Unions Protest 'Collective Bargaining Killer'


UPDATED: Thursday February 17, 2011 12:05 PM

The Ohio Statehouse was packed with people on Tuesday who oppose a new bill dealing with collective bargaining rights.

The hearings on Senate Bill 5 began on Tuesday and hundreds of police officers, firefighters, prison workers and educators showed up to voice their concerns, 10TV's Chuck Strickler reported.

Union members call the bill a collective bargaining killer.

Newark City Schools bus driver Tommy Sue Adam said the bill will hurt workers.

"That's my living. I mean if they take this away that means they can do whatever they want with wages healthcare, and arbitration, mediation, whatever," Adam said. "And it's not fair."

Much of the testimony on Tuesday was in favor of the bill.

Union members are slated to testify against the measure on Thursday, Strickler reported.

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