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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ohio Senate Bill 5 - Could it change teacher-school districts relationships?

Public employees are protesting all over the state regarding Ohio Senate Bill 5.
Nancy Knack, educational aide from Willoughby-Eastlake School, is one of the many school employees worried about the elimination of collective bargaining. She thinks it could mean an end to her job.
The bill as proposed might not mean the end to jobs, but it may be a beginning of a new employee and employer relationship.

According to the bill analysis from the 128th Ohio General Assembly, educational staff have to consider the financial status of the public employer at the time period surrounding the negotiations for purposes determining the ability of the employer to pay for any agreed terms.
The proposal also states, it prohibits parties from basing the ability of the employer to pay for terms of the agreement on potential future increases in the employer's income that would only be possible by the employer by obtaining funding from an outside source, including the passage of a levy or bond issue.
The teachers and non-teaching school employees would have merit based pay, according to the bill.
They would no longer have statutory salary schedules or steps, which means teachers could no longer have increase in salaries due to years in service or additional training. Teachers would also be prohibited from continuing contracts with the districts, except those already in existence.
Teachers would no longer be in control of their health benefits.
"The board of education of any school district would govern employee health benefits in the same way as a governing board of any public institution of higher education."
Public employers would also be limited to paying 80 percent premiums for health care coverage.

-- Angela Gartner


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just what we need low budget over worked teachers educating our kids. I would not want to be a teacher for 10 times the money. What a slap in their face.

March 9, 2011 at 5:16 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is amazing to me how many people don't understand of the truths about unions. I am in food service and when I retire, I have to pay for all of my insurances. It seems that the govenor doesn't understand that we pay taxes that help pay his substantial salary and benefits. Maybe some of these politicians should take pay cuts and have to pay for their own health benefits. I do not get any of them for free.

April 4, 2011 at 8:25 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know several teachers and can say they are the most over-rated people I know. They work short days, only 9 months a year with numerous days/weeks off during the year. They teach the same subject year after year so they just update what they have. Being with kids every day can be stressful but let's stop treating they like martyrs - they are very well paid for what they do.

April 19, 2011 at 9:49 AM 

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