originally published February 14, 2011-
This week, it has been impossible to look at a newspaper or blog without reading about the attacks on public sector unions and employees in Ohio.
The most frustrating thing about this is seeing the progress made toward labor and management working together in State government being destroyed. Labor and management have worked together effectively to save money and improve service to taxpayers.
There was one glimmer of hope this week. In an interview with WJW TV in Cleveland, Governor John Kasich said:
“People need to know if they come to Ohio, they are not going to run into this tremendous union problem, that unions are willing to work cooperatively with management.”
I could not agree more. Building labor-management cooperation is what we are about. However, it can not happen in one sector only. Cooperation cannot happen in isolation in the private sector. A hostile climate in the public sector will be just as visible and as damaging to efforts to bring jobs to Ohio.
(To see the entire interview, go to http://www.fox8.com/news/election/wjw-exclusive-gov-kasich-bill-sheil-one-on-one-txt,0,6035391.story)