Dayton Business Journal: Fire fighters attack ‘anti-union’ bills in Ohio, Fla., Wis.

March 7, 2011- The International Association of Fire Fighters is ramping up its fight against proposed changes to collective bargaining for public workers.

On Monday, the union announced it was buying additional newspaper and television advertising in Ohio and Florida to defend the rights of fire fighters and paramedics to bargain with their employers. Wisconsin also is a state that has pending legislation to limit collective bargaining for public workers.

There’s a vicious campaign going on against public employees, a concerted effort by politicians beholden to rich corporations, said IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger, in a statement.

Schaitberger will be in Columbus Monday and Tuesday, rallying with public safety and service workers all across the state. The Fire Fighters union is holding a rally at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Columbus at the state Capitol.

Print ads are running in the Columbus Dispatch, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Cincinnati Enquirer, and a 30-second spot will be introduced at a press event on Monday.

In Ohio, Senate Bill 5 changes the collective bargaining process for state and local government employees, allowing public workers to negotiate only on issues related to wages, hours, terms and conditions of employment. The bill also prohibits public employees from striking, and bill proponents claim its provisions will give state and local governments more flexibility over their budgets, especially during a time of fiscal crisis.


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