Bill restricting public-sector unions passes in Ohio
March 31st, 2011
08:28 AM ET
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Bill restricting public-sector unions passes in Ohio

(CNN) - The Ohio state legislature has passed controversial legislation that would limit collective bargaining rights by barring Ohio's public employees from striking. The bill now heads to Ohio Gov. John Kasich's desk to be signed into law, possibly this week.

Kasich argues that Ohio Senate Bill 5 is crucial to closing an $8 billion budget shortfall and bringing public-sector benefits in line with those in the private sector.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Well this bill will be on the ballot box in November. Kasich just committed political suicide. A war on the middle class is a war we can't allow the fascists to win.

    March 31, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    Limiting the unrealistic power of American unions is essential our having more jobs HERE and to restoring our economic viability.
    We all have to make sacrifices to fix our economy.

    March 31, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  3. vic nashville tn

    Budget shortfall republican’s solution
    Blame unions. Cut public library hours , cut on education , cut low income people benefits, And give tax break to rich

    March 31, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. derik

    Ohio, as long as you vote Right Wing gop extreme,you are headed in the "Wrong Direction". Don,t you folks now by now? Gop is anti-labor. Your going to work under "CEO" and corporate Rules. Think about that,The next time you vote? Jeez?

    March 31, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Name Creole

    You all voted them in office OH WELL!!!!! Now let's sit back and watch them cut this country up........Oh where's the Tea party now

    March 31, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. chad

    Collective bargaining is crucial for the public sector. Public employees perform jobs crucial for society (police, firefighters, teachers, sanitation, etc.). These jobs should not be placed at the whim of partisan politics. Eliminating collective bargaining means that these jobs will not have good benefits (to go along with relatively low salaries) and therefore will not be attractive to ambitious, educated, and competent people.

    March 31, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Four and The Door

    Why do Ohio public employees feel that they need to be insulated from the same cutbacks that Americans all over the country have been making for a couple years now?

    March 31, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There is nothing that will be helped by restricting the ability for workers to neogiate work conditions, pay and other issues. I don't understand why these governors hate those that work for the state and carry out the laws that they sign.

    March 31, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Lucullus

    And the Repugnicans continue to prove just how much they hate the working people of America. Consider, they want to destroy all unions; Social Security, medicaid and the recently passed health care bill. They want to restrict or do away with abortion; they want to destroy Planned Parenthood and now AARP. They are out to get Public Broadcasting. They are balancing the budget on the backs of the working people. They say, let's cut spending on education, health care and lunch programs for children and the elderly. But under no circumstances should the super rich or their corporate owners pay more in taxes. They scream class warfare. They're right and they're the ones who started it.

    March 31, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. John K.

    Passage of this bill will end the incestuous situation where the political contributions of public employee unions go toward electing the people who sit across from them at the bargaining table for their wages and benefits. Finally, the taxpayers will have representation in controlling runaway public employee compensation packages.

    Oh yeah, did I mention we are broke?

    March 31, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Biggge

    I bet you all in Ohio are really upset at yourselves for voting all thoses Repub's in office... How quickly they turn there backs on the working class...Since Nov...
    assult on the working class (collective barginning)
    assult on womens rights and programs
    assult on teachers and education
    assult on homeowners
    assult on the elderly ( want to cut medicare )
    No talk of jobs, just talk about taking worker rights away....
    Great job people...

    March 31, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |