Earlier this week a Warren County Sheriff’s deputy was killed in the line of duty. The officer, Sergeant Brian Dulle, was hit by the driver of a stolen car while putting down stop sticks.

Two weeks ago three Columbus police officers were shot while while pursuing a murder suspect. Two of those officers were also Sergeants.

These are not isolated incidents. Police sergeants across the state are out in the field, answering calls and facing the same dangers as other officers.

But under Senate Bill 5, officers like these three men – and all police officers with the rank of sergeant and above – would no longer have the right to collectively bargain over their wages, hours or terms and conditions of employment. Because these men are sergeants they would be redefined as “supervisors”, and under SB5 employers are given the right to unilaterally establish all terms and conditions of employment for “supervisors”.

In addition:

  • Bargaining with respect to staffing levels will be prohibited. Experienced supervisors who work on the streets would no longer be allowed to bring issues to the union’s attention because they aren’t a part of the union.
  • Bargaining with respect to past practices within a police department will be prohibited even though front line supervisors have the most knowledge of how things are going and what things are working.
  • There is no longer a right to bargain over the terms of employee health insurance plans.
  • Contractual layoff language based on seniority will be prohibited.
  • Bargaining to include pension contributions as part of a wage package will be prohibited.
  • All negotiations ultimately will be decided by the employer and/or its legislative authority, without any review by a neutral party. This effectively eliminates all rights to “bargain” and converts collective bargaining to collective begging.

While Kasich and other defenders of the bill continue to push the myth that all public employees would still have the right to collectively bargain under Senate Bill 5, it’s clear they are absolutely lying. SB5 prohibits police sergeants and above, and fire lieutenants and above, from being represented by a union, effectively eliminating the right to collectively bargain for many of Ohio’s most experienced first responders.

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  • Fotogirlcb2002

    What happens to the wife and children left behind ?  I thought I remembered hearing in one of hearings that the benefits to the spouses were to be changed also –I searched for this with no real success.
    I hope sb5 in no way affects these families death benefits–if it does it just shows once again the uncaring side of this administration.

  • Anastasjoy

    Like we need more evidence if this administration’s “uncaring side.”

  • Anonymous

     Excellent article, and very, very true.

  • GreenIris

    I think we need more and more evidence. Bring all those people who think  the R’s aren’t out to destroy the middle class back to reality. Put a face to what really happens because of their policy.
    Whatever people think of ‘those lazy public employees’ and ‘overpaid teachers’ there are very few hard hearted enough to screw over a police or fire widow. I hope.
    We’ll see soon enough. A Sandusky police officer was killed in the line of duty in March, leaving a wife and 2 young sons. 

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