Whatever happened to the respect that civil servants like teachers, fire fighters, police officers, et al used to get when they went on strike or disputed an issue pertinent to their jobs or salaries? Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio puts it all into perspective:
The Ohio State Senate has just passed a bill that prohibits public employee unions from collective bargaining over health benefits and pensions. The union-busting Ohio bill is expected to pass the Ohio House and be signed into law by Governor John Kasich. The only difference between what’s happening in Wisconsin and Ohio is that it’s more likely to happen in Ohio. And soon.
In Ohio, Republicans sympathetic to the union were removed from key committees just before the vote was taken, and replaced by anti-union Republicans in order to advance the bill. They gamed the system to rig the results. Ohio Republicans conduct votes the way that Bill O’Reilly thinks that polls should be conducted.
- Ohio Set to Curb Unions (politicalwire.com)
- Ohio Anti-Union Measure Passes Senate– Bad News For Unions, Good New For Obama (blogs.forbes.com)
- Anti-union bill whizzing through Ohio Legislature (salon.com)
- Ohio Senate OKs limits on public unions (politico.com)