Thursday, July 21, 2011

SB5 and the Dayton "Ring of Fire"

In previous posts (here and here) I have talked about the economic reality of Ohio's Senate Bill 5. The most interesting issue is that the education unions don't believe in the "Shared Sacrifice" "our" President calls for. In all school districts I have analyzed, there is a wide gap between many school employees/teachers salary and benefits and the average Ohioan who is paying for the lush compensation the teachers enjoy. Unlike private sector jobs, there is no one at the bargaining table speaking for the taxpayer.

As I have noted in the past, "my" Senator, Sherrod Brown claims to be "passionate about fighting for the middle class." Apparently, he is an advocate for the middle class so long as they belong to unions. In a speech to FOP in Canton, Brown said "a pretty small group of radicals is attacking the collective bargaining abilities in Ohio and other parts of the country. Actually, 32% of Ohioans support SB5, and that is before the public is educated on the facts about SB5.

This post will focus on the Dayton area schools. It's a message similar to the prior posts on this subject. Average Ohioans are paying the bill for these generous compensation packages. While the middle class has felt the economic pain of the recession and weak recovery, teachers seem to be doing just fine. Below are charts that use data from the Buckeye Institute. With respect to the charts, the Buckeye Institute notes that "For those non-teachers working more than 185 days per year, the pro-rated pay calculation (Chart 3) does not apply.

Don't be fooled into this being an "attack on unions" by Conservatives. Similar actions have been taken in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Democratic controlled Atlanta and Chicago. Sherrod Brown can liken reform minded politicians and citizens to Hitler, Stalin, and Mubarak, but the underlying motivation behind SB5 is to deal with the growing tax burden by the growing cost of education. Don't you think the ultimate employer of the education unions (the taxpayer) should have a say in the amount they are paid?


  1. The problem for the unions is that the money ran out. When we had to confront the fiscal cliff we learned a lot about where the money is going.

    The unions simply got too greedy. Had they been reasonable it is possible that most in Ohio would still be unaware of the fact that they are being well and truly screwed by civil service employees.

    the unions did what they are paid to do, hammer the unwitting taxpayers for money that flows to the civil service employees, the unions themselves and then to compliant politicians who kept the scam going.

    Brown has little choice in this matter. He must toe the party line because he is owned by the unions. This is just the same as the folks sitting on the various school boards who were hand picked by the teachers unions. As long as the elected officials take union money, they will made to dance to the union's tune.

  2. That's why 56% of Ohioans support repealing SB 5, right? And Kasich's approval rating is in the toilet and going down. And Sherrod Brown has the highest approval rating in the State.

  3. "Kasich's approval rating is in the toilet" - of course his rating is down when referring to left leaning sources - a poll is usually trying to prove a political view - such as "Sherrod Brown(Lord help us) has the highest approval rating in the state."
    Rasmussen is usually pretty accurate - although any poll should be evaluated by questions asked, people polled, and how conclusions are made.
    P.S. - Kasich has helped Ohio a lot without raising taxes - and the left said it couldn't be done.
    Doing what's right isn't always accepted when it hurts money stealing unions, federal mandates, and other propaganda experts.


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