The following is from the Progress Ohio website, including the pictures. I will provide a short commentary afterward. I put it here in its entirety so more people can see how these types of people spin issues to suit their needs. But one thing to notice as you read this, look how they assume that the reader of their comments are not very intelligent. People who read a lot will notice right away the demeaning nature of the sentence structures. But the members of these “public worker organizations” are typically not very motivated, and tend not to educate themselves with books. They let “leaders” do their thinking for them. So the press releases end up sounding like some trible council order from the village chief. And anybody who understands the nature of the United States and it’s people, we don’t like to live in villages, and we don’t want leaders. We want to lead ourselves. Only the very lazy crave to surrender their freedom for the security of a “leader.”
COLUMBUS, OHIO – An overflow crowd of over 800 concerned Ohioans packed the halls of the Ohio Statehouse today in opposition of Senate Bill 5, a job-killing, anti-worker bill that would silence the voice of Ohio’s public servants. If passed by the Ohio legislature, Senate Bill 5 would eliminate collective bargaining for Ohio’s public employees and make it more difficult to attract and retain quality staff.
“Today, Senator Shannon Jones and her anti-worker allies jump-started their job-killing vendetta against Ohio’s middle class,” said Becky Williams, President of SEIU District 1199 which represents over 9,000 public sector workers in Ohio. “Reducing government, cutting taxes for the rich, and taking rights away from workers might sound good to Jones, but when you talk about taking safety forces off of our streets, educators out of our communities and leaving criminals unsupervised in our towns – it’s just not practical.”
While working under the misrepresented premise of “transparency” and “reducing the size and scope of government,” Jones openly admits that there will be no direct financial benefit to the taxpayers after her exhaustive one-year research of collective bargaining. To the contrary, a report published by Policy Matters Ohio found that “allowing public sector workers to bargain collectively reduces labor strife, reduce the likelihood of strikes and can lead to better training and higher productivity for public sector workers.”
This type of rhetoric is dangerous, and extremely misleading. Their use of terminology such as Anti-worker and the such are manipulations of the basic facts. I know many hard-working people who routinely work circles around public workers as far as quality and it angers me greatly to hear that union represented workers are “working families.” It’s that kind of discussion that has created our bankrupt conditions that began 27 years ago.
There will be a lot more on this later as the facts come in. You can read more details from me that I’ve written so far at this link.
Notice how many people showed up for this event. Those are your working families. The reason their voices get heard and the “real” working families get ignored are because the real workers are working. These people are just paid lobbyists. Groups like the OEA, Progress Ohio and many others have their members take off work to participate in these lobby events, and that’s how things became so messed up to begin with.