Special Election Program: Two Points of View on State Issue 2

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A yes vote on Issue 2 in Ohio would put an end to collective bargaining for public employees and reduce benefits like the amount of sick days those employees can accumulate over time. The issue has been fiercely debated and protested in recent months. On this hour, All Sides hashes out the pros and cons.

Guests

  • Dana Rinehart (former Columbus mayor and proponent of Issue 2)
  • Carty Finkbeiner (former Toledo mayor and opponent of Issue 2)

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  • Bill

    The excuse for SB 5 in the first place was it was suppose to save gov. money.  So what does automatic Union dues have to do with the money cities save? It’s about Union busting and Union money to Dems.

    Bill, Columbus

  • Anonymous

    Teachers had to pay $54.00 each to fight SB 5 why no mention?

  • Anonymous

    Why should anyone who has to work until at least 67 want to pay for someone else to have a pension (80% final salary + inflation) + Free medical for decades longer than they worked! Police can retire at 45( military + peace officer time). Teachers who get summer, spring, winter break + every government holiday can retire at 52! Pension and medical of course. The basic office worker who makes up the majority of government employees get pay increase every year! Step increases, longevity increases,accruing 6 weeks of vacation, personal days, government holiday- all paid of course- what’s not to love -if you’re the one getting it. The majority of people on the paying end have no guaranteed job, pay increases, pension, medical, paid days off and they certainly can not retire at 45 or even 52! If your employer has no retirement plan you can not put away ANY money pre-tax . The majority of tax payers work for companies with tless than500 employees so why are they excluded from the comparison? http://www.sba.gov/advocacy/7495/8420! Here’s what the union has done “for the children” Look no further than Pickerington Local Schools to see what is wrong with seniority as the primary driver of staffing decisions in public schools: When budgets have to be cut, principals can’t preserve the best staff. They have to preserve the longest-serving staffers, and those might not be the same people. Of the 14 “teacher of the year” winners for 2010-11 in the Pickerington district, five are losing their jobs in a round of layoffs that will hit 120 teachers. Surely, if they could choose rationally, the Pickerington principals wouldn’t put their best teachers on the list to be laid off. But they can’t choose rationally; as in most school districts, the contract with the Pickerington teachers union requires that those with the least seniority be the first to lose their jobs in a layoff. It’s a commandment that has been guarded by teachers unions for decades, but it never has served children well. The loss of five of Pickerington’s best teachers demonstrates that.