I can’t take it.  Now, Kasich has declared war on the public unions.

Here’s Kasich talking about public unions, strikes, and binding arbitration.  (Source: Marc Kovac at Ohio Capitol Blog):

Do you remember during the campaign when Kasich unveiled that he would institute “collective bargaining reform?”  Me, neither.

And yet, during today’s Tax Commissioner appointment announcement, Kasich unveiled a “collective bargaining reform” package in which he called for:

  • An end of the prevailing wage entirely.
  • An end of the right to public employees to strike or threaten to strike as a bargaining tactic.
  • An end of binding arbitration to resolve contract disputes between labor and management, which avoids strike.
  • Allow Kasich to go “all Reagan” on any public union that strikes by firing them.

He then ends the press conference with one of the most clearest examples of disconnect in labor history I’ve ever seen.  He talks about all the good things unions have achieved for their members right after declaring he wants to eliminate the very tools that keep those socioeconomic advances in place.

He’s vilifying the public unions as the reason cities have financial problems (despite the fact that public unions have made concession after concession to give up things they were contractually obligated to receive) while he quietly plans to eliminate or effectively cut all financial assistance the State provides local governments, which will cost the cities more than anything public unions have done.

(Incidentally, police and fire unions are already prohibited from going on strike under existing Ohio labor laws.  Binding arbitration was the legislature’s proposed remedy to give those unions a viable alternative to resolve labor-management disputes other than striking.  Now Kasich wants to eliminate both.)

In other words, he wants to eliminate the legal progress unions have made and then eliminate any tools labor has ever had to use in their negotiations with management or attempts to resolve their disputes with management.  Kasich Idiot

What could possibly go wrong, right?

In other news, I think we’ve seen how Kasich is planning to pay for that income tax cut.  Too bad much of his plan involves him eliminating tens of thousands of Ohioans incomes in the process.

Evangelize!
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  • Anonymous

    Correction, Brian, most Ohioans didn’t vote for this guy.

    But he is undoubtedly the worst Governor-elect ever.

  • Anonymous

    It’s all part of him wanting to be the Buckeye version of Chris Christie.

  • Pelikan

    Modern – In fact, under the current statewide collective bargaining agreement entered into by the Ohio Civil Service Employees Assoc. all state employees covered by OCSEA pledge not to strike:

    41.01 – Union Prohibition
    The Union does hereby affirm and agree that during the term of
    this Agreement it will not either directly or indirectly, call, sanction,
    encourage, finance or assist in any way, nor shall any employee instigate, or
    participate, either directly or indirectly, in any strike, slowdown, walkout,
    work stoppage or the withholding of services from the Employer. Nothing
    herein is intended to restrict in any way the Union’s right and ability to
    represent any member or members alleged to have violated the prohibitions
    set forth in this Section.

    State workers have already agreed not to strike! Talk first, get informed later.

  • Anonymous

    Silly me, just looking at Ohio statutes and whatnot.

    In Kasich’s defense, somewhat, it was the media that kept asking him about the right of police to strike, which showed a complete lack of understanding of the issue by the reporter.

    Pelikan, is it generally understood, though, that the OCSEA right not to strike provision is because of the availability of binding arbitration? And do you know if the other union contracts covering State employees have a similar provision?

  • Pelikan

    On binding arbitration and ‘no strike’ provisions, I think you are correct. The state of Ohio bargains with five labor unions every three years. OCSEA, which is the largest bargaining unit, normally goes first and is viewed as the ‘master contract.’ All of the labor orgs the state has agreements with have no strike provisions. They are:
    * District 1199
    * Fraternal Order of Police
    * Ohio Civil Service Employees Association
    * Ohio State Troopers Association
    * State Council of Professional Educators

  • Pelikan

    On binding arbitration and ‘no strike’ provisions, I think you are correct. The state of Ohio bargains with five labor unions every three years. OCSEA, which is the largest bargaining unit, normally goes first and is viewed as the ‘master contract.’ All of the labor orgs the state has agreements with have no strike provisions. They are:
    * District 1199
    * Fraternal Order of Police
    * Ohio Civil Service Employees Association
    * Ohio State Troopers Association
    * State Council of Professional Educators

  • Anonymous

    His father must be so proud.

  • Non-gov’t. union worker

    It’s really amazing how many taxEATERS hate kasich because he’s standing up to protect the taxPAYERS. Just goes to show how many you haters are living off the gov’t (state) tit. Go compete in the private employment marketplace and see how you perform.

  • Anonymous

    Virtually all of Kasich’s key staffers, etc. have lived off the government teet their entire lives. In fact, Kascih himself has only eight years of private sector experience, and that was a cushy jobs created for him at Lehman Brothers that he got solely by cashiering his position in Congress.

    Unlike ME, Kasich has never opened a business or been responsible for operating one.

    Kasich’s not standing up for the taxpayers. He’s waging an ideological economic war.

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