I don’t care whether you are for SB5 or not. I just want you to please let our State Senator, Tom Patton, know where you stand with it. Sen. Patton is an unique member of our general assembly when it comes to SB5 because he has spoken and voted in support of unions before, he is the son of a police officer and extremely tragically, his son died in the line of duty last year.
Here is his contact information:
You can read more here:
The debate about the role of unions in general and the role they play in our economy and budget is a volatile one. Please voice your opinion.
My opinion? Decapitating bargaining rights is for the weak. It is political leaders and electeds who sit on the other side of the negotiating table and those political leaders and electeds who are trying to simply toss out the table are being lazy and weak. Negotiating is tough stuff – but so is democracy. I do not have any huge love for unions – I’ve told my story before re: being at Yale Univ. for three years, just after the union came in there. But I absolutely believe that employees should have the right to join together to bargain for what they want, just as others who are parties to a contract have the right to negotiate back.
And as a Pepper Pike City Council Member, I’ve seen and continue to see how agonizing the process can be.
If good faith – not just money – were in abundant supply, none of this would be going on in the first place.
NB: I more or less copied and pasted this post from a Facebook note I wrote this morning. Do you see what I did not write or indicate, even once, in anyway? Our state senator’s political party. It’s not hard to guess, given that it’s the Ohio State Senate, but even so, it’s barely relevant except in terms of bringing sanity to the process through someone. It may as well be our state senator – I hope and pray.
And yes, I have called the Senator and I will be sending an email follow-up.