This report offers our initial analysis of Senate Bill 5, legislation aimed at eliminating collective bargaining rights for public employee, which was passed by the Ohio Senate on March 2, 2011.
We conclude that SB5 offers a “reform” package that does little to erase the projected $8 billion budget hole. Its true impact would be exposing police, fire, highway patrol, teachers and nurses to unsafe working conditions; subjecting public employees to an unfair, predetermined process for setting wages; making older workers vulnerable to layoffs without remedy and creating punitive measures against public employees, including imprisonment and fine
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Ohio’s path to economic prosperity begins in the classroom. Our leaders must work together to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs, rather than pursue an ill-advised assault on collective bargaining justified by the false claim that teachers’ ability to negotiate wages and benefits has contributed to Ohio’s projected budget deficit.
The opposite is true. During the depths of the Great Recession, Ohio teachers made great financial sacrifices – among the largest in the country. They also served as willing partners in reforming how educators are evaluated and compensated and their efforts in the classroom have resulted in improved student outcomes.
In short, Ohio’s teachers have worked with school districts and the state to make Ohio schools better and our education system more financially sustainable.
If our political leaders fail to recognize these realities, they risk undermining and trading long-term success for minor short-term state budget gains. In fact, research shows that eliminating or effectively crippling the state’s collective bargaining system will be as likely to add to state and local budget woes as cure them.Press Release: Innovation Ohio Says Facts Don’t Support Senate Bill 5Read the report (PDF).