April 1, 2011- Ohio Governor John Kasich yesterday signed into law a bill aimed at limiting the collective bargaining rights of some 350,000 public employees. And according to the New York Times, the law is even harsher than the one backed by the Wisconsin GOP.
It is perhaps surprising that Ohio faced more limited public demonstrations considering that its bill, which Gov. John R. Kasich signed Thursday, goes further than Wisconsin’s in several important ways.
While both laws severely limit public employees’ ability to bargain collectively — they both prohibit any bargaining over health coverage and pensions — the Ohio law largely eliminates bargaining for the police and firefighters. Wisconsin’s law leaves those two groups’ bargaining rights untouched. Ohio’s law also gives city councils and school boards a free hand to unilaterally impose their side’s final contract offer when management and union fail to reach a settlement.
This is truly vile stuff, and it's flying under the radar for many Americans who may not realize that the union-busting ways of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker are spreading around the country.