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Ohio Senate votes 17-16 to OK SB 5

Originally Published: 05:05 p.m., March 2, 2011 and  Updated 05:05 p.m., March 2, 2011

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Republican-controlled Ohio Senate has passed a measure that would restrict the collective bargaining rights of roughly 350,000 teachers, university professors, firefighters, police officers and other public employees.

Senators passed the legislation on a 17-16 vote on Wednesday, with all 17 "yes" votes coming from the GOP. Six Republicans voted against the bill.

The bill establishes fines and jail time for those who participate in strikes. Unionized workers could negotiate wages, hours and certain work conditions — but not health care, sick time or pension benefits.

The measure now goes to the state House, where the GOP holds a 59-40 majority.

Republican Gov. John Kasich has said he supports the effort.


1rico13(19 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

i was watching the news and seen the changes. what in the world do you think privatization of services means. look out ohio if it becomes law

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2saddad(655 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Ya--We gotta save money on the backs of American workers so we can send more to the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Watch out Qaddafi they are going to be dropping road department trucks on you soon.

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3rocky14(838 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Can't wait for the next elections.They have awaken a sleeping giant.

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4Attis(1134 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

We have just begun to fight. The political prostitutes in the Ohio State House (and elsewhere) will soon feel the wrath of We The People inspired and driven by the wrath of God Almighty.

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5valleyred(1103 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Delighted this thing passed. The doubters will wake up in no time once they see how much money this will save this state!

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6cops4u(1 comment)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Sad day for ALL Ohioians and eventually ALL Americans whether you belong to a union or not. Soon we will all be making $10 an hour with no benefits

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7piak(508 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

We need to "get" those 6 so-called "republicans" who voted against the bill! OUT WITH THEM!!!!

You public union lovers think you've been crapped on? Us taxpayers have been getting hosed for a long time. Now it ends!

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8smrt_enuf2leave(11 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Well, it looks like this bill will become law.
The only thing to do now is hope for privatization.

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9timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

This bill will be Repealed ! Believe me . Do actually think a 1/4 of a million people are going to go along with a vote of 17 to 16 in favor ? Or the committee vote of 7 to 5 ? It'll be Repealed or at least put on the ballot which is the ONLY FARE WAY to decided on this for Ohio and it's Teachers,Police,Fire,Professors, and ODOT ! Hope you listen the next time people. Building Trades are with you 110% !

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10rico13(19 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

has anyone that posts comments in favor of this gone on buckeye institute and clicked on state wages. then just click on the drop box and highlight the $100,000 + box and hit submit. you will be surprised of the wages plus overtime being paid out.
wait until privatization hits deeper than you think it will and i dont believe it will effect anyone in the upper levels.

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11rico13(19 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

dont forget that a committee member was replaced that didnt agree with the bill

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12timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

rico13, Absolutely right ! That's why Republicans EAT their own.

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13samIam(241 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Well this will give the so-called "professional" teachers a chance to negotiate their salaries,just like pro-football players. Now we must go after the un-funded PERS and school teacher pensions. It is time for them to pay for their own health care and jumbo pensions just like the taxpayers that have been victimized for decades.by public employee unions that existed with no competion what so ever.Everyone is going to get a haircut.
The days of paid "snow days" and paid "Professional Days" are gone as well as 4 hours work days. GONE! Pay for your own Masters Degrees!Good riddance to TENURE!!
These education professionals never learned the old adage "Pigs get fat Hogs get slaughtered" Oh well it's to late baby.

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14rocky14(838 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

valleyred---your problem is you don't have a pot to pi$$ in and you want everyone else to be like you.Get out into the real world and get a real job.

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15JME(802 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

"Can't wait for the next elections.They have awaken a sleeping giant"

Isn't this what Obama, Pelosi and friends did last year that resulted in the Democrats slaughter just last November?

Kasich laid out his agenda ahead of time and the majority still voted for him. It's only been two months, and if he does what he says he's going to do, there won't be a problem in the next election. It just goes to show that this is more about entitlement, than the State's well being. Apparently to many, it was ok lose 400,000 jobs and run up an $8 billion budget deficit under Strickland.

Considering the public employees only make up approximately 6% of Ohio's work force, good luck trying to get this one on the ballot and actually getting it overturned.

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16rocky14(838 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

60% of the people said we shouldn't do away with public sector unions.
It will be on the next ballot

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17JME(802 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

"New poll shows less support for collective bargaining"


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18JME(802 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Kasich laid out his agenda ahead of time and the majority still voted for him

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