Judge, Jury, and Executioner

March 3rd, 2011

Inspired by Ohio Senate approves bill that weakens public employee union negotiating rights (WashingtonPost.com 3/02/11 17:00). 

“Toledo firefighters gave up $3.2 million in concessions alone. That’s why we negotiate. That’s what we gave them back.” — 22-year Toledo fire department veteran Dan Desmond
 
“This is a wonderful compromise. By going to the legislative body, the elected officials who ultimately are responsible for the budgets and the taxpayers’ money will be the ultimate decision-makers.” – bill author Republican State Sen. Shannon Jones regarding replacement of binding arbitration by a neutral third party with “arbitration” by the State General Assembly or local city councils
 
“I’m non anti-union, as the unions insist.
I just want to take away their reason to exist.” – Ohio Gov. John Kasich (paraphrased)

 

The (once) Great State of Ohio

Has become the second domino.


The bill was introduced his week and has been debated for mere days,

The speed of which has left opponents in a daze.


It’s somewhat less draconian than an earlier version

In that it constitutes a slightly smaller collective bargaining incursion.


(Government workers can negotiate on wages, hours, and other specified conditions,

But negotiation for pensions and benefits is subject to prohibitions.)


The measure goes further than Wisconsin’s, which exempted firefighters and police:

In Ohio, full collective bargaining for all public unions would cease.


The measure also includes elimination

Of binding neutral party arbitration.


That’s because arbitrators too regularly for the unions rule

Instead of being management’s compliant tool.


The General Assembly and local city councils will now “resolve” disputes

Even though they with one of the parties are in cahoots.


Of course, they would never hold an anti-union grudge

When ruling on complaints against themselves as sole jury and judge.


Six GOP Senators voted against the bill, which passed by one vote,

Which doesn’t great public or political support denote.


The bill is expected to pass in the General Assembly

(Thank God workers still have the right of public assembly).


Judge, jury, and it should come as no stunner

That the GOP hopes to be the union’s executioner.

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Here’s Lawrence O’Donnell reporting today on the Ohio Senate passage of Ohio’s anti-busting bill by a series of Ohio Republican dirty tricks.

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Here’s Gov. Kaskich opining about how he’s not really anti-union.

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