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Political scientist on Senate Bill 5
John Green examines ramifications of SB5
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Wednesday's passage of Senate Bill 5 puts the issue of collective bargaining for public workers in the hands of the Ohio House, where it’s expected to pass. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia talks with political scientist John Green about the bill's ramifications...

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The bill make strikes by teachers, firefighters, police officers and hundreds of thousands of other state and local workers illegal, punishable by jail time and fines. It eliminates automatic pay increases. And it eliminates the right of public unions to bargain for benefits.
Most Republicans echo Governor Kasich, who says those steps and other limits are essential to creating a jobs-friendly climate in Ohio by forcing unions to reduce costs. But state Sen. Tim Grendell, one of six Republicans who voted no on the bill, says it turns public workers into -- quote -- "beggars." John Green, director of the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute, says the situation is different in the private sector.

That’s John Green of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. Hearings on the collective bargaining bill begin next week in the House, where Republicans hold a 19-seat majority.
 

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