Organized labor pulled out all the stops in the Ohio governor's race last year on behalf for former Gov. Ted Strickland, D. They lost. And now that Republicans control both houses of the state legislature (Senate, 23-10, House 59-40), a new bill in the state Senate might create some serious problems for their cash flow, and thus for the state Democratic Party:
Collective bargaining would be eliminated for state workers and reformed for employees of local governments under the proposal, which also includes changes to teachers’ contracts and benefits, bargaining timelines, layoff procedures and binding arbitration rules for police and firefighters....Meetings are planned for Feb. 15 and Feb. 17 to discuss the bill.
With so many states facing dire budget situations, and Republicans in control in so many states, expect to see this reform enacted elsewhere. Labor unions make theoretical sense in the private sector, but government workers don't need to be given special rights to organize against taxpayers.