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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-11 07:46 AM
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Kasich's anti-union mindset
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Gov. John Kasich's plan to end collective bargaining for public employees shows the mind-set of our new governor ("Shift of control gives GOP votes to greatly alter labor law," Feb. 11).

He comes from a world where working people are regarded as a necessary evil whose unreasonable demands for a say in their working conditions, a fair wage, and access to affordable health care are to be resisted at all costs, lest they interfere with huge bonuses and extravagant perks bestowed upon those captains of Wall Street who devastated the U.S. economy.

Ohio's collective bargaining law, in effect since 1984, is not the reason for the state's financial woes.

The existence of the law did not prevent Ohio's public employees from giving up $100 million in health benefits, and agreeing to wage freezes, furlough days, and other measures that have saved the state an additional $250 million in the current budget.

Public employees work in our communities. They see to it that our children arrive safely at school. They plow our streets, repair broken water lines in sub-zero temperatures, and put out fires.

They raise their families here, pay taxes, and purchase goods and services from local business owners.

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