HolyCoast: Ohio Voters Backed Big Labor in November and Now Realize They've Shot Themselves in the Foot

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ohio Voters Backed Big Labor in November and Now Realize They've Shot Themselves in the Foot

It's not fatal...yet:
What a difference a month makes.

On November 8, over 60 percent of Ohio voters shot down SB 5, the law designed to save school budgets by limiting the collective bargaining privileges of school employee unions.

Like their Big Labor brethren, teacher unions rejoiced over SB 5’s demise. They knew that their expensive collective bargaining agreements – stuffed full of automatic pay raises, free or low cost health insurance, sick day payouts and retirement bonuses – were safe.

One month later, Ohio communities are beginning to see just what SB 5’s defeat means for their local public schools. With collective bargaining alive and well, school boards can no longer hope to control labor costs, which typically consume 75 percent of a district’s budget.

Instead, many school officials are left with only painful solutions to their districts’ budget woes: laying off young teachers, increasing class sizes, cutting academic programs, and raising pay-to-play fees on students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities.

In other words, Ohio’s families can soon expect to pay more in school taxes and fees, for less education. That’s the reality of Big Labor’s victory over SB 5.
There's ore at the link.

Had they paid any attention at all to the successes that have occurred in Wisconsin due to Gov. Scott Walker's labor reform measures they never would have voted to keep empowering public employee unions at the expense of students.

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