The people of Ohio just voted to give labor unions the pin number to their checking account. That is what will happen when the public employee labor unions (teachers, police, fire, state, and municipal) look to the taxpayers for money to bail them out of the union’s unfunded benefits. And when that fails, they will petition Washington to bail them out. That’s when they’ll have your pin number.
With labor-lubricated forces spending more than $30 million to only $9 million spent by the Kasich team, 63% of Ohio voters rejected the same reforms that they enacted earlier this year: banning strikes by all 350,000 state government workers, outlawing collective bargaining among state employees, forcing more meritocratic calculations on pay for state employees, reducing workers’ sick leave and limiting time-off to five days a week, and requiring all public employees to pay 15% of their health care premiums and 10% of their salaries toward pensions.
UPDATE 4:30pm: You might ask, how Ohio voters could have approved this, given that the Obamacare mandate was shot down by a similar margin? All you need to do is to look at the ballot the voters were shown.
REFERENDUM ON NEW LAW RELATIVE TO GOVERNMENT UNION CONTRACTS AND OTHER GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS AND POLICIES
A majority yes vote is necessary for Amended Substitute Senate Bill No. 5 to be approved. Amended Substitute Senate Bill No. 5 is a new law relative to government union contracts and other government employment contracts and policies.
A “YES” vote means you approve the law.
A “NO” vote means you reject the law.
YES (To approve the law)
NO (To reject the law)
SHALL THE LAW BE APPROVED?
Who can make any sense of what a vote one way or the other would do? Ohio is a big labor union state. Do you think this ballot was written so vaguely, probably by BIG LABOR, to be deliberately deceptive?
One thing is for sure. The legislature is not done with this issue.
Link: Ballot Language