Ohio Senate Bill 5: What it will mean for public employees and employers in Ohio - if it survives the upcoming referendum vote

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room) [map]

Joseph E. Slater
Eugene N. Balk Professor of Law and Values
University of Toledo College of Law

Craig M. Brown, Esq.
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson

Susannah Muskovitz
Principal, Muskovitz & Lemmerbrock, LLC


On March 31, 2011, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 5 (SB 5), limiting the collective bargaining rights of public employees in Ohio.   Among other changes, the law expands the list of subjects deemed inappropriate for collective bargaining; restricts the contribution of public employers to the health care benefits and pensions of their employees; and changes the mechanism for resolving bargaining impasses.  In response to the legislation, public-sector unions mounted a successful campaign to place the law before the voters in a referendum this November 8th.  The campaign surrounding the issue promises to be spirited.  Professor Joseph E. Slater, who has written extensively on public sector employment, will moderate a discussion with outstanding practitioners - one each from management and labor firms - of how SB 5 would affect public employment in Ohio, as well as the policy implications of the law.

CLE Materials:

Text of SB 5 (Informational purposes; not necessary for CLE packet)

LSC Final Analysis

Business Roundtable Report 9

Short summary of SB 5

SB 5 Handouts and Talking points

Slater, Collective Bargaining

The Benefits of Bargaining; How Public Worker Negotiations Improve Ohio Communities

The Benefits of Bargaining Executive Summary

Rebuttal of Ohio Business Roundtable article

CLE credit: 1 free hour approved

Category: Public Lectures