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Workers flood Columbus to protest union bill

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By Rob Wiercinski - bio | email

COLUMBUS, OH (WTOL) - Thousands of protestors converged on the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus Thursday to voice opposition to Senate Bill 5.

If approved the bill would abolish collective bargaining rights for state employees. It would also affect state agencies, commissions and boards, state institutions of higher education and set new restrictions on school districts.

Additionally, the bill required merit-based pay for most public employees, including teachers, and it removes seniority from decisions regarding a reduction in work force for certain public workers.

The bill would also give cities the ability to "opt out" of collective bargaining.

Toledo Deputy Mayor Steve Herwat testified in Columbus this week to modify, but not eliminate those bargaining rights.

Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken says the bill is "dangerous" to working people in Ohio and plans to voice his concerns to Governor Kasich in Columbus Friday.

Town Hall

State Rep. Matt Szollosi is hosting a town hall meeting in Toledo Monday to hear input on Senate Bill 5. It takes places at the Conn-Weissenberger post on Alexis Road at 7 p.m.

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