Ohio Senate passes bill to restrict public unions
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The bargaining rights of public workers in Ohio would be dramatically reduced and strikes would be banned under a bill narrowly passed by the Ohio Senate on Wednesday.
A GOP-backed measure that would restrict the collective bargaining rights of roughly 350,000 teachers, firefighters, police officers and other public employees squeaked through the state Senate on a 17-16 vote. Six Republicans sided with Democrats against the measure.
Firefighters and teachers shouted “Shame!” in the chamber as the legislation was approved.
The bill would ban strikes by public workers and establish penalties for those who do participate in walkouts. Unionized workers could negotiate wages, hours and certain work conditions—but not health care, sick time or pension benefits.
Good for Ohio! The bill is going to the state house where the Republicans hold a 59 to 40 majority, it will then go to Gov. John Kasich (R) where he is expected to sign it into law.
In light of recent events my opinion on labor unions has soured, I look at public employee unions as a welfare state living off the backs of the American tax payer, I think others would agree.
Unions are there to protect the lazy; they are communistic, anti-American, unpatriotic welfare queens and the sooner unions disappear the better off out nation will be.