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Supreme Court Deals Blow to Public Sector Unions

Posted in Union Membership
In a close decision earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to unions representing government employees. The case, Harris v. Quinn, dealt with an effort in Illinois to permit unions to organize a group of individuals who provide services to those who are unable to live in their own homes without assistance. Under the… 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

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

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

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