Ohio Gov. John Kasich rams through Ohio’s legislature what some consider the worst law yet to attack middle-class families and says he did it to help the state’s big cities. “I can promise you that big-city mayors favor what I’m doing … They want this. They’re not going to tell you that, but they want this.”
But that’s not what’s happening. Most big city mayors believe Gov. Kasich went too far.
Akron’s mayor stated, “It was so far off, it was so beyond anything I had said I could support … I wouldn’t have voted for it, and I’m not in favor of it. You take away the right to strike and you take away binding arbitration, then you leave people with nothing.”
Columbus: A spokesman for the mayor stated, ”The times when we have gone to binding arbitration we’ve won, so the notion that binding arbitration is rigged for unions isn’t true, or at least it hasn’t been true for the city of Columbus … You do need to deal with employee costs but you don’t need to take away workers’ rights.”
Most notable is Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory who was featured on CBS television’s “Undercover Boss.” Mallory disguised himself as a garbage collector to “better appreciate the work of sanitation workers who are backed by a labor union.” Afterwards, he urged Gov. Kasich to do the same.
I am absolutely opposed to Senate Bill 5,” he told the local television station. … I would urge the governor maybe to … go into the classroom, maybe go into the field with police and firefighters and other public employees throughout the state of Ohio to really understand what their jobs are about and why collective bargaining is so important.
Gov. Kasich is not the only governor in our country that should follow Mallory’s example. In fact, each of us should take a moment and reflect on the hard work our firemen, policemen, garbage collectors, postal workers, teachers and others ( and all their respective operating staff) accomplish each day.