Once again, we send a shout out of congratulations to both the State of Ohio and SEIU, #1199, on their tentative agreement to extend their current contract for another 3 years.
There are so many people and businesses out there who complain or have a fear of unions and think the only thing labor and management can do is fight. Rarely, do they hear the many stories, such as this one, about how they work together. Yes, there are those times of difficulty and there are people out there on both sides who love to “stick it to the other side” but that happen any time or in any relationship.
All those involved should be respected and admired to come to agreement after the contentious environment of the last year and a half.
I think this comment from SEIU 1199 posted on their website under State Employees forgo raises; want savings spent on creating good jobs in Ohio reflects what everyone can agree to: “As we move forward, we call upon state leaders to use a balanced approach to the challenges facing our local communities. We need to continue in the spirit of cooperation by creating good jobs that allow Ohioans to support their families. This can be done by reinvesting in our cities and towns while increasing revenue, closing unnecessary tax loopholes and supporting the values of middle-class Ohioans.”
I encourage both the state and its unions to “talk-up” their cooperative success stories.
In the spirit of MLK Day, both sides have been able to overcome their differences and work together for the state of Ohio and its citizens. I found a quote from Dr. King that is applicable still today:
“I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream — a dream yet unfulfilled.”