Thursday, June 30, 2011

Myths about collective bargaining and SB 5

Yesterday, Ohio unions filed over 1 million signatures to put a repeal of Senate Bill 5, the collective bargaining reform bill, on the ballot. There already has been, and will continue to be, distortions about what the bill contains and what its impact on Ohio, Ohio taxpayers and unions will be.

The Buckeye Institute has done some terrific work laying out the 'myths' and clarifying SB 5. Just recently, they released a short video that explains The Fifteen Myths of Collective Bargaining. These are from their works released over the past several weeks, Five More Myths About Collective Bargaining and Senate Bill 5 and the Top Ten Myths About Collective Bargaining and Senate Bill 5.

Please read and watch - and then share with family, friends and neighbors. It is likely, with over a million signatures, that the repeal will be on the ballot in November and we need every voter informed on the issue.

To view the video visit

To view the five new myths click here.

For the original ten myths click here.


Mad Jack said...

Question: Here we have myth 6:

Myth #6: SB5 takes away the ability of government workers to collectively bargain.

Reality: SB5 preserves the ability of government workers to collectively bargain over wages and other key issues. SB5 merely restores taxpayers’ rights to an efficient and effective government...

This seems ambiguous to me. If collective bargaining isn't removed entirely how is SB5 restoring the right to an efficient government? Knowing that both sides on this argument will exaggerate and resort to hyperbola, where does the real truth lie? Is collective bargaining being removed?

Maggie said...

Mad Jack - the legislation limits what things can be bargained for. For instance, the ability to bargain over insurance is eliminated, leaving the control of what can/can't be offered up to the governmental entity. Public sector unions can't try to get more things covered (like fertility treatments, for instance). In most instances, the items covered under insurance are used as bargaining chips. The union might bargain for such things as fertility treatments, and either get them or 'give them up' in exchange for something else they wanted.

The limit on bargain-able items is what restores some control to taxpayers as 'everything' isn't on the table every 2-3 years.

Or that's the thought....

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