Ohio House passes SB 5, collective bargaining bill
|Shannon Jones William Batchelder|
Jones is the original sponsor of the bill.
Batchelder is Speaker of the House.
By Tyler Millhouse
COLUMBUS, Ohio: On Wednesday, March 30, Senate Bill 5 passed the Ohio House of Representatives by a margin of 53-44. The house-modified bill has now been referred back to the senate where it must be approved before being sent to the Governor's desk. Most notably, the house bill prevents unions from charging "fair share" dues to employees who opt out.
The bill will impact the state's 400,000 public workers, restricting their ability to strike and collectively bargain. As it stands, the bill would only permit public employees to collectively bargain for wages, preventing them from collectively bargaining for health insurance and pensions. The bill would also prohibit all public employees from striking and could increase employee contributions for pensions and healthcare.
Governor John Kasich (R) argues the bill is not an attempt to eliminate unions, but rather is aimed at restoring "balance to the system." Kasich expects the bill to save the state $8 billion dollars and help close the state's budget gap. Opponents, however, argue that the bill unfairly targets the middle class and plan to challenge the bill with a state referendum.
Update: March 31, 2011
- Ohio State Senate
- Ohio House of Representatives
- Governor of Ohio
- Ohio Collective Bargaining Limit Repeal (2011)
- Cincinnati, "Ohio House approves Senate Bill 5," March 30, 2011
- Cleveland.com, "Opponents, supporters gear up for Senate Bill 5 referendum," March 30, 2011
- New York Times, "Ohio Senate Approves Union Bill," March 2, 2011
- Wall Street Journal, "Ohio Senate Passes Bill Curbing Bargaining," March 2, 2011
- Hubson Hud Times, "What would Senate Bill 5 do?," February 27, 2011
- CNN "Ohio governor says collective bargaining bill not meant to kill unions," February 21, 2011
- CNN, "Bill restricting public-sector unions passes in Ohio," March 31, 2011
- Columbus Dispatch, "Kasich signs SB5, but fight isn't over," April 1, 2011