Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ohio House panel limits workers' bargaining power

Speaking of union benefits, Ohio is following Wisconsin: Ohio House panel limits workers' bargaining power

  A legislative committee approved a measure Tuesday that would limit collective bargaining rights for 350,000 Ohio government workers, a key hurdle as the state moves closer to Wisconsin-style restrictions on public employee unions.

  The Republican-controlled House Commerce and Labor Committee voted 9-6 along party lines to recommend the bill after making more than a dozen substantive changes to the legislation that was approved by the Senate.

  ...The Ohio measure would apply to public workers across the state, such as police, firefighters, teachers and state employees. They could negotiate wages and certain work conditions but not health care, sick time or pension benefits. The measure would do away with automatic pay raises and would base future wage increases on merit.

Why is that such a bad thing to some? 


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