The Ohio Republican party sees the writing on the wall and want to compromise on SB 5 now. As my cohorts have done an amazing job outlining all this week, it seems that fat cats high up in the Republican party see the looming disaster with the SB 5 repeal efforts and the impact it will have through 2012. Not only do these calls to negotiate call into question the party’s confidence in the Building a Better Ohio campaign, but they also highlight the hypocrisy we have seen over the last 8 months.

These calls for negotiating clearly show that the policy claims republicans made to pass the bill were blatant lies. When SB 5 was pounded through the Senate and House of Representatives what was the refrain we heard over and over? Local governments, and the state, need these ‘reforms’ to help balance their budgets.  Public unions were the vampires sucking the life out of municipalities and the only thing that was going to save them, and the state, from certain fiscal disaster, were the changes in SB 5. But just look at the list of things my colleague Modern Esquire highlighted that republicans would be willing to give up if there were to be a compromise.

  1. Getting rid of binding arbitration entirely and instead modifying binding arbitration;
  2. The return of all non-public safety employees to have the right to strike;
  3. The ban on “fair share” contributions would be lifted;
  4. Republicans also might have been willing to hedge on a provision of Senate Bill 5 that outlaws seniority as a determining factor for layoffs’;
  5. Other economic issues such as merit pay and non-economic factors such as the education reforms included in the bill were on the table as well.

These ‘reforms’ that were included in SB 5 that were going to be the tools that local governments were going to use to balance their budgets seem to be the same items that are deemed ‘unnecessary’ now.

Which begs the question, what has changed in the last eight months to warrant dropping these draconian changes now but not back in January? The answer is nothing.  These negotiations highlight the true hypocrisy in the republican party and the Building a Better Ohio campaign. SB 5 was never meant to be a tool for local governments – it was a thinly veiled attempt to break the backs of political opponents of this administration. If the administration could have outlawed being a democrat, they would have. Because they couldn’t they did the next best thing – crush public unions ability to exist.

If I was working for the We Are Ohio campaign I would be ecstatic. Republicans see that they have put themselves in a terrible position. By not so quietly insinuating that they wish they could negotiate with the unions they are a) clearly showing a lack of confidence in their chances this November and b) under cutting the remaining policy arguments they have to keep SB 5.  Not a bad week for We Are Ohio campaign, I would say.

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  • Anonymous

    Ironic that they now want to negotiate with unions about legislation that would eliminate their right to meaningful negotiations.

  • Natasha

    It’s always and only about the money for the G.O.P. 

    If they can schmooze the SB-5 opposition into believing that they were just kidding about the wretched excesses in Kasich’s agenda it will be one of the greatest cons in Ohio history. 

    Pragmatically – let’s play political “Let’s Make a Deal”  with “Monte” Kasich why spend a lot of GOP cash on a campaign that looks like it’s going down in flames.  It won’t attract or energize their base; quite the opposite the opposing base will be energized even more than it is now.

    Lies and deception are cheap and the stock in trade of the Ohio GOP.  If the anti-SB-5 folks are stupid enough to buy the GOP cheap charlie “negotiated compromise” then they deserve the back-breaking that the Kasich’s  Klown Posse and the GOP has in store for the middle class and organized labor in Ohio.   Republicans in Ohio do not know the meaning of good faith negotiation since they are void of good, have little real faith, and only want it their way at everyone else’s expense.

  • Now let’s hope the big shots at OEA and  the AFL-CIO don’t fall for this “compromise” or give in to the the Dispatch or PD (you see their editorial today?).  A polite “NO” will suffice.  Do not get into any explanations, threats or name-calling- just a smile and a firm  NO.  Let’s hit ’em hard Nov 8 and give them that message they so readily fear is coming…Jim, Columbus 

  • Progessive Willy

    The people against SB 5 knew all along it was a union-busting measure and that SB 5 had very little (nothing?) to do with budgets.  

    The majority of senators and representatives in Columbus are blind sheep.  They didn’t have the balls to stand up to Kasich and say SB 5 was wrong.  They just followed and regurgitated his ridiculous talking points over and over.  I talked repeatedly with my state Senator and he’d rather sell his own Mother at a garage sale than admit that SB 5 was a horrid piece of legislation and unnecessary.  Would you like a piece of humble pie, Senator Cliffie?  

  • dlw

    The papers are yapping, but has any of this supposed negotiating been going on recently? Or was this in June and then it stopped after that?

    Call me negative, but, it kind of seems like all is not actually lost for Kasich and SB5.

    Earlier in the week you guys were writing about the state already running a deficit less than 2 months into the budget. So isn’t the super obvious and easy argument from their side and the super easy battle cry for them for the referendum “see, we told you! we told you that SB5 was needed! those fools have held it up with their referendum and look what happened: less than 2 months and there’s already a deficit! if we’d only had SB5, this wouldn’t have happened! do you want to turn our economy around? if you said yes, then vote yes for issue 2!”

    It’s crap of course. But… as the economy gets worse, as more layoffs are announced, as people are hurting more and more… well, for the masses who don’t have/take the time to find out the whole story, that is a really hopeful soundbite to hear again and again during the evening’s reality TV. So as much as I take a twisted and, yes, spiteful glee in his budget appearing to fail so very quickly, I’m no longer feeling particularly positive about our chances of getting SB5 overturned come November.

  • Anonymous

    man I have been telling SB5 proponents this all along, that public union employees are already taking, and have been taking, major steps to help balance the budgets etc. You just can not get that FACT through to the TEA party  diehards.  Nothing is ever enough. 

  • Anonymous

    man I have been telling SB5 proponents this all along, that public union employees are already taking, and have been taking, major steps to help balance the budgets etc. You just can not get that FACT through to the TEA party  diehards.  Nothing is ever enough. 

  • Anonymous

    my guy, freshman Senator LaRose, has to really feel like he was duped at this point. I mean the guy had several labor unions supporting him a year ago…now he was played like a piano by the old boy Republicans. Should have seen that coming there S F.

  • Anonymous

    my guy, freshman Senator LaRose, has to really feel like he was duped at this point. I mean the guy had several labor unions supporting him a year ago…now he was played like a piano by the old boy Republicans. Should have seen that coming there S F.

  • daytonborn

    This article uses reporting on a possible “deal” from an unnamed source with 2 politicians involved with SB5 as fact of hypocrisy?  Huh?  Hearsay from a source that won’t identify themselves?  Is this how things work in your world?  Just remember, Democrat politicians are just as wealthy as Republicans and public employees are just as greedy as the politicians.  Please, can anyone on this site answer this;  If the government is the solution to all our problems, why do public employees need to be unionized?  Shouldn’t the taxpayers be as well?

  • Anonymous

    well daytonborn, out here in the real world sometimes the people in charge of government employees ( AKA politicians) come up with really terrible ideas on how to run things. 

    For example, a certain local city leader wanted to make all the police cars in the city operated by one person to save a few bucks. 

    How dangerous is that? Sending a lone police officer to a bar fight, gun fight, bank robbery etc. You know, things that happen in the real world.If it weren’t for the police union, it would’ve happened and officer fatalities/assaults/injuries would’ve gone up. So there’s one example.Sorry you feel people asking for a fair wage is being greedy. Lay off the glenn beck for a minute and get some ideas of your own. It’s quite refreshing.

  • Anonymous

    What does government finding solutions to problems have to do with being unionized? What if both government AND unions are solutions to problems and opposing them makes problems worse — as I believe it does? And sine we are ALL taxpayers, a union around this meaningless identity stands for nothing. Remember, public sector workers — ALL unionized workers — are also taxpayers, and they are paying for that street you live on to get plowed in the winter, and the police to come when your kid’s bike gets stolen, and the EMS team who takes your mom to the hospital when she has heart palpitations in the middle of the night. They not only DO those jobs, they also help pay for them. It’s that them against us mentality that has been stoked by the REAL “them” — the ultra-wealthy — that is destroying this country, not “government” which IS us.

  • dlw

    Public employees are no more greedy than the rest of the population. And in most cases, we are so not overpaid. Also, public employees are also taxpayers!!!! I get so tired of comments about public employees vs taxpayers. If only they didn’t take taxes out of my paycheck.

  • Anonymous

    wish I could triple like this comment

  • Anonymous

    Isee daytonborn asked a question then fled..oh well. Where does he get that “government is the solution to all our problems” garbage? I mean that’s straight offa glenn becks chalkboard. I wonder if he donated the chalkboard to a local school now that his boring azz show was cancelled…

  • Anonymous

    Isee daytonborn asked a question then fled..oh well. Where does he get that “government is the solution to all our problems” garbage? I mean that’s straight offa glenn becks chalkboard. I wonder if he donated the chalkboard to a local school now that his boring azz show was cancelled…

  • Adrienne

    Awesome and well said Anastasia.

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