** Isn't it curious that State Rep. Nan A. Baker (Republican) supports and voted for SB 5 but has not suggested that members of the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives take pay cuts? Isn't she interested in "shared sacrifice" or does that only pertain to other people? In her opinion piece in the Westlakebayvillageobserver, Baker said that passing SB 5 will have a "....positive impact it will have on public employees...."
Really? Is Baker is trying to convince voters that firefighters, police officers, teachers, nurses, and public employees will feel good about no longer having a voice in their workplaces? Does it make Baker feel better to be responsible for pushing forward a bill that takes away the rights of workers to discuss their own safety and staffing? Shame. Shame. Shame.
* What do you know? CBS MoneyWatch has a report about Ohio's public employees:
Opponents of Ohio's embattled new collective bargaining law rolled out evidence on Tuesday that they say shows public employees already have saved taxpayers more than $1 billion since 2008 by giving up raises and some benefits.
A report commissioned by Protecting Ohio Protectors — a coalition of police and fire unions — says state employees alone saved Ohio $350 million with wage freezes, furlough days and increased health care payments.
"The report shows that collective bargaining works," said Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio president Jay McDonald....