Dear fellow tax hikers, we strongly oppose the efforts of our enemy, State Senator Shannon Jones, to reform Ohio's collective bargaining laws. Her bill - SB5 - would do terrible things like restrict the bargaining power of state employees to challenge the decisions made by our elective officials, force employees to pay at least 20% of their health care costs, and eliminate the controversial practice of binding arbitration that can force elected officials to grant wage and benefits increases against their will.
This bill represents the dangerous ideology of Shannon Jones and other conservatives who think that we should cut spending instead of raise taxes. With Ohio facing an $8 billion budget shortfall, the last thing our state needs to do is get its spending under control. We must raise taxes now! If our Michelle Schneider was in this Senate seat, we would never have seen this bill. Michelle Schneider would be raising taxes, not reform collective bargaining.
We applaud State Senator Bill Seitz for his criticisms of this conservative bill. He is right that it gives too much power to "management". Management means the people we elect or their designees.
We do not want the people, the officials they elect, or their designated representatives to have power over our tax dollars. We want that power in the hands of the labor unions. Say no to Shannon Jones and SB5. Power to the unions!