Ohio Legislature Railroads State Worker Anti-Union Bill, Passes Senate

According to the New York Times here, and The Huffington Post here, the Ohio state Senate passed a bill that removes rights of collective bargaining and protest from state workers including teachers, police, and firefighters. It is reported that it will also pass the Republican controlled House and be signed into law by Governor Kasich.

Ohio, Wisconsin, or the other states considering this kind of legislation are playing for political points through short term solutions that unfortunately will wreck their longterm develop plans. I don’t know if these laws, if passed, will stay on the books in the next election cycle, but if they do, I will be very curious to see what effect that they will have on the quality of education in these states. According to Angus Johnston at Student Activism, it appears that teacher unions do contribute to better quantified student performance [read the details here].

Published by Jason W Ellis

I am an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.