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UPDATE: House Committee Votes to Amend Senate Bill 5

Posted in Legislation, SERB
Today, the Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee considered amendments to Senate Bill 5.  According to a report in The Columbus Dispatch, some of the changes considered include: Giving public employees the right to refuse to pay "fair share" fees to unions. Making some changes to impasse resolution mechanisms, primarily by providing an option of a public referendum on … Continue Reading

UPDATE: Senate Bill 5 Clears Ohio Senate

Posted in Legislation, SERB
Senate Bill 5, the legislation that would substantially reform the public employee collective bargaining system in Ohio, has passed the Ohio Senate.  It now moves on to the Ohio House of Representatives for consideration. The bill that passed in the Senate was significantly different from the bill originally introduced by its sponsor, Senator Shannon Jones … Continue Reading

UPDATE: Public Sector Bargaining Rights Battle Rages

Posted in SERB
The headline on our last post certainly seems apt now.  A battle truly has erupted — and not just here in Ohio – over the issue of public sector employee collective bargaining rights.  Wisconsin also confronts the issue; coverage of that dispute is easy enough to come by, but here is a recent example.  Michigan, however, … Continue Reading

The Battle Over Public Sector Collective Bargaining Begins

Posted in SERB
On February 9, 2011, Senator Shannon Jones (R – Springboro) introduced Senate Bill 5.  It contains significant changes to Ohio’s State Employment Relations Act, the law that governs public employee labor/management relations.  Labor unions decried the proposal, and hundreds of union members appeared at the initial hearing of the bill. The law amends several provisions of the Ohio … Continue Reading

SERB Modifies Mail Ballot Procedure

Posted in SERB
In late 2009, SERB published its rules regarding the use of mail ballots in public employer labor elections.  The rules were effective in early 2010.  Accompanying the rules was a procedural summary describing how SERB intended to implement its mail ballot rule.  Mail ballots were a new procedure for SERB at the time, but one that had been used before by the … Continue Reading

Change on the Way for Ohio Public Employers?

Posted in SERB
In a press conference yesterday afternoon, Governor-Elect John Kasich discussed Ohio’s public sector bargaining process.  The comments suggest that change may be on the horizon when it comes to binding interest arbitration for certain public employees. Ohio law presently limits the right of certain employees to strike.  These employees typically hold safety sensitive positions, like police … Continue Reading