Skip to comments.Workers Pack Statehouse In Protest Of Union Bill (Columbus, Ohio)
Posted on 02/18/2011 7:07:10 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty
More than 1,000 workers were at the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday to protest Senate Bill 5.
If approved, the bill would overhaul collective bargaining, 10TV's Danielle Elias reported.
Supporters of the bill spoke on Tuesday. Thursday's testimony before the senate committee was from those opposing the bill.
Firefighters, police officers, corrections workers and educators from around Ohio showed up to protest a bill they call a "union buster."
If the bill passes, collective bargaining by unions, which became law in 1983, could come to an end.
"We work hard to help the community," said Mark Harrington, who opposes the bill. "Our goal is to be strong and be well. It's only fair to collective bargain."
Ohio is facing an estimated $8 billion deficit, and Gov. John Kasich has said union labor costs must be reined in.
"We think some of the cities and the state will go bankrupt if we don't find a way to get around some of the union contract," said S.B. 5 supporter Pearl Pullman.
Kasich has expressed support for the bill in concept, but he also signaled he might offer his own plan that could go even further, including banning public employee strikes.
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Union pigs. It’s not like they are protecting the coal miners or anything. Oh, my mistake, Obama said he would kill that industry so the coal miners won’t need to be worried about anyway.
How come we can’t get mobs together like this to do things like turn on the water pumps in California and mob the EPA buildings in Louisiana to get offshore drilling re-instated?
We should have had mobs at custom stations and border crossings on the Mexico border years ago
Ohio workers are un-employed MAINLY because the Unions priced themselves out of the Market, and companies moved South (Right-to-Work States), or off-shore. I look for the Union Label and then know NOT TO BUY THAT PRODUCT.
Were here today because of common sense, said Mike Wilson, president of the Cincinnati Tea Party. Somehow over the last few years, things got out of line.
Unfortunately, weve got to make some hard choices.
All were asking is for the public sector to accept a little bit of the pain.
The following are average Ohio secondary teacher salaries for 2009 in selected cities, according to the BLS:
For the state of Ohio
Medical Employees who are a permanent full-time or permanent part-time employee are eligible for medical insurance. Employees may choose among PPO and HMO offerings from five providers. The premiums paid by employees for individual coverage range from $26.74 to $30.50 per month. For family coverage, employees pay between $78.91 and $89.25. The state pays the remainder of the premium cost.
Because conservatives are apethetic
Conservatives haven’t realized they are in a battle for the soul of America.
It’s the smelly unions that put you in this positin and now the union wants you to fight the battle for them.
Wisconsin is leading the way again !
What we are seeing are the results of the last election cycle. The new blood is starting to flex its muscles.
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