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Sat May 30, 2015, 06:57 AM

The Blade: EDITORIAL Union busting (hurt the vital services to disabled, elderly, and the young)


Gov. John Kasich this month quietly stripped 10,000 Ohio in-home health-care workers of their right to belong to unions. That move marks the latest offensive in the governorís troubling campaign against labor rights.

In 2007, former Gov. Ted Strickland granted independent home health-care workers the right to bargain collectively with state government. He extended the right to home child-care providers the following year. The policy applied to workers who are reimbursed for care through state programs such as Medicaid.

Such employees contract with Ohio agencies to provide care. But because they are not considered direct employees of the state, they arenít eligible for the same benefits and bargaining rights as public employees.

Mr. Kasich vowed to rescind Mr. Stricklandís policy during his 2010 gubernatorial campaign. He claimed that independent care providers have no right to collective bargaining with the state because they arenít state employees.

FULL editorial at link.

Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/Editorials/2015/05/30/Union-busting.html#7cpcHEeCulpoXX7u.99

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