2011-9

RESOLUTION STATING THE COUNCIL FOR THE CITY OF MARION'S SUPPORTING CURRENT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING LAWS AND STATING OPPOSITION TO SENATE BILL 5

Whereas, the City of Marion has a long history of productive labor relations with it employees and collective bargaining has been fair and equitable for both and labor and management; and

Whereas, labor unions helped build the middle class in Marion by securing good wages, benefits, and working conditions for thousands of families and has been at the forefront in civil rights and socially progressive causes; and

Whereas, hard-fought legislation and initiatives backed by labor unions-both at the local and state levels-have benefited all workers by guaranteeing them certain rights and making it possible for them to have financial and retirement security; and

Whereas, in 1984, Ohio enacted collective bargaining for public employees which afforded represented workers the legal right in negotiating workplace contracts with the public employers; and

Whereas, union shop security and public employee collective bargaining have benefited workers and consumers and created a vibrant middle class necessary in maintaining a strong local economy; and

Whereas, Ohio’s Legislature introduced legislation that would dismantle the collective bargaining law for public employees and eliminate the use of community workforce agreements; and

Whereas, successful attacks on unions will set working families back to a time when workers had no collective voice in the workplace. Now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Marion, Marion County, Ohio,

SECTION I. That the City of Marion formally recognizes that labor relations would be severely eroded if legislation is passed and/or executive orders are written in a manner that restricts the scope of collective bargaining in the State of Ohio.

SECTION II. That the City of Marion calls on the executive and legislative branches of the State of Ohio to cease the development of policies and legislation that restrict the rights of workers and local governments.

SECTION III. That the City of Marion calls on the executive and legislative branches of the State of Ohio to cease the repeal of policies and legislation that support the rights of workers and local governments.

SECTION IV. That the City of Marion supports, as written, the current collective bargaining laws of the State of Ohio and specifically opposes SB 5.

SECTION V That the City of Marion recognizes the use of community workforce agreements on public construction projects benefits local government, local workers and local businesses that rely on local consumers.

SECTION VI. That the Clerk of the City Council is hereby authorized and directed to forward a certified copy of this Resolution to the Clerk of the Ohio House of Representatives and request he forward a copy to each of the duly elected State Representatives and also forward a certified copy of this Resolution to the Clerk of the Ohio Senate and request he forward a copy to each of the duly elected State Senators.

SECTION VII. That this resolution takes effect on the earliest date allowed by law.


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Approved: Dave Edwards
President of Council

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Mayor Scott Schertzer

Attest;


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Clerk of Council