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Marietta firefighters pinpoint shortcomings of State Issue 2

November 4, 2011
The Marietta Times

Issue 2 has raised safety concerns for firefighters, law enforcement officers and other public employees. We are asking the public to vote "no" on Issue 2. The pro 2 advocates would have us believe that the workplace will be a safer place if the issue is passed. The vagueness of the law guarantees nothing. The law should have been only about financial reform. But during the crafting of the bill SB5, it was twisted into a law that takes away almost all collective bargaining rights of the employees. Employees receive wages and any negotiated benefits in exchange for services provided to the public. Issue 2 tilts the bargaining table heavily towards the employer's side of resolution. Topics such as equipment, training, safety clothing, work environment, working hours and available manpower are no longer available to directly bargain "Unless" the Employer allows such items. Issue 2 takes off the table the negotiating of and current contract language which guarantees "safety" for employees. It only allows bargaining for wages. The employer will have final authority over any impasses, and thus prohibits independent, non-affiliated, unbiased third parties from helping reach a mutually beneficial solution to taxpayers. It is like going to divorce court and finding that the judge is your ex-spouse.



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