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Ohio Senate Bill 5: What it will Mean for Public Employees and Employers in Ohio - if it survives the upcoming referendum vote

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On March 31, 2011, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 5 (SB 5), limiting the collective bargaining rights of public employees in Ohio. Among other changes, the law expands the list of subjects deemed inappropriate for collective bargaining; restricts the contribution of public employers to the health care benefits and pensions of their employees; and changes the mechanism for resolving bargaining impasses. In response to the legislation, public-sector unions mounted a successful campaign to place the law before the voters in a referendum this November 8th. The campaign surrounding the issue promises to be spirited. Professor Joseph E. Slater, who has written extensively on public sector employment, will moderate a discussion with outstanding practitioners - one each from management and labor firms - of how SB 5 would affect public employment in Ohio, as well as the policy implications of the law.

tex_of_bill.pdf (1203 kB)
Text of Ohio SB 5

lsc_final_analysis_sb5.pdf (180 kB)
LSC Final Analysis for SB 5

sb5_handouts_and_talking_points.pdf (455 kB)
SB 5 Handouts and Talking Points

short_summary_sb5.pdf (157 kB)
Short Summary of SB 5

slater_collective_bargaining.pdf (344 kB)
Slater,The Assault on Public Sector C ollective Bargaining: Real Harms and Imaginary Benefits

business_roundtable_report.9.14.11.pdf (373 kB)
Business Roundtable Report 9: Public Sector v. Private Sector Compensation in Ohio

BRTStudy_2011.htm (47 kB)
Rebuttal of Ohio Business Roundtable article

benefitsofbargaining_2011_1010.pdf (47 kB)
The Benefits of Bargaining; How Public Worker Negotiations Improve Ohio Communities

benefitsobargaining_Esum.pdf (47 kB)
The Benefits of Bargaining Executive Summary