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Steven Greenhouse writes: "The two houses of the Ohio Legislature approved a far-reaching bill on Wednesday that would hobble the ability of public-employee unions to bargain collectively and undercut their political clout."

Firefighter union supporters watch a broadcast of the Ohio House debate on Senate Bill 5 at the Statehouse in Columbus, 03/30/11. (photo: Matt Sullivan/Reuters)
Firefighter union supporters watch a broadcast of the Ohio House debate on Senate Bill 5 at the Statehouse in Columbus, 03/30/11. (photo: Matt Sullivan/Reuters)


Ohio Lawmakers Pass Anti-Union Bill

By Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times

31 March 11


RSN Special Coverage: GOP's War on American Labor

The two houses of the Ohio Legislature approved a far-reaching bill on Wednesday that would hobble the ability of public-employee unions to bargain collectively and undercut their political clout. They sent the bill to Gov. John R. Kasich, a Republican, who lawmakers said would sign it in the next few days.

The Republican-dominated Senate voted 17 to 16 in favor of the bill Wednesday evening, hours after the House passed it, 53 to 44, with 5 Republicans joining 39 Democrats in opposition.

Republicans applauded the bill, saying Ohio's deficit-plagued state and local governments could no longer afford the costs that public-sector unions extracted in collective bargaining. But Democrats criticized the legislation, saying it effectively eviscerated public employees' bargaining rights and would make it harder for them to stay in the middle class.

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+5 # KittatinyHawk 2011-03-31 11:45
Hope the People of Ohio are going to be ready to do the work of those whose jobs get cut. Hope they realize this will not bring in jobs.
How are the Rich doing in Ohio?
Thanks to Republicans who had a Conscience. Make sure you keep that so you will be known. May the others get what goes around.
Now People of Ohilo you wanted change, when the unemployment runs out these people will go on welfare and You will foot all the Welfare for Rich and the Poor. Good voting Ohio
 
 
+4 # Gary Ray Pierson 2011-03-31 12:55
Go Ohio GOP's, show what pigs you truly are.. Your colors are showing, you Three Ring Circus act with an elephant for a front man... For the rest of us.. Their coming for what ever entitlements we have left. greedy old party of piggy people. garyray
 
 
+2 # Lesabre 2011-03-31 13:18
These states where the union busting is happening will be having elections. If the people like it they will vote for more of the same. If not, I hope they have some good choices on their ballet.
 
 
+2 # todd williams 2011-03-31 13:34
Hey, KittatinyHawk, I didn't vote for these a-holes. Don't blame this Buckeye. I think one of the key provions of this misquided bill is the one that encourges privatization of state functions such as toll highways and prisons. Now these state workers will lose their jobs when state-run operations are privatized. Of course, they can always go work for the private company at about half the salary and poor benefits. To me, this is the real scary point especially since Gov. Kasich has shown a penchant for privatization.
 
 
+2 # Buckles 2011-03-31 14:33
I applaud the few republicans who voted against Krazy Kasich, now hope a miracle happens here in Wisconsin, and sanity once again prevails.
 

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