Ohio: Attacks on Workers’ Rights
The new Republican leadership in Ohio has pushed through sweeping legislation that guts collective bargaining rights for teachers and state and local government employees. Senate Bill 5 goes even further than similar legislation in other states, including a ban on public employee strikes, an end to automatic pay increases for public employees, and a watered-down binding arbitration process for police and firefighters. In response, the Ohio Federation of Teachers has joined with allies around the state to help overturn the legislation, which does nothing to help balance the state budget. If enough signatures are gathered, a referendum to overturn the law will be on the November ballot.
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- Read legislative updates on the Ohio Federation of Teachers website.
- Become a fan of the Ohio Federation of Teachers on Facebook.
- Become a fan of Stand Up for Ohio on Facebook.
- Follow events in Ohio on Twitter: @OFTadvocate or #StandUpOH
- Follow the efforts to preserve workers rights on the Ohio AFL-CIO website.
- Keep up with the effort to repeal S.B. 5 on the We Are Ohio website.
Media coverage and other links
Ballot language for Senate Bill 5 approved after hours-long meeting, The Plain Dealer
Secretary Of State Husted Certifies Signatures For Referendum On Senate Bill 5, Ohio SOS Press Release
SB 5 outlook looks grim in latest poll, Columbus Dispatch
Faith-based leaders blast Senate Bill 5, Tribune Chronicle
Update on Ohio efforts to repeal SB 5, Daily Kos
Kasich signs SB5, but fight isn't over, Columbus Dispatch
Ohio Democrats feeling revived, Cincinnati.com
Ohio Town Sees Public Job as Only Route to Middle Class, New York Times
Does Ohio really hope to save itself by turning its public labor unions into the enemy?, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Teachers, local officials may lose ability to negotiate work contracts under bill," Dayton Daily News
"Crowd descends on Ohio Statehouse to protest changes to collective bargaining," Cleveland Plain Dealer