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Ohio fire fighters march to the Ohio Statehouse to rally against SB5

Kasich has not been a friend to Ohio’s public safety workers over the past four years, fire fighters especially.  In 2011, he championed Senate Bill 5, which would have stripped fire fighters of the ability to bargain for salary, safety equipment and staffing levels.   And in his two biennium budgets, Kasich cut over $1.8 Billion to local governments.

These drastic funding cuts have forced many cities and towns to raise local taxes through EMS and fire levies.  Bucyrus, Canton Township, Defiance, Mansfield, Violet Township, Sheffield Lake, Bath Township, Conneuat, Delphos and Moraine all passed new fire levies.  Others weren’t so lucky, like Franklin Township, Clearcreek and Jefferson Township, who all saw their levies fail.

Other cities have sought temporary SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grants from the federal government.  Cincinnati, for example, was able to hire over 100 fire fighters using an $8 million SAFER grant last year.   Fostoria, Steubenville, Cleveland Heights and Tiffin have also been able to maintain staffing because of federal grants.  Marion passed a levy and received a grant.   Unfortunately, this is only a temporary solution.  When the grant money runs out, the cities will be facing the same Kasich-caused budget problems as before.

Other cities were forced to layoff fire fighters.  Middletown is looking at laying off 15 fire fighters.  Hamilton cut two fire houses and 18 fire fighters.  Findlay laid off at least 8.  And Warren is currently looking at layoffs.   And this doesn’t even count the cities who have have not filled positions left empty through retirement.

Kasich’s policies and decisions have hurt fire departments and fire fighters around Ohio, and if he earns a second term, things will only get worse.  Fire fighters from around the state made it clear last week that there wouldn’t stand for that, when they gathered at the IAFF 52nd convention in Cincinnati last week and endorsed Ed FitzGerald for Governor of Ohio.

In a speech to delegates, FitzGerald attacked Kasich for cutting funding to local governments, and promised to fight any attacks on labor if elected.   “Number one, you’re never going to see something like Senate Bill 5 happen again in this state,” said FitzGerald. “Secondly, you’re never going to see right-to-work in this state as long as I’m governor – guaranteed!”

IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger vowed to “help Ed lay off John Kasich just as Kasich and his policies have helped to lay off fire fighters in Ohio.”   “When we say we’re all in, we’re all in,” he said.

Evangelize!
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  • john curry

    I know a whole bunch of police officers and fire fighters who remember SB 5…and…. a few educators. Note I said “a few?” Teachers sometimes are their own worst enemies and will vote the Republican ticket even though it was the Republicans who sponsored SB 5 in the first place. When I tell some of them this they look at me with that “deer in the headlight” gaze! It’s a damn shame they are that ignorant! A retired educator.

  • McGyver9

    Yeah…elect another lib governor to run the state back down the crapper…you people are so myopic…me,me,me….

  • goofproof

    Don’t need to. Kasich already has.

  • goofproof

    That is somewhat true, but educators are getting it from Dems and Republicans. If it isn’t Bill Gates funded Arne Duncan anti-teacher schemes, it is the clown show in Ohio. Few teachers really think education is improving in Ohio under Kasich’s policies. Most of the public does not even know what Common Core is. And police and fire will vote Repub over issues like guns or religion. Republicans actually think Kasich is creating more jobs when Ohio ranks near the bottom in job growth, if they even know JobsOhio is secret and takes state money. Plenty to go around.

  • john curry

    Yes, Arne has been a real disappointment. How can a Secretary of Education get appointed to his job and not even have a degree in education or have ever taught even one day in a classroom? Gates doesn’t surprise me. The one that really frosted my cake was when Rahm Emanuel (supposedly a Democrat) got elected mayor and had his pals (also supposedly Democrats but really DINO’s) take over public
    education in Chicago by starting charter schools all over the city. That is totally bassackwards!

  • dmoore2222

    The girls will take care of old Frakin John. Police and firefighters will just be the icing on the cake.

  • dmoore2222

    Oh, yeah. Let’s go back to republican leadership that got us into two costly wars and an economic crash which decimated Ohio. Maybe the rich people will trickle a little down to the rest of us after they get finished hiding their income oversees, like old Mitt. Oh, wait a minute. I forgot. JobsOhio will save us. No?

  • dmoore2222

    Oh, yeah. Let’s go back to republican leadership that got us into two costly wars and an economic crash which decimated Ohio. Maybe the rich people will trickle a little down to the rest of us after they get finished hiding their income oversees, like old Mitt. Oh, wait a minute. I forgot. JobsOhio will save us. No?

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