Ohio does Wisconsin one better and moves to ban public worker strikes and imprison workers that walk out

The union busing fun that started in Wisconsin a few days ago is spreading. The following clip from the Associated Press concerns events that transpired today in Ohio.

The bargaining rights of public workers in Ohio would be dramatically reduced and strikes would be banned under a bill narrowly passed by the state Senate on Wednesday.

The 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…

The bill is similar to the Republican-supported collective bargaining bill in the Wisconsin legislature that has sparked national debate in its weakening of public employees’ ability to negotiate contracts – although there are differences between the two. Wisconsin’s bill exempts police and firefighters from the collective bargaining restrictions, while Ohio’s does not. And the bill there would affect 175,000 unionized public workers.

The Ohio 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. The measure would do away with automatic pay raises and base future wage increases on merit…

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  1. TeacherPatti
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    It’s already illegal for teachers to strike here in MI. I would have to look at our contract again but it spells out penalties and I think it’s like $500 a day fine and I would guess that if you don’t pay it, and they get a court order against you and you still don’t, you could be held in contempt and jailed.

    Not that this makes it any better of course, but just wanted to add that.

  2. Edward
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    At least hey had the balls in Ohio to include fire and police employees along with the other unions being targeted. In Wisconsin, Walker didn’t have the balls. He wanted the cops on his side in case any shit went down. It would seem, however, that the cops weren’t so gullible. So far, they’ve stuck with the other unions and shown support.

  3. TaterSalad
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Maybe even a liberal/progressive/socialist can understand this:

    Understanding the differences between Public and Private sector Unions:


  4. TaterSalad
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Talk about greed? Here is proof that the taxpayers are being fleeced by the Teachers Union in the state of Illinois.


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