Rep. Clyde Remembers SB 5, Remains Vigilant Of Policies That Hurt Working Ohioans
Three year anniversary of Gov. Kasich signing SB 5 into law sees new challenges
March 31, 2014
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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) reflected on the GOP-led passage of Senate Bill 5 today, marking the three year anniversary of Gov. Kasich signing the bill into law. The law ended the rights of Ohio employees-- educators, firefighters, police officers, prison guards, school employees, healthcare professionals and others—to collectively bargain for fair wages and safe work conditions. Ultimately, SB 5 was overwhelmingly overturned by a citizen-led repeal.

“Today marks the third anniversary of the passage of Senate Bill 5, one of the most blatant attacks on middle class families and workers in Ohio’s history,” said Rep. Clyde. “The fact that we are living in a state where public employees have collective bargaining rights today is a testament to the hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who marched, rallied and ultimately struck down SB 5 when it was put before the people for a vote.”

Senate Bill 5 was widely panned as a politically driven attack, using the GOP’s stranglehold of state government to push through the attack on workers’ rights even in the face of vast public opposition. During the bill’s consideration, mounting public scrutiny of GOP motivations behind SB5 resulted in large Statehouse protests and impromptu closures of the Statehouse to the public—leading Democratic lawmakers to threaten legal action to reopen the Statehouse.

“Attacks on workers have not gone away, but what is clear is that Ohioans want their government to strengthen the middle class, not tear it apart with hyper-partisan policies that hurt workers,” added Rep. Clyde.

This General Assembly, the Ohio GOP has revived attacks on workers’ rights to collectively bargain with two so-called “Right to Work” bills.

Research has shown that so-called “Right to work” restrictions strip workers of their rights and actually bring down wages and living standards in states where they are enacted. Aside from employees’ voices being collectively weakened,  so-called “Right to Work” restrictions have been widely criticized as giving unchecked power to large, multinational corporations.

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