I’ve repeatedly sounded the alarm that the anti worker forces around the country have planned coordinated legislative attacks against working people. In Congress, efforts to defund the National Labor Relations Board are ongoing. So far, those efforts have failed.
Across the country, anti-worker cabals are directing their targets against public employees. In Tennessee the state legislature is considering making collective bargaining for teachers illegal. The same efforts are underway in Indiana.
In Wisconsin, only the brave actions of fourteen Democratic state senators stands between public employee collective bargaining and cynical, destructive legislation which would destroy the rights of public employees.
Senate Bill 5 is the latest shot across the bow signalling that the fight has arrived in Ohio.
What’s in it for Ohio’s public employees? Nothing good, I can assure you of that.
First, Senate Bill 5 will withdraw collective bargaining rights for thousands of Ohio workers employed directly by the State and State agencies. Corrections officers, State troopers, college professors, and so many others will be forever subject to the whims of political hacks when it comes to looking for justice in the workplace.
Senate Bill 5 leaves in place collective bargaining rights for all other public employees in the employ of counties and cities, but it is a watered-down version of collective bargaining where the odds are tilted so far in favor of management that the end result will be collective bargaining in name only.
Second, health care benefits will no longer be a proper subject for negotiations. The same goes for the amount of any pick up by a public employer of an employee’s pension contribution.
Third, a public employer cannot agree to pay more than eighty percent of the cost paid for health care benefits.
Fourth, in regard to public school teachers, a school board cannot agree on class room sizes, lay off procedures, or even teacher salaries.
Fifth, public employers cannot agree to contractual provisions that make seniority the determining factor in deciding who is laid off.
Sixth, enables public employers to manipulate the state fiscal emergency laws in order to reopen labor contracts unilaterally.
Seventh, allows public employers to unilaterally implement only the portions of a fact finder’s award with which it agrees or unilaterally extend for one year an expired contract.
Eighth, allows public employers to permanently replace striking workers.
Senate Bill 5 is over 250 pages long, so the above summary only addresses the major points that entail amendments to Ohio’s Collective Bargaining laws at Chapter 4117 of the Ohio Revised Code. But even this brief summary makes clear that Senate Bill 5 is not good for Ohio’s working families.
Call your state senator or representative today and tell them how you feel about Senate Bill 5!