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Ohio residents are angry at the collective bargaining bill. CC by U.S. Congress/Wikimedia Commons

According to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, reform of the state’s collective bargaining agreement is necessary. reports that this has failed to endear Gov. Kasich to supporters of organized labor in the state. Approximately 1,800 protesters showed up at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus in order to voice their displeasure with Senate Bill 5, which would radically alter collective bargaining rights.

Conditions of work change with collective bargaining

Struggles between labor and management have been ubiquitous throughout the history of commerce in the U.S. and other nations. The wages, health, training and hours can all be determined by union involvement. This is what collective bargaining allows. The labor contract between an employer and one or more unions is set with a collective bargaining agreement.

An Ohio class war

A 27-year-old labor contract would be reformed, or undone, with Ohio Senate Bill 5, which is supported by Republican Sen. Shannon Jones of Springboro. If Ohio is going offer its taxpaying citizens help with the declining state revenue, something has to be done, according to Gov. Kasich and other Ohio Senate Republicans.

Ohio public workers, state employees and labor leaders, on the other hand, see things quite differently. In their view, Senate Bill 5 amounts to a frontal assault on unions and organized labor in general. Most of the time, Democratic candidates are backed with funds by the state unions. That is why Ohio workers believe Republicans are creating Senate bill 5 as a backlash. Labor unions would be broken apart and stripped down, amounting to a shift in power. The power to negotiate would no longer exist for the working class. It would be more difficult for workers to take care of themselves during life’s economic surprises with the pay and benefit restrictions, which in turn would lead to more business for short term lending organizations.

Support on collective bargaining from Tea Party

Thursday, the testimony on Ohio Senate Bill 5 continued. It went very late, though. In addition to Gov. Kasich, who is a vocal critic of Ohio’s collective bargaining law as it stands, numerous supporters of the bill spoke before the legislature. There will also be 2 dozen opponents to speak of their views on Senate Bill 5.

The Tea Party wants to support the 1,800-strong worker revolt against collective bargaining as well, reports local WKSU radio station. The rally had Tea Party activists involved.

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