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Ohio Senate Bill 5

Ohio Senate Bill 5 is the bill against Collective Bargaining for Local and State Government workers Unions. The debate has heated up and theres a lot of misinformation on both sides of the court. The best thing I can recommend to anyone before they take a stance on this bill is to read it. There is also good balanced reports on the bill at the Columbus Dispatch, WLWT, and Yahoo!.

The bill will help to fix pensions (which are currently so absurd that they will soon be unfunded liabilities) which will help Ohio get its budget under control for the future. It also awards teachers based on merit rather than seniority, which in turns helps school throughout the state become better as it will help to weed out those teachers who are unsatisfactory.

Unions do not fight for the rights of these workers, this is a fallacy that has been purported for decades. Ohio has had civil-service protection laws since 1912, of which all of these jobs are covered by. Below are some highlights of proposals in the bill from the Columbus Dispatch article.

Proposals in the bill:

State workers

  • Eliminates collective bargaining for state workers, including higher education employees.
  • Requires the Department of Administrative Services to develop a merit-based system of pay.

Local workers

  • Removes the requirement that deadlocked safety forces go to binding arbitration, instead extending the prior union contract for one year.
  • Requires mediators to consider wages of employees who are not members of the union and does not allow them to consider future tax increases as part of an entity’s ability to pay.
  • Allows employers to hire permanent replacement workers during a strike.
  • Removes health insurance from collective bargaining. Management will pick insurance policies, and employees must cover at least 20 percent of the cost.
  • No longer requires that once a subject is included in a contract that it becomes a mandatory subject of future bargaining.
  • Defines an “impasse” as a lack of agreement after 90 days. After that point, it requires each side to make public its last, best offer.
  • Prohibits public employers from picking up extra employee pension contributions.
  • Eliminates from state law automatic pay increases for experience and education.
  • Eliminates from state law leave policies and automatic 15 sick days for teachers.
  • Prohibits school districts from bargaining away certain management powers, such as the ability to deploy teachers to certain buildings.
  • No longer makes longevity a deciding factor when management is deciding to make layoffs.
  • Requires a public employer to publish on its website any changes in the union contract that impacts compensation of workers, including wages, length of service payments, and insurance coverage.
  • Requires the employer and the State Employment Relations Board to publish the parties’ offers on their websites before and after fact-finding is complete.
  • Allows schools or local governments in fiscal emergency to terminate or modify a collective bargaining agreement.
Filed under : Politics
By dhert
On February 21, 2011
At 6:09 pm
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