Whats up org members. Im sure there are many ppl on here from Ohio that this bill will affect and there are others on here that know the cause and affect of legislature such as what we're dealing with here in Ohio. Also, many non-union members who may not agree with what this bill is trying to accomplish. Quick note about myself: Im a professional firefighter with IAFF local 336(Middletown,Ohio). If you dont know anything about Middletown, which most dont, in the middle of Dayton and Cincinnati. Our local economy relies greatly on manufacturing which in turn means our unions have a large influence in our area and a lot of union "blue collar" workers live here.
If you dont know anything about SB 5, it is like bills that other states have seen and is an outright attack on union workers rights as well as public employee rights. The bill is aimed at eliminating collective bargaining as a whole or significantly reducing it, while it removes the right to strike and many other benefits to being part of a union. It was introduced by a neighboring senator to Middletown named Shannon Jones, a member of the republican party/tea party movement.
I am by no means a politician, and am really new to union ways. All I know is what Ive experienced in my few years as a firefighter/paramedic, and one of which has been proven by studies: we as public sector employees are under paid compared to private sector employees here in Ohio- its a proven fact! Im not hear to argue with anyone, and am also not here to change anyones political views/beliefs. My intent is to inform ppl of what is going on here in Ohio(its going to spread like wildfire) and hope that if your're a union member here in Ohio and havent contacted your local senator you do so. Also, if you live in another state and you are interested in sending an email to one of our senators in support of our rally to kill senate bill 5, the state of Ohio unions/public employees would greatly appreciate you.
There is a lot more to this bill that I will not bore you with. If your interested you can type Ohio Senate Bill 5 into any search engine and will get a ton of information.
Again, not here to argue with ppl, so dont waste your time, just looking for help to save my livelihood as well as many others(autoworkers, firefighters, police officers, trade wokers, teachers and many more) in order to save jobs which is what our state needs, MORE JOBS! The problem in government does not lie with us!
Thanks for you time!
Below is the site with all senators contact information
Ohio Senate Members
Not here to argue with you,but maybe I am , but I am a union member of the #486 steamfitters in Balto,Md.
I've been a member for 10 years of my 24 year career,but I will say the only reason I joined was for the money and benefits....meaning family health insurance.
Next fact-I haven't gotten a raise for 2 years because of lack of work and man hours -but you won't hear me crying about it-I still make more than non-union guys--So I'm good to go for now-but always ready to make a move---I rely on no one--but me as far as that goes
I'm not like most union guys because I've been on both sides of the fence.
I know how to survive when the chit hits the fan...I'll just go get another job and move on,and not cry about it
Bottom line,Unions were made to protect the safety of workers from the early days of sweat-shop manufacturing ,not to line their pockets with perks.
Next-no one made you be an emergency responder of any kind-that was YOUR choice!
Nor anyone else who took up any occupation--no one told me I had to be an HVAC tech--but that's what I took up due to interest after doing body work wasn't my gig.....But I blamed no one for my decisions either.
Next,let's talk about your profession,you're a firefighter right?
In my county--all fire-fighters are volunteer----you caught that part,right?
These guys/gals have a passion to help others --all for free and on their own time--and they love doing it!!!
They will leave their day time job to run calls to help some one,on their own time,so I ask you a couple of questions....
Was Dave wrong about what he said about unions?-----I think not
Did you choose your job?...I do think so .
Do you have the "everybody owes me something" mentality...yes,you do
You have the union mentality which in today's world only does more harm than good.
Nobody owes you anything-get used to it-our parents had no problem pulling their own weight
Bottom line,you're trying stir things up that don't belong here.