For months, Governor John Kasich has been saying that public sector workers, including teachers, should take cuts in their salaries and benefits because the taxpayers who ultimately pay them aren’t doing so well in the current economy. He introduced the controversial Senate Bill 5, which would eliminate collective bargaining rights for public workers and give them no say in their benefits and working conditions. It’s now the target of a ballot repeal effort led by public-sector and other unions.
These workers apparently aren’t aware that Kasich really, really loves them.
In honor of “Teacher Appreciation Week” and “Public Worker Appreciation Week” (both May 1-7), the governor yesterday issued resolutions heaping lavish praise upon them.
“Education is a grand and powerful profession, worthy to be honored and respected,” he proclaimed. “Teachers are, and will continue to be, a dynamic force in the educational process … teachers in Ohio have consistently documented their professional competence and commitment to students through their willingness to give of their time, energy, talents, and ideas. They are to be praised for the progress their students are making.”
Of public service workers, he says, “Ohio government depends upon the dedicated work of professional public servant to tend to the day-to-day functioning of our communities … In order for our society to accomplish great things, it must heed the importance of the work of public servants.”
Across Ohio hundreds of thousands of teachers, librarians, police officers, fire fighters, social workers, and pothole-fillers are currently trying to convince themselves that words speak louder than actions. — Anastasia Pantsios