Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ohio Voters Reject Public-Union Limits

Voters on Tuesday defeated a substantially limits the teachers, police and other public sector workers and trade union representatives of the power law. The law would deprive the country's 350,000 most of the right to collective bargaining and forced workers to pay for their medical care costs of at least 15% of public sector employees. Precincts reporting, 97%, 61% of voters in the referendum voted against, while 39% support, Republicans support the law, known as Senate Bill 5

Beyond the Ohio vote was closely watched in other countries have been debating whether control in the public unions, to help the government cut wages and benefits expenses. Trade unions are faced with the newly elected Republican majority in each country this year, bruising battle. In Wisconsin, lawmakers passed a law to restrict trade union rights, but they did not do in Indiana.

Ohio law is passed by the legislature and the governor, John Kasich, a Republican, signed earlier this year. But opponents get enough voter signatures to force a public vote, to enter into force.

"Obviously, people's speech, said:" Mr. Kasich. He said he will continue to work with local governments facing budget challenges, but he warned that there would be "no bailout" because "there is no money."

Republican House Speaker William Batchelder predictable elements of the law more palatable, such as health insurance and pensions, raising the minimum contribution may be re-examined after the dust settles.

Some Republicans say the party passed a bill in the promotion of access to a broader public consensus before overreached. Despite the feelings of many voters, some members of the public workers in the private sector's sweeter than the transaction, the law also hurt sympathy "first response", such as police and firefighters.

Another factor is the heavy spending by the strong trade unions. The country's largest union spent nearly $ 30 million, to repeal the law. This is a Republican affiliated groups support the law more than twice the amount spent. Mr. Kasich across the country over the past week, that the law will protect jobs, to assist local governments to cut labor costs and avoid service cuts or tax increases. Unions argue that the restriction of bargaining wages, hours and under certain conditions of employment is unfair and may endanger the public safety unions if the citizens can no longer take more than the number of police personnel issues such as bargaining. They are opposed to other changes, such as banning strikes, making it more difficult to collect union dues out of workers.

Out of these two messages resonate with voters in a middle class community, the state capital in Columbus Day (Tuesday). Frederick, a 30-year-old near an industrial laundry in favor of the law's manager, said: "John," ... everyone's cut, you see not really taking the average Qiaomei Guo workers are cutting government employees.

However, many voters sided with the union. "Firefighters and teachers to pay is ridiculous, and" Heather said Rees, 25, at Ohio State University students, who voted to repeal the law.

A union-supported non-profit organization called us from Ohio, U.S. federal, state, county and municipal employees to fight the law of these donors $ 23 million. National Education Association, which represents 128,000 teachers in the state, spent $ 10.2 million television advertising and other costs.


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