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Ohio Public Employers Beware: Striker Replacement Workers’ Records Open to Public Records Request

Posted in Courts, Unions
Just under a year ago, a teachers’ strike at Strongsville City Schools ended.  The strike lasted nearly two months.  During the strike, the school board hired replacement teachers.  Throughout the strike, these replacement teachers were subject to repeated physical, verbal, and emotional harassment, threats of violence, and—in a couple of rare instances—actual violence. During the… Continue Reading

Senate Bill 5 Defeated in Statewide Balloting

Posted in Legislation
Ohio voters defeated Issue 2 yesterday by a vote of 61% to 39%.  If passed, Issue 2 would have permitted Senate Bill 5 to take effect.  According to one report, the ballot question saw the union "vote no" campaign spend heavily to achieve victory, to the tune of $24 million. While the political fallout of the… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Issue 2 Support Down in Latest Poll

Posted in Legislation
Opponents of Issue 2 — the ballot question regarding the public sector collective bargaining reform bill in Ohio — got an apparent boost from some recently released polling data.  According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll released on October 25, support for the reform law has declined.  The poll showed that 57% of Ohioans support the repeal… Continue Reading

New Poll Finds Issue 2 Gap Narrowing

Posted in Legislation
Among other ballot initiatives Ohio voters will have a chance to pass on this November is Issue 2.  It asks whether the law reforming Ohio’s public sector collective bargaining law, Senate Bill 5, should be rejected. Polls on Issue 2 have not been favorable for those who want to keep Senate Bill 5.  The gap… Continue Reading

UPDATE: S.B. 5 Opponents Clear the First Hurdle to Referendum

Posted in Legislation
Opponents of Senate Bill 5, the law that would reform Ohio’s public employee collective bargaining rules, have cleared the first hurdle in getting a referendum on the ballot in November 2011.  The first step required opponents to submit at least 1,000 signatures in support of the referendum to the Secretary of State.  Opponents were also required to… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Governor Kasich Signs Senate Bill 5

Posted in Legislation, SERB
  On March 31, 2011, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 5 into law.  Governor Kasich’s signature ends the legislative process that began earlier this year.  As is usually the case, the bill changed significantly from the beginning to the end of the process, starting out by eliminating bargaining entirely for certain state employees.  The legislative… Continue Reading

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

Gov. Elect Kasich Announces Intent to Revoke Executive Order

Posted in Union Organizing
In 2007, and again in 2008, Governor Strickland signed executive orders that significantly expanded the scope of unionization in Ohio.  The executive orders provided a legal framework for certain unions to organize independent home health care providers and home child care workers.  These are individuals who work for themselves, but obtain reimbursement from the State.  Governors… Continue Reading