Workers could lose sick leave with "SB 5"attack in state budget

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The Ohio House of Representatives May 2 passed a state budget bill that includes language to reduce the amount of sick leave employees of a state college or university are entitled to earn. This attack on workers' rights recalls similar attacks in "SB 5" when lawmakers sought to end collective bargaining. SB 5 was overturned by citizen referendum in 2011. Call your senator.

The House version of the budget now goes to the Senate for a vote.

Here is the budget item attacking workers' rights by reducing sick leave:

O.R.C. 124.38

Reduces the amount of sick leave employees of a state college or university are entitled to receive for each 80 hours of service from 4.6 hours under current law to 3.1 hours (the amount non-exempt state employees are entitled to receive under continuing law).

Prohibits a state college or university from doing either of the following:

(1) Providing sick leave in an amount greater than the sick leave required by statute;

(2) Agreeing to a provision in a collective bargaining agreement after the effective date of the amendment that provides sick leave in an amount greater than the sick leave required by statue.

Fiscal effect:

Decreases the amount of paid time off that state colleges or universities are required to pay.

Background:

The House version of the budget flat funded higher education, leaving our state colleges and universities underfunded. In order to make up for the lack of state funding, lawmakers seek to reduce earned sick leave and place the financial burden squarely on the backs of faculty members. Reducing the amount of sick leave employees at state colleges and university are entitled to earn attacks collective bargaining rights.

Call to action:

Call your senator and tell him or her to remove this provision from the budget. This is an attack like "SB 5" on workers' collective bargaining rights. This effort is contrary to those who claim to want local control with contracts that determine what is best for the institution and not mandated by the legislature. This is simply the House’s attempt to eliminate collective bargaining rights.