Legislation & Politics

Last month, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he wouldn't make a show of signing the law that would decimate the collective-bargaining rights of public employees.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio lawmakers have had their chance to vote on a bill limiting collective bargaining rights for 350,000 public workers across the state. Next will be the public's turn.

Ohio voters disapprove of Gov. John Kasich's performance. They don't like his push to gut collective bargaining for public employees. The budget he rolled out last week is regarded as unfair. His plan to sell several Ohio prisons gets thumbs down, too.

The bill, proposed by the Republican administration, would affect all public employees in the state, not just teachers. Colloquially called the collective bargaining bill, SB 5 would prohibit state agencies and schools from bargaining with their employees. It would also prevent public employers from paying employee contributions to the five state retirement plans.

Republican Gov. John Kasich is getting off to a rocky start with Ohio voters who don’t think much of the governor’s budget proposal and also frown on the curbs to public employee collective bargaining that Kasich supports.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new poll of Ohio voters shows many oppose a bill that would limit bargaining by public employee unions and ban them from striking.

A majority of Ohio voters oppose a bill to restrict collective bargaining by government employees and disapprove of Governor John Kasich’s job performance, a Quinnipiac University poll showed.

MARION, Ohio — Gov. John Kasich says a plan to privatize five Ohio prisons could bring in about $200 million for the state, but some are expressing concern about the proposal and its potential impact on jobs and safety.

GRAFTON — Local officials and prison workers are eager to learn if Ohio Gov. John Kasich has plans to privatize Grafton Correctional Institution in his state budget proposal being unveiled today.

GRAFTON — Union workers and state officials protested Monday at Grafton Correctional Institution, which could be sold by the state.

Dayton- On the heels of Governor John Kasich announcing his budget plan, some local residents are voicing their concerns about their future.

One day before the governor's budget proposal, a battle is brewing over jobs. They all work on the Health Science campus at the University of Toledo and they are bracing for the worst.

Tuesday, Mr. Kasich will get his chance to make good on his promise as he proposes a two-year budget that is likely to be heavy on privatization of what are now government services, set up a showdown with the powerful nursing home lobby over the future of long-term care in Ohio, and cut everything from human services and local governments to K-12 schools and universities.

CHILLICOTHE - Car horns blared and people chanted "kill the bill" as several hundred rallied outside the Ross County Courthouse on Saturday.

Ohio Representative Armond Budish said if bolting the state would stall a bill restricting collective-bargaining rights for public employees, he’d do it “in a heartbeat.”

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio's House speaker says lawmakers are carefully considering legislation to limit collective bargaining for public workers and he's not setting a schedule for the bill to move through the Republican-led House.

MARION -- A resolution calling on the state's governor and lawmakers to stop efforts to restrict collective bargaining rights has the votes to gain City Council approval

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio --  At a press event held inside 20 Federal Place Wednesday, Betras fired salvo after salvo at Humphries for the chamber's support of Senate Bill 5, a measure intended to severely curtail the ability of public-sector labor unions to bargain collectively in Ohio.

ELYRIA — Elyria City Council unanimously voted Monday night to send a resolution to Gov. John Kasich opposing Senate Bill 5.

A contingent of union officials representing prison workers arrived in Columbus on Tuesday to hear Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech, only to learn that a report was circulating that the Grafton Correctional Institution would be sold to a private vendor.

The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce is one of the few groups locally that supports Senate Bill 5, which would drastically alter collective bargaining for Ohio's public employees.

As the Ohio state House prepares to take up the controversial collective bargaining and union rights provisions contained in the just-passed state Senate Bill 5, union supporters and Democrats are looking ahead to a battle that will put the legislation in the hands of people they say are on their side: the voters of Ohio.

COLUMBUS, OHIO - State Republicans took the toughest line yet against public-sector unions this week, delivering an early and significant victory for a slew of lawmakers elected in November.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After three weeks of raucous debate that drew thousands of protesters to the state Capitol, the Ohio Senate on Wednesday approved by the slimmest margin possible a bill that would drastically reduce collective bargaining rights for Ohio's public workers.

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