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Issue 2 Good for Us


Published: Sun, October 30, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Is Issue 2 good for Ohio?

By Mark Munroe

To watch the false and misleading anti-Issue 2 TV ads, you would be left with the impression that fireman, fire victims and hospital patients will be dead on the streets if Issue 2 passes. The impressions created by the ads are wrong. An analysis by Politifact.com found two of these ads regarding staffing levels and other issues to be “mostly false.” Similar problems have been found with other anti-Issue 2 ads.

Nothing in Issue 2 prohibits safety unions from discussing staffing needs with safety administrators. Issue 2 simply allows staffing decisions to be made by fire chiefs, police commanders and school superintendents who are responsible for managing their departments while respecting the realities of community needs and budgets.

Public employees play a vital role in strong, effective government. We need quality people in government service; not at any cost, but at a cost that fairly reflects the needs of the citizens and the realities of the marketplace.

Health insurance

The common sense reforms of issue 2 are many. Public sector employees will have to pay at least 15 percent of the cost of their health insurance and a 10 percent contribution toward their own retirement program. The Vindicator recently reported that 71 percent of Mahoning County employees had all or part of their “employee contribution” toward retirement paid for by the taxpayer. Fairness? Hardly.

Collective bargaining will continue for hours, wages and working conditions. The right to bargain for safety equipment is guaranteed. Our elected officials and their representatives will have their traditional rights as managers restored. The difference is that no longer will an unelected, unaccountable arbitrator have the power to force a settlement onto a township, city, school board or union. The elected representatives of the people will be given back the responsibility to deal with public employees while respecting the wishes of taxpayers. Final settlement offers can no longer be shrouded in secrecy, but will be open for all to see. The threat of a public sector strike will be lifted. We saw first hand how the threat of a strike at YSU caused so much anxiety to thousands of innocent students who wanted nothing more than to plan for the next semester.

No longer will public employees have their money confiscated by unions to support issues they may not agree with. Instead, employees will have to sign an authorization to permit their money to be taken for union or political purposes. Reasonable? Of course.

One of the greatest gifts of issue 2 is that our best teachers will be rewarded for their contributions to learning. Raises will be based on merit, not just time in the seat. By controlling costs, school boards can avoid layoffs.

Even with SB5, Ohio public union members will have more collective bargaining rights than any federal government worker, and more than would have been granted by President Roosevelt, who said, “The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.”

Public sector employees enjoy higher wages, better benefits and job security, but contribute less for those benefits than workers in the private sector who are footing the bill. It’s time to restore fairness and common sense. A yes vote on issue 2 will strengthen Ohio, help governments manage scarce resources, and slow down the constant drain on the taxpayer.

Mark Munroe is vice-chairman of the Mahoning County Board of Elections who has been active in local GOP politics for over 30 years and is chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party.


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1VindyPost(436 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago


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Vote NO On Issue 2 !

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2SAVEOURCOUNTRY(470 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

MArk,
You are the one using lies to confuse the truth. 94% of public workers pay 10% currently into reitement, Since you are considered management, the question is do you, I bet not. Most pay 15% or more for healthcare, do you. I think Not.
If SB5 was solely about that savings which is very little (maybe $250,000) state wide, no one would be complaining.
Mark, do you even understand how the wages and bennies came about in the public sector. History lesson. It was cheaper to give better bennies than wage increases to public workers in order to save government money.
Also saftey equipment can only be part of bargaining if mangaement says so. Management can say what will be discussed at all, even wages, hours. They have complete control 100%. Under the current law, its like a good marriage, everything is 50/50.
You want to send everyone into divorse court with thier mother-in-law as the judge. How will the public employee fare , not very good. Wouldn't you leave such a dead end job with no hope of ever earning a raise? You simply don't want people paying union dues, those union protect workers against the spoil system that SB5 creates. I didn't vote for you so I'm fired with no recourse. That's fair isn't it. If you think it won't happen, You're a bigger fool that we thought you were!!!!

VOTE NO ON SB5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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3Oop81269(16 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Let me give you some info directly from SB5. If an employee is SUSPECTED of taking part in a strike he forfits TWICE his daily pay for those days that he is SUSPECTED of having taken part in the strike, but, it is up to the employee to PROVE that he did not take part in the strike (what if he was in the hospital) and has to sign a sworn affidavit and go to court to get his money back. 12 People APPOINTED by the Governor, President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the house; all of these get paid out of THE SCHOOL EMPLOYEES HEALTH CARE FUND and reimbursed for all "operating expenses paid for out of THE SCHOOL EMPLOYEES HEALTH CARE FUND and according to Ohio Revised Code 124.15 which means that the can make as much as $32.00 per hour for a 40 hour week and they don't pay for their health care because they are state appointees and get it for FREE! (2) Members shall receive compensation fixed pursuant to division
(J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code and shall be reimbursed from
the school employees health care fund for actual and necessary expenses
incurred in the performance of their official duties as members of the board. THEN there are another 18 bureaucrats appointed to watch over these 12, all with the same free ride. Oh and I almost forgot, They also get to hire their own aides and these get paid for out of the SCHOOL EMPLOYEES HEALTH CARE FUND. For each and every profession listed in these adds they are going to add more bureaucrats that will cost even more tax payer money. How does any of this sound right to you? Don't beleive me?
OK, here is something to actually read.
At the very least make an educated vote and don't be one of the "sheepeople" blindly following a political party. Here is a link to all 304 pages.
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload...
Project Vote Smart condensed version.
http://www.votesmart.org/election_bal...

And this page will link you to all the ballot issues in Ohio.
http://www.votesmart.org/election_bal...

This page allows you to look up all the Ohio Revised Codes that the are talking about.
http://codes.ohio.gov/orc

Copy and paste these links into your browser. Get informed. Make an informed vote!

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4fd6636(255 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

MARK: Your star pupil is your worst enemy! When Kasich talks, you poll numbers go down. Misguided, I'll support him to the end could be your republibs undoing!!! VOTE NO ON 2 MARK, YOU'LL BE A BETTER MAN FOR IT!!!

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