Attention construction trade unions, you’re next!

Every newspaper in Ohio is reporting that yesterday John Kasich’s Ohio School Facilities Commission, which is headed by Governor Kasich’s Director of the Office of Budget and Management Tim Keen, voted to prohibit any local school district from requiring contractors in school construction jobs to pay the prevailing wage or use Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). 

This is yet another one-size fits all, Governor Kasich knows best policy that takes choices away from local officials.

Governor Strickland removed the ban but then ran into trouble when his Chair of the School Facilities Commission seemed to be essentially requiring districts to require prevailing wage and PLAs in their construction contracts.  The Ohio Inspector General did an investigation and found that the Chair’s action constituted as a “failure to remain neutral on union matters” as the OSFC is supposed to be.

Kasich’s new policy takes what is a neutral policy concerning the use of construction trade unions in school construction and turns it back into the anti-union policies during the Taft Administration.

And if you think this is only a prospective policy, think again.  According to the AP’s reporting:

Keen said the panel would review those contracts already in place in light of Thursday’s vote.

Yep, they’re going back to every pending contract to see if they can void them if the local school district did a PLA or required the payment of the prevailing wage.

And we know that Kasich is going to go after the prevailing wage even further when he introduces his budget next month, but just remember:

John Kasich says it’s not fair to call him anti-union.

Seriously, Kasich just embrace the label.  Because nobody’s buying any claim otherwise.

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  • Adrienne

    You lie!

  • Adrienne

    OOps I meant, you lie Prince John.

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  • Littleguy

    Yep…bricklayers and carpenters and drywallers and mechanics and ironworkers that bought the Tea Party Kool-Aid and voted for John Krazich are about to get in the the shorts, just like the teachers and firefighters and policeman. Of course the bankers and bond managers and stockbrokers that finance it will still get their prevailing gilded wage.

  • Littleguy

    Yep…bricklayers and carpenters and drywallers and mechanics and ironworkers that bought the Tea Party Kool-Aid and voted for John Krazich are about to get in the the shorts, just like the teachers and firefighters and policeman. Of course the bankers and bond managers and stockbrokers that finance it will still get their prevailing gilded wage.

  • santoshama

    Modern…small correction in this otherwise great post…the IG’s issue was that the *Director* did not appear to remain neutral, in the IG’s opinion. Not the *Chair*. Thanks for all your work!

  • BONESAW

    Carpenters didn’t endorse Kasich, and this fight in Ohio doesn’t have anything to do with private unions, although we do stand in solidarity with our public union brothers and sisters..

  • Anonymous

    Frick…. didn’t catch that. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    So let’s just look at the trend: SB5 takes on public unions; now they are eliminating prevailing wage, not just at the school facilities commission, but take a look at newly-introduced SB89, which appears to do so for all of state government; and then there’s HB61, which allows private employers to swap comp time for overtime. This is a flat-out anti worker agenda.

    They say they’re all about jobs, so why do they go after everyone who has one?

    Their corporate masters might be happy in 2012, but we may have a very pissed off electorate in 2012.

  • Anonymous

    So let’s just look at the trend: SB5 takes on public unions; now they are eliminating prevailing wage, not just at the school facilities commission, but take a look at newly-introduced SB89, which appears to do so for all of state government; and then there’s HB61, which allows private employers to swap comp time for overtime. This is a flat-out anti worker agenda.

    They say they’re all about jobs, so why do they go after everyone who has one?

    Their corporate masters might be happy in 2012, but we may have a very pissed off electorate in 2012.

  • Fair pay for fair work

    I like that the schools don’t have to pay a balloon rate as long as the money they save stays in the school system.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t Kasich envisions it working that way.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    if he thinks state people are mad just wait –is this bit of news out in the papers– if not it needs out before Tuesday — be more chants and bus loads
    speaking of buses I dont think when he said “Get on the bus ” this wasnt what he had in mind and when he said “or get out of the way ” never thought he would be the one dodging the greyhounds

  • BelmontCountyTeacher

    OK. I give up… My husband (although he is still a member), left working as an IBEW electrician to become a teacher – taking a significant pay cut in the bargain. So, if his teaching job tanks because of this bill, one more area may be created where he wouldn’t earn prevailing wage returning to his old job. I worked in human resources before changing careers. Maybe I’ll just go find a job in Kasich’s office and support both of us!!!!

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