Every Thursday, from now until the November election, we ask that you wear red. Thursday is the day of the week on which the Ohio Governor signed Senate Bill 5 making it law. Red is a strong, emotional color. We associate it with anger. It tells us to stop at traffic lights and at stop signs. Let's tell our legislators: "ENOUGH!" and show our solidarity in the fight to repeal this horrendous law.
Among other things, the law:
* Eliminates automatic longevity pay increases in favor of a merit pay system for all public workers
* Reduces the value of seniority in determining layoffs
* Limits the issues that may be bargained
* Requires a performance-pay system for teachers
* Insists that bargaining continue to impasse over an unfair labor practice
* Removes bargaining for insurance benefits, and requires all employees to pay at least 15 percent of the cost of the premiums
We now must work together to repeal S.B. 5. The clock is ticking. We have until July 5 to collect signatures from 3 percent of the number of Ohioans who voted in the 2010 governor's election. That's at least 231,149 valid signatures from at least 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
Let's declare our dedication to this effort by wearing red each Thursday. Read your Voice each week to keep up with the latest activities to repeal Senate Bill 5.