Most Ohio Union Workers Affected By SB #5 Insurance Rule

Senate Bill 5 Opponents protest(Photo: Ohio AFL-CIO)
Senate Bill 5 Opponents protest(Photo: Ohio AFL-CIO)

State data reviewed by The Associated Press show eight in 10 unionized government workers in Ohio would pay more toward their health insurance premiums if voters retain a new collective bargaining law in November.

Figures from the State Employment Relations Board show state workers and many county and health-district employees already pay more than the 15 percent share required under the law. Unionized township and fire district employees pay the lowest percentages on average, between 2.2 percent and 5.6 percent. They would see the biggest jump in costs.

Supporters say having employees pay a bigger share of their health care costs is fair, since private-sector workers already do. Opponents say the arrangements are part of overall salary and benefits packages that were negotiated in good faith.

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