Comparing Ohio and Wisconsin union debatesWritten by Associated Press | | firstname.lastname@example.org
How the Ohio and Wisconsin collective bargaining debates compare:
Size of budget deficit:
WISCONSIN: $3.6 billion.
OHIO: $8 billion.
WISCONSIN: 175,000 state and local public employees, exempting local police, firefighters and the state patrol.
OHIO: 350,000 state and local employees, including teachers, police and firefighters and unionized employees of public colleges and universities.
WISCONSIN: Unions still could represent workers, but wage increases exceeding the cost of inflation would have to be approved by voters in a referendum. Unions could not force employees to pay dues and would have to hold annual votes to stay organized.
OHIO: Unions still could represent workers, but wage increases would be tied to merit and performance measures and limited to certain salary ranges. Health benefits, staffing levels, holidays and sick leave would be among items that would become non-negotiable.
WISCONSIN: Public employees are promised no furloughs or layoffs. State already bans strikes.
OHIO: All public employees, not just safety forces, would now be prohibited from striking. The governor has made no promise on furloughs or layoffs.
WISCONSIN: $30 million by July 1 and $300 million over the next two years in a state that spends about $12.5 billion a year.
OHIO: The proposal is not tied to a specific budget proposal. The state Office of Collective Bargaining Office says enacting the bill before it was amended on March 2 could have saved the state $217 million in 2010 in a state that spends about $25 billion a year.
SOURCE: AP Research