Kids, I’ll just give you the bare bones of the story, but then I’ll enthusiastically refer you to the guys over at Plunderbund, the Raisin’s new source of all Ohio info.
The story begins with State Senator Shannon Jones, the sole sponsor of the union-busting bill that would severely limit the ability of police officers, teachers, firefighters, and other state workers to collectively bargain on wages, as well as benefits and working conditions.
It wasn’t long before Jones was joined by others, including State Senate President Tom Niehaus, who, like Jones, had previously sponsored pro-union legislation.
In July (from Plunderbund):
Secretary of State Jon Husted informed the “We Are Ohio” campaign that his office has officially certified that they collected the sufficient number of valid signatures to place SB 5 on a repeal ballot this November.
In August, the assault on teachers continued (from Plunderbund):
In their latest attempt to disguise their failed efforts at convincing us that a majority of Ohioans support the union-busting legislation in Ohio, John Kasich’s agent group, Building a Better Ohio has teamed up with some unhappy Tea Party teachers and filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court against the Ohio Education Association and some of its affiliates, including a local association to which they have absolutely no connection.
This August 7th post at Plunderbund gives an excellent rundown of the history of SB5. It also includes evidence that Kasich and his henchmen might have poopy pants!
If you need any further evidence that supporters of Senate Bill 5 are becoming increasingly convinced that it will be repealed this November, enter today’s laughable editorial in the Columbus Dispatch (“Meet in the middle”)
We’ve heard this tune before. We wrote about it back in June when Plain Dealer Kasich apologist Brent Larkin wrote the same thing. If public polling didn’t show that 56% of Ohioans support repealing the bill, you wouldn’t see this nonsense coming out.
It would have been helpful for the Dispatch to have been more critical of the process and content of Senate Bill 5 before it appeared to be doomed to repeal.
The reality is that the Dispatch and Kasich had no interest in compromising SB 5 when they thought they had all the votes that mattered (in the state legislature.) And even when they didn’t, they could do things like toss Senator Bill Seitz off of a key committee rather than work with him to find acceptable legislative language. But now, suddenly, they realize that they may not have the votes that matter after all.
Kasich knew his goose was cooked, so flanked by Senate President Tom Niehaus and House Speaker William Batchelder, he suddenly decided that he knows how to compromise after all, and he invited his opponents to come to the table and talk. The spirit of compromise lasted one whole day! From Plunderbund:
So, yesterday Governor Kasich and the GOP legislative leadership hold a press conference to profess their desire to hold talks with the We Are Ohio campaign to try to reach a compromise on Senate Bill 5. We Are Ohio said they would be glad to talk about a compromise, but in order to show they were serious the campaign said Kasich and the Republicans would need to repeal Senate Bill 5 first before any talks could be had.
With the ball back in his court, all Kasich had to do to have his compromise talks is commit to repealing SB 5 and having the parties start from scratch. Something that would be necessary for any compromise anyways. So what did the Kasich Administration do? They blasted labor’s insistence that the Administration show some good faith.
In the span of less than twenty-four hours, Governor Kasich went from trying to portraying labor as unwilling to compromise to publicly being the one saying no. The fact that Kasich scoffs at the notion that SB 5 had to be repealed before labor could take Kasich’s overture seriously demonstrates how truly disinterested he really was in a deal. Notice, there’s no counter-offer by the Administration on how else the parties could proceed and believe that each side was acting in good faith… because there is none.
This past few days should be used as a case study in how not to negotiate. John Kasich failed as a leader of this State when he jammed SB 5 down our throats, and then he failed again to try to work out a compromise to avoid this costly referendum. Today, we saw John Kasich withdraw from his own negotiation.
I’ll end this post with a tip of the hat to the guys at Plunderbund for their help and for just being awesome, and with the word they put at the end of their posts: