincinnati, who is a partner in a pro-management law firm, spoke out against a new provision to resolve disputes. "No one can be a judge and advocate in their own cause," Seitz said. "That's called heads I win, tails you lose."  Also, "Remember that old saying, ‘You can't fight City Hall?'" Seitz asked. "Under this bill, public employees can't talk to City Hall."

    To get the bill to the Senate floor, Ohio Senate Majority Leader Tom Niehaus removed Seitz and state Sen. Scott Oelslager, R-Canton, from key committees. Their opposition along with the Democrats could have tied the bill up. The committee voted 7-5 in favor, sending the bill to the Senate floor.

    The actions of the Ohio Senate Majority Leader yesterday was cowardly at the minimum and criminal to the max in regard to the passage of SB5.

  • Craig Russell (Crowley)

    3/3/2011 9:37:11 PM |

    Fighting for your pay, pensions, ect. It's great. Just please keep vigilant for the people who aren't on your side. I mean the socialist and communist that show up in "support" for you. These are people wo hate what we do, especially police officers. The ends always justify the means and tehjy are gettign help from leaders. Remember true American values and don't let these people take what we're about. We work to preserve life and property. They take lives and property. Show up and rally but don't stand with these individuals. To stand with them gives them power. we must alienate them and expose them for what they really are.

  • Craig Russell (Crowley)

    3/6/2011 9:18:20 AM |

    Glenn dedicated a whole show last night to showing the attitude of distrust being bred against police officers by a variety of leftist groups. On radio today, he talked more about the anti-cop curriculum being developed in New York State and funded by the AFL/CIO and some of the other proponents of an anti-police attitude.

    “This isn’t just a little thing that you need to make sure you know about. This attitude of distrusting police cost lives. It cost lives. People teach their children. They get this in their head that the police are against them, that they should be running away from them, treat them disrespectfully and all this stuff, and every time all of these terrible stories happen where someone innocent gets shot or a minor fraction, something happened with the cops, it’s because they’ve been taught their entire lives that the cops are against them. Why would we want to beat that into kids’ heads? It’s terrible,” Stu said.

    And what is in this new curriculum?

    “Here’s a part of this curriculum that the AFL/CIO through the NYSUT has published and put in schools for every schoolchild in New York state, AFL/CIO, gang. It is a whole book that has, you know, holds up Desmond TuTu and all kinds of heros who have spoken out in the face of power and then you have Van Jones, and one of the study things that they ask their kids to read is about Van Jones and it’s lessons from a killing, changing news coverage of police brutality in San Francisco by Van Jones. I’m going to read a little bit, ‘In the fall of ’96, San Francisco police review commission held hearings on the death of Aaron Williams, an African-American man suspected of a $50 pet store burglary that died in police custody. According to witnesses and police sources, a team of police led by Officer Mack repeatedly kicked Williams in the head and emptied three caps of pepper spray. Despite he was having trouble breathing, the police left him hog tied and gagged in the back of a police van where he died.’  I don’t know this story. But if this story happened the way Van Jones is describing it, it’s bad,” Glenn said.

    Glenn dedicated a whole show last night to showing the attitude of distrust being bred against police officers by a variety of leftist groups. On radio today, he talked more about the anti-cop curriculum being developed in New York State and funded by the AFL/CIO and some of the other proponents of an anti-police attitude.

    “This isn’t just a little thing that you need to make sure you know about. This attitude of distrusting police cost lives. It cost lives. People teach their children. They get this in their head that the police are against them, that they should be running away from them, treat them disrespectfully and all this stuff, and every time all of these terrible stories happen where someone innocent gets shot or a minor fraction, something happened with the cops, it’s because they’ve been taught their entire lives that the cops are against them. Why would we want to beat that into kids’ heads? It’s terrible,” Stu said.

    And what is in this new curriculum?

    “Here’s a part of this curriculum that the AFL/CIO through the NYSUT has published and put in schools for every schoolchild in New York state, AFL/CIO, gang. It is a whole book that has, you know, holds up Desmond TuTu and all kinds of heros who have spoken out in the face of power and then you have Van Jones, and one of the study things that they ask their kids to read is about Van Jones and it’s lessons from a killing, changing news coverage of police brutality in San Francisco by Van Jones. I’m going to read a little bit, ‘In the fall of ’96, San Francisco police review commission held hearings on the death of Aaron Williams, an African-American man suspected of a $50 pet store burglary that died in police custody. According to witnesses and police sources, a team of police led by Officer Mack repeatedly kicked Williams in the head and emptied three caps of pepper spray. Despite he was having trouble breathing, the police left him hog tied and gagged in the back of a police van where he died.’  I don’t know this story. But if this story happened the way Van Jones is describing it, it’s bad,” Glenn said.

    “Those police officers should have been prosecuted if it happened the way Van Jones, but that’s a huge, huge if. [Jones said] ‘My organization, Ella Baker Center of human rights for police watch followed this for two years.’  He goes on to talk about what the news report did and blah, blah what and teaching your kid how to organize and get into the news and change opinions in the news,” Glenn said.

    Glenn then adressed the cops who were being asked to stand in solidarity with people who are instituting this new curriculum. “I understand the idea of standing with people that disagree with you. There’s no problem with that. But not on major issues. Especially major issues concerning your job.”

    Glenn explained more about why police officers should be wary of standing with groups and movements organized by radicals on TV last night. Watch the video below for more from TV:

    Glenn continued on radio, “This curriculum has good things in it. However, you get to Van Jones where they urge kids to find out about Van Jones. I have been urging the press to find out about Van Jones for some time. He’s harmless. Sure, he’s a communist radical. Don’t worry about it. Don’t worry about it. He called for violent revolution and then when he shut down his organization STORM, it’s because he realized he couldn’t convince enough people with the language of Marxism to be able to go for a violent revolution. So they had to change from things like Cop Watch to the Ella Baker Center. They changed the radical pose for the radical ends because they knew they could scoop in a bunch of people.”

    Glenn continued on radio, “This curriculum has good things in it. However, you get to Van Jones where they urge kids to find out about Van Jones. I have been urging the press to find out about Van Jones for some time. He’s harmless. Sure, he’s a communist radical. Don’t worry about it. Don’t worry about it. He called for violent revolution and then when he shut down his organization STORM, it’s because he realized he couldn’t convince enough people with the language of Marxism to be able to go for a violent revolution. So they had to change from things like Cop Watch to the Ella Baker Center. They changed the radical pose for the radical ends because they knew they could scoop in a bunch of people.”

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