Protesting Senate Bill 5

POSTED BY: Brittany Harris
Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 10:20 PM
Protesting Senate Bill 5

Teachers, police officers, firefighters, and dozens of other public employees from all over the area joined together outside the Perry County Courthouse on Thursday to protest Senate Bill 5.

"It's kind of frightening some of the changes that they want to make," said High School Teacher Jacqueline Bolyard.

The bill, which is currently under review by the Ohio House of Representatives would eliminate collective bargaining rights for man than 350,000 union members statewide. Governor Kasich supports the proposed changes and believes it will save the state money and also give tax payers more power.

"Unions were put in for protection for everyone and everyone even those not in unions benefited from the work that unions did," said Bolyard.

"We see it happening everywhere, people's wages are going down, they're paying more and more for insurance, they have less and less coverage. We're going to be living in poverty if something doesn't change," said Laborer and Former Union President Ron Glass.

Despite the ongoing protests being held around the state, many union members believe their voice is still not being heard by the government.

"We have kind of taken the position of slow things down, get people's input, let us come in and converse over these issues and hopefully have a say in it," said CEA President of Crooksville Local Ron Childress.


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