Last November organized labor/unions, spent millions of dollars on t.v. commercials, bill boards, radio ads and signs. Their goal was to convince voters who had just before voted to elect officials to control spending and fix the budget, to change their minds and repeal approved bill, senate bill 5. Senate Bill 5 effectively limited public union powers by stripping their ability to collectively bargain, while maintaining the same standards of enforcement in agencies such as the police and firefighters.
Ohio Right to Work
After organized labor had such a large win, many in the political scene thought that Ohio would not end up pushing for a “Right to work” law, and get public support in favor of such a proposal. Currently, when workers are employed by a company that supports unions, they are not given any say on whether they can opt out or not. As a result, you have millions of workers paying fees to join and weekly fees every year to go to causes they do not support, that lessens the money they have in savings, and leads to a higher cost of doing business. The right to work proposal gives all workers the right to join a union and the right to not join a union if they choose not to.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ohioans are not showing much love for unions and showing plenty of love for their personal rights. A Quinnipiac University poll released puts the public in favor of right to vote measures by a solid margin. By a 14 point difference at 54 percent in favor and 40 percent against, Ohio supports their right to choose union membership upon employment. A 14 point difference has to be encouraging for supporters after last November’s results for Issue 2.
In addition to Right to work law support, Republican Governor John Kaisch saw her approval rating rise since mid January. This perhaps is a sign of voters seeing his push for their rights as employees and now fully understanding the ramifications of their vote in November.
These key polling questions will impact Ohio’s competitive advantage across the tri-state region and even nationally as a whole. By giving workers a right to work free from union interference against their will, the companies will be able to save money, workers will no longer have to have their pay checks deducted, workers will no longer have their money going towards political groups they do not affiliate with.