From the daily archives: Sunday, April 24, 2011

Teachers and John Kasich were not friendly during the last gubernatorial campaign. According to Kasich, teachers unions “smeared [his] record and distorted it” and he insisted they take out full page ads in every newspaper to apologize to him. Kasich also promised to “break the back of organized labor in the schools” and he meant it.

He started with Senate Bill 5 which, in military terms, could be considered a series of air strikes intent on destroying his enemy’s defenses. If passed into law, SB5 would seriously impact the effectiveness of teachers to collectively bargain – opening up an […]

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In today’s Columbus Dispatch, the Governor supposedly suggests that Shannon Jones made SB 5 vulnerable to attack by “jumping the gun” and introducing it before he could roll it into his State budget. It’s an odd claim for the Governor to make as it’s not exactly clear what he means by it.

The sequence of events suggests that Kasich, in fact, supported and pushed the legislature to aggressively pass SB 5 as quickly as possible. If Kasich didn’t want the legislature to seriously take up SB 5 before the budget, the recent history of the new Administration suggests countless examples that would suggest the Administration could have persuaded the GOP-led General Assembly to hold off.

Is it kind of telling that as the first signatures are being gathered to put SB 5 on the November ’11 ballot, Governor Kasich is already publicly laying the groundwork to direct the blame to Shannon Jones if SB 5 is defeated?

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