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Gov. Kasich: ‘I’m not anti-union’

Published: Sun, February 27, 2011 @ 5:30 p.m.

Associated Press


Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he’s against joblessness, not unions, and is working on a state budget proposal aimed at creating jobs and economic growth.

The Republican worked on his budget Saturday as people rallied nearby at the Statehouse to protest Senate Bill 5, which would limit unions’ collective bargaining rights, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

“I’m not anti-union,” Kasich told the newspaper. “I think unions are an important part of the American fabric, but what we’re doing here is basically to start sticking up for taxpayers and private-sector workers who have made enormous sacrifices over the last decade.”

Kasich said compensation for public employees has become more generous than in the private sector.

“It is very reasonable to have the same kind of provisions that private workers get,” the governor said. “I said during the campaign that what I was interested in was creating equity between public and private employees and that is exactly what this bill represents.”

Kasich said he sometimes talks with fellow GOP governors but denied they’re part of a coordinated effort to kill unions for public employees. He said he frequently talks to Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin, where a similar bill has caused nearly two weeks of protests with as many as 70,000 demonstrators.

Smaller rallies have been held in cities around Ohio, including Columbus, and organizers are planning another gathering this week at the Statehouse.

Calling the protesters “very nice people,” Kasich to the Dispatch he understands their concerns and isn’t trying to hurt anyone. Republicans working on the bill are trying to help elected officials control spending, which would make local governments stronger and improve job security for public workers, he said.


1Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years ago


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2Attis(941 comments)posted 4 years ago

Kasick is either a pathological liar or totally delusional or both. Senate Bill 5 not only hurts, badly, a whole lot of nice people; it drives a stake through the back of working families throughout Ohio. But that's not the end of the story or the end of us, We The People. The Spirit of America does not like or tolerate petty dictators, whether King George or Mubarak or Gaddafi or Wilson or Kasick. They all end up, sooner or latter, upon the junk heap of history. Hopefully sooner.

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3wownut54(4 comments)posted 4 years ago

‎..."We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers' salaries and take away their right to strike." Adolph Hitler, May 2, 1933

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4rocky14(745 comments)posted 4 years ago

Would someone please shoot me!!!!
Did i just read that Kasich said he isn't anti--union???
You're right Attis--he is a pathological liar.
He does have mental problems.

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5Tigerlily(500 comments)posted 4 years ago

wow, samiam, you can also return to plowing the effing fields and milking the cows and beating your wife without recourse too. sounds like utopia!

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6valleyred(1101 comments)posted 4 years ago

I love how you leftists refuse to give this guy a chance. I supported Strickland for 2.5 years before I realized he was turning out to be a DUD.

In a little under 2 months, Kasich has done more for this state than the previous two Governors did during their time in office!

This guy is going to be a terrific Governor! I am glad someone has the guts to go after this massive spending area.

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7northsideperson(365 comments)posted 4 years ago

Just be aware that the public employee (not "public servant") unions are only the beginning. Right to Work is next.

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8FormerYtowner(96 comments)posted 4 years ago

What the hell has he exactly done? Members of his own party regret voting for him. Please for me and others who are not as delusional as you are, tell us exactly what he has done?

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9valleyred(1101 comments)posted 4 years ago

FormerYtown, there you guys go again.

Well I will begin with JobsOhio that will lead to tremendous economic growth. He made the wise move of extending calamity days back to 5 from 3. And if you want my thoughts on SB 5, then read this: http://i53.tinypic.com/2zqhtus.png

Not only will SB5 pass, but if this thing goes to the ballot, there is no doubt in my mind the voters of Ohio will support the ending of collective bargaining for our public sector employees in this state!

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10candystriper(575 comments)posted 4 years ago

Ohio has the highest average of foreclosed homes sold at a discount ... 43%


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11Tigerlily(500 comments)posted 4 years ago

valleyred, you should probably talk about how you
"think" his initiatives will better the state. not that they already have. you're energetic, but naive.

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12mabellyne(12 comments)posted 4 years ago

Amendment I


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Hmmm... "The right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." I'm reading that the people, and no where does this exclude the people who happen to work for the government, have the right to assemble and petition.

as·sem·ble verb \ə-ˈsem-bəl\
Definition of ASSEMBLE
transitive verb
1: to bring together (as in a particular place or for a particular purpose)

Definition of PETITION
transitive verb
: to make a request to : solicit
intransitive verb
: to make a request; especially : to make a formal written request

Assemble + petition = collective bargining.

I like this right, I think I'll keep it.

Even if you have never been part of a union, you have benefited from them. The eight hour workday, the right to a safe environment, equal opprotunity despite race or creed were all originally causes of orginazed labor unions.

Put aside whatever party you support and where you stand on social or political isssues for a momment and search your conscience. We all know there are better and fairer ways to balance the budget.

It is truly a domino effect; if one union falls, the rest shall be weakened.

If you can't make it to Columbus, email your represenatives, let them know how you feel. They all have easy links on their websites.

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13UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years ago

John Kasich is all about creating jobs for Ohio and solving the $8B budget problem Ted Strickland left him. The unions are getting in the way of solving these problems. SB5 goes a long way toward the budget solution with potential saviongs of $1B - $1.3B depending on who you ask by ending the cadillac healthcare and golden double dip pensions for public employees. Aren't the public employee unions greedy wanting to take every last tax dollar from the taxpayer's wallet.

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14netrader(2 comments)posted 4 years ago

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Hmmm... "The right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." I'm reading that the people, and no where does this exclude the people who happen to work for the government, have the right to assemble and petition.

maybellynne: You are absolutely right. Everyone has the right to peacefully assemble and petition the government.No where in your speech does it guarantee your petition will be acted upon to your benefit.
Public employees need to remember they work for the public and answer to the public as they are paid by the public. Perhaps the public should petition the government for change. Oh, wait. The public did...in the form of elections that put Kasich in his position.

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15Dafine(14 comments)posted 4 years ago

Gov. Kasich told us what he was going to do and the majority of Ohio voters said "yes." When was the last time a public employee took a concession like everyone else in the private workforce? They have had it made for years, took advantage of the perks, and bragged about it, too, and now might have to work and worry about fulfilling that job description. Ah, so sorry.

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16NoBS(2071 comments)posted 4 years ago

valleyred, after you grow up and have been in the work force for a few years, come back and talk to us.

SB5 has nothing whatever to do with attracting jobs or saving money. Even the bill's author admits it won't save much money. It's all about crushing those unions, so the power-trippers like Kasich can reign supreme and unchallenged.

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17Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years ago

You only give Obama two days . Did you forget ??????? The Gov. has had enougth time and he did NOTHING

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18PHISHIE(105 comments)posted 4 years ago

Does anyone know for certain that Ohio has a 8 Billion dollar deficit. Did anyone see the actual budget. Is it possible that politicians create scenarios so they can provide the perception that they solved the problem???? Did anyone actually see the budget of accounts line item by line item??? PHISHIE

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19300(573 comments)posted 4 years ago

Dafine, Kasich never said he was going to do away with collective bargaining for all public workers.

If he had, there would've been no way he would've been elected.

Also, all this about how public employees are paid more than private ones has to go. That's comparing a lot of people with master's degrees doing professional jobs with those with only a HS diploma working service jobs. When contrasting the same position, the public worker is paid substantially less. Compare a public accountant to someone at Accenture, then you'll get a proper comparison.

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20mabellyne(12 comments)posted 4 years ago

Nettrader and others:

I didn't say that the employer, in this case the state government, had to meet the demands of employees.

I DO say that curtailing their first ammendment right to collectively bargin is the wrong thing to do.

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