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Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Restrict Public Unions

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: usa, politics, freedoms, government, dishonesty, news, u.s. )

- 3029 days ago -
The bargaining rights of public workers in Ohio would be dramatically reduced and strikes would be banned under a bill narrowly passed by the state Senate on Wednesday.


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Barbara Erdman (63)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 9:30 pm
noted and thanx Cal :0

Lisa H (180)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 12:33 am
Sickening! RECALL THEM ALL!!

- M (24)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 12:42 am
Europe is known to follow the US in many respects but, oh boy, I do hope not in this one!

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 1:08 am
This is so wrong... the vote was manipulated by getting rid of those Republicans who would vote against it.

Carol H (229)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 3:50 am
very very wrong! noted

Brittany D (28)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 8:59 am
Oh my gosh! This is very wrong.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 9:33 am
Anyone that cares about workers rights needs to take to the streets and let it be known: WORKERS RIGHTS ARE EVERYONE'S RIGHTS. We will not let our rights be stolen from us by politicians in bed with big business.

Mike S (86)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 9:53 am
Noted and thank you Cal.

Samantha Skywalker (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 10:26 am
This attack on american workers says it all. The Republican / Conservative parties in this country are the true job destroyers. They are not the friend of working americans, only the wealthy elitists , such as the Koch brothers. I certainly hope voters wise up and oust these "profit over people" conservatives in the next election and keep them out.

. (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 11:59 am
It makes me sick to say I live in Ohio.......what next on the Agenda? I grew up believing that government was "for the people", not against the people, everyday it's something else...........noted and thank you

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 12:00 pm
Perhaps the world needs something more modern than unions, which seem better suited to the 1930s than then 21st century. Maybe, a return to guilds? Guilds which could be responsible for training, educating and caring for their own members, as well as finding them work (as a central sourcing point, since the labor market is incredibly inelastic and full of friction). Of course, trying to have a rational, fact-based argument in the current environment is pretty much impossible. Tensions are high, and people have chosen their sides. A reasonable argument is not going to change that at this stage of the game. I suppose this is why aging tends to make one more conservative- you've seen the cycle too many times to really believe the pipe dreams and long-term promises will work.

karl k (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 12:58 pm
i think it's time that we all have the same playing field .DON'T YOU?

Morris G. (18)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 3:27 pm
What is interesting is the negative comment against business and corporations in the comments. These are PUBLIC government employees not corporate employees.

Patricia Geller (34)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 3:38 pm
This is so wrong!! I knew anarchy was coming, but this is getting scary. People will not put up with this for the long term.

Yvonne W (229)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 4:37 pm
Public government employees should be able to form Unions, because we Serve the public, even though we're paid through the State! The State Government seems to get automatic raises & Healthcare, special pensions, etc., etc.. but Public Employees of that same government do not! I got Healthcare this year, after 14 years - all the while my Representatives, Governor, etc. HAD Healthcare, Pensions, and a Much Better Salary!!!
Screw Politicians, start electing Public Employees!!!!

Janet R (38)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 5:19 pm
I hope this doesn't sound crazy but I am beginning to think that the Republiicans are trying to kill Americans. They are doing everything they can to deny us clean air, clean water, safe food, jobs, and affordable healthcare. Workers rights and women's rights are on the line. These elected officials think they know what is right for us but it isn't any of the BS they are trying to get pased. This is really making me sick.

Sir Walk F (124)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 6:53 pm
Welcome to the steady march to the Bottom, America. People like Chomsky have been warning of this since the 90's.

Nita N (20)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 6:53 pm
this is a very sad day.Most people in Ohio did NOT support this bill, and our representatives KNEW that. Also, Gov Kasich said nothing about this when he was campaigning and I find that dishonest. I'm afraid this decision will encourage other governors in their attacks against unions.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 4, 2011, 9:10 am
The workers of Ohio are going to have to brave the harsh winter weather and take to the streets. They need to let their state government know that there will be no business as usual until their rights as workers are restored.

Linda G (187)
Friday March 4, 2011, 5:50 pm
Republican governors and politicians are becoming dictators and their actions are not far removed from those corrupt regimes that are being overthrown in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and elsewhere. They say one thing to get into office and then act as though they are supreme beings and we their serfs.
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