Tue October 18, 2011
Ohio Safety Forces' Study Shows Union Concessions
Opponents of Ohio's new union law are touting a report that shows collective bargaining negotiations have saved taxpayers more than $1 billion since 2008.
Protecting Ohio Protectors - a group representing firefighters and police officers - shared the report Tuesday at multiple news conferences around the state. Voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether the law limiting collective bargaining for public employees should be tossed out.
The report cites data from the State Employment Relations Board, collective bargaining contracts and public records. It attempts to take into account public workers' concessions, including freezes in their wages, unpaid days off and increases to their pension and health care contributions.
The report found public education unions had the largest amount of concessions, saving school districts at least $700 million last school year.