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Rep. Budish 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

4/8/2014, 4:27 p.m.

State Rep. Armond Budish (D-Beachwood) 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.

“Three years ago I helped lead the effort to protect the rights of workers to come together to bargain collectively, and the public overwhelmingly responded

by repealing Senate Bill 5,” said Rep. Budish. “But the attacks on workers’ rights are not yet over, and we must remain vigilant in order to preserve our

middle class here in Ohio.”

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.

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, states with so-called “Right to Work” restrictions on the books have lower wages across the board and higher workplace safety violations, including higher numbers of workplace fatalities when compared to states without such legislation.