Building a Better Ohio’s entire campaign strategy seems to be essentially yelling “Liar, liar, liar” at the opponents of SB 5 between now and election day, as if opposition to SB 5 was based on a foundation of lies. This, of course, would be more effective if, you know, Building a Better Ohio would stop lying about SB 5.
Take today’s argument by the pro-SB 5 campaign called “Reforms will Protect Ohio’s protectors” (which we’ve screen captured just in case they take it down):
So, according to the Building a Better Ohio campaign, if Issue 2 would pass, communities like Mount Sterling wouldn’t have massive layoffs like this extreme example of a community laying off their entire police force.
And what caused a local community like Mt. Sterling to have to decide to disband it police force? According to the same Mayor that the Issue 2 campaign quotes, it’s because of a loss of state funding…. in the Kasich budget. You know, the one Kasich calls the “Jobs Budget.” FAIL ONE.
We wanted to look into Building a Better Ohio’s claim that if Issue 2 passes layoffs in “towns like Mount Sterling” could be avoided by giving them the “power to restructure their operating costs” such that they “will still be able to afford police and firefighter protection when they need it,” as the Building a Better Ohio campaign has claimed.
So, we checked with the Ohio’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association since they represent the officers in many small town law enforcement departments. But they don’t represent the police officers from the Mt. Sterling police department.
Then we looked to the Fraternal Order of the Police. But, they, too, don’t represent the police officers on the Mt. Sterling Police Department.
And for good reason. You see, what the Building a Better Ohio campaign failed to note is that the Mt. Sterling Police Department is non-union. Under existing labor law (pre-SB 5), public employees in communities less than 5,000 have no collective bargaining rights. FAIL TWO.
Who’s going to replace the Mt. Sterling police department for law enforcement? Well, according to the Columbus Dispatch:
Prior to the vote, Madison County Sheriff Jim Sabin, flanked by three deputies, assured the crowd that county manpower would be adequate for emergencies and patrols, along with help from nearby Pickaway and Fayette counties.
The deputies in Madison, Pickaway, and Fayette counties are all members of the Ohio F.O.P. FAIL THREE.
Read that again. And once more.
Let’s break this down:
- Kasich’s budget causes non-union law enforcement officers to lose their jobs in massive layoffs. This is something Issue 2 cannot prevent as the jobs are all non-union.
- As a result, the duties of these non-union law enforcement officers will be given to law enforcement officers that are unionized.
- In citing this situation as an example, Building a Better Ohio, which is supposed to build a case for Senate Bill 5 actually proves that one of their strongest arguments for SB 5 is totally false.
Building a Better Ohio just showed how useless Issue 2 will be in protecting our local law enforcement from massive layoffs . . . in a post about how Issue 2 will prevent job losses for law enforcement. Great job, y’all. Here’s a toast to you!