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COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio legislative committee is nearing a vote on a bill to restrict collective bargaining for the state's 350,000 teachers, firefighters, police officers and other workers.
The revisions include a ban on public employee strikes and call for penalties if workers take part in walkouts. The bill would limit vacation and sick time.
Some 8,500 labor sympathizers turned out Tuesday to protest the measure at the Statehouse in Columbus.
Democratic lawmakers called the move union-busting. Their GOP counterparts argue it's necessary to tackle an overreach of union power they consider a road block to serious fiscal reform
"We're staying focused on reducing the cost of government and making Ohio competitive," said Republican State Sen. Shannon Jones. "The first place to start is with our own budgets."
Senate lawmakers are expected to reconvene Wednesday morning at 10a.m. ET.
Columbus firefighter Lt. David Blair said that for him, the issue is more than money.
"For me, it's about safety. Our fire gear is subject to negotiation. If they take away the tools to do our job, people will perish," he said.
Although police and firefighters are already prohibited from striking, the amendment would eliminate the right to strike for all public employees. Those who go on strike anyway would have pay deducted at the rate of twice their daily rate of pay for each day of the strike. The penalty for violating a court injunction against a strike is a fine up to $1,000, up to 30 days imprisonment, or both.
Originally posted by agentblue
reply to post by phfaty
PFATY you had me going until you brought in the reptilian stuff and you lost me. I was rooting and chanting reading your post until evil satan the reptilian underworld crap. I totally agree with the first half but didn't comprehend the second... maybe I am ignorant as to your reasoning for the reptilian reference? I'll do some research on the evil reptiles and get back with you on on whether I can coincide with the rest before I pass judgement as the validity. I believe in heaven and hell and I am a christian but the reptile human spawn doesn't ring a bell. Again thanks for the first halfedit on 2-3-2011 by agentblue because: add