h/t my buddy Jim Heath reporting for ONN
The Ohio legislature effectively screwed over 350,000 state employees today. Police, firefighters, teachers, and other public employees will eventually feel the sting. The Republican sponsored effort significantly weakens collective bargaining. The state senate passed a bill by one vote. Six Republicans sided with Democrats in voting against the measure.
Health care, sick leave, and pensions will now be dictated and not open to negotiations. Strikes are banned. Walkouts come with penalties. Raises will be given through a merit system rather than on the basis of seniority.
Employees in states that prevent collective bargaining make an average of $3,000 less than union affiliated workers.