Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ohio Senate Bill 5, and Why We Need Collective Bargaining

James J. Brudney--the Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law, Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law--posted this article to the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy on April 13, 2011. It discusses what impact Ohio Senate Bill 5 will have on the state. Here is a portion:

"Ohio’s new law on collective bargaining, (Senate Bill 5) eviscerates rights for teachers, police, firefighters, and other public employees, rights that have been in place since 1983. In order to understand how this has happened, it makes sense to start with the question why should we care? Does access to collective bargaining really matter to us as Americans, beyond those workers who are represented by unions?
The short answer is an emphatic Yes. Collective bargaining is important to us as a nation for several reasons."

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