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The truth about public employees

THE TRUTH ABOUT PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

DEBUNKING THE MYTHS

Gov. John Kasich and his bullies are trying to paint a false picture of our hard-working police, fire fighters, civil workers and teachers. teacher.jpgDon't you believe it. Here are the facts about dedicated public servants, as presented by the Ohio Democratic Party.

THE PAY MYTH

  • On average, public employees actually earn $2,000 less than private sector peers
  • On average, public employees are higher educated (48%) than private sector peers (23%)
  • Higher educated private sector employees earn on average $22,966 more a year than public employees

DRAIN ON THE BUDGET MYTH

  • Public employees are not responsible for the $8 billion budget deficit in Ohio
  • Eliminating every state employee job in Ohio would only save $2 billion
  • Budget gaps in states without collective bargaining are 16.7% higher on average than Ohio
  • Anti-union forces are using public employees as scapegoats

THE SACRIFICE MYTH

  • Public employees have agreed to make sacrifices
  • They have taken furloughed days without pay amounting to 10% of annual salaries
  • They have taken four pay freezes in 9 years
  • They are contributing more to their health care plans

Kasich: I don't need your people

Kasich on all-white cabinet: No qualified candidates

John Kasich is the first Ohio governor since the 1960s to start his term by appointing an all-white cabinet. (And only five are women.) His reason? He couldn't find "qualified candidates." Sound familiar?

After an outcry, he has appointed one minority member -- Michael Colbert, who is black -- as director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. But Colbert had previously been serving as interim director of the social welfare agency.

When the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus offered to help Kasich diversify his cabinet choices, he told them, "I dojohn kasich jpgn't need your people." His staff later said he meant Democrats, not people of color. What?

State Senator Nina Turner (D-District 25, Cleveland) recalls Kasich's rebuff (from the Jan. 31, 2011, Ed Show on MSNBC). She points out that cabinet positions call for administrative skills, not agreement with Kasich's political outlook. And surely there are qualified people of color in Ohio, or in the country, who are experienced administrators.

Kasich's stance shows "strong insensitivity," Turner noted. We'll say. After all, Kasich already has skipped a remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- and issued a proclamation honoring the civil rights leader on St. Patrick's Day.

More:

I-Publist.com, "Ohio Governor Says, 'I Don't Need Your People'"

ThinkProgress.com, "Gov. Kasich to Black Lawmaker, 'I Don't Need Your People'"

 

 

 

The Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus Luncheon

THE OHIO DEMOCRATIC WOMEN'S CAUCUS 2010 LUNCHEON

Saturday, October 2, 2010

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Luncheon

Featuring Special Guest and Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown

Candidate, Lieutenant Governor

Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center

10561 Sawmill Parkway, Powell, Ohio

$50 per person; $500 per table

Tickets can be purchased on-line HERE

Call Erin Upchurch with questions at 286-6519

 

Petition: Guns and alcohol don't mix

Imagine loaded guns in family restaurants and in crowded bars. Imagine loaded guns at a sold-out Ohio State football game or Cincinnati Reds baseball game.

Last week a bill allowing permit holders to carry concealed guns into bars, restaurants and sporting events that serve alcohol passed the Ohio Senate.

Facts about John Kasich

Check out "The Truth About John Kasich" from the Ohio Democratic Party.

Former Congressman, Fox News personality, and investment banker John Kasich is running on the Republican ticket for governor of Ohio.

During his 18 years in Congress, Kasich was an architect of the failed Washington-Wall Street trickle-down policies that got us into this economic mess. He voted to give China favored trade status and supported free trade agreements like NAFTA, both of which cost Ohio thousands of jobs.

Then he went to Wall Street and cashed in on these policies at Lehman Brothers, the firm whose collapse marked the beginning of the global economic crisis.

Now Congressman Kasich wants to bring these failed policies–and his radical agenda–to Ohio.

 

Rally for Comprehensive Health Care ReformThis Saturday

Join UAPA this Saturday at the State House!

statehouseJoin up with AFSCME and other partners this Saturday as we call on members of the Ohio Congressional delegation to support HR 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act as it comes to a vote in the House of Representatives next week.

Saturday, July 25, 2009, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ohio State House North Plaza

(Broad Street between High and Third)


Rallly Partners Include Progress Ohio, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Council 8, Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA), Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE), and AFSCME Retirees Chapter 1184.

For more information, contact Aryeh Alex at aalex@afsmce.org, or 513.478.5928

Ohioans call on Representatives Driehaus, Space, Boccieri and Tiberi to vote yes on HR 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act. The bill is a uniquely American solution to the health care crisis. HR 3200 includes the choice of a public health insurance plan that will compete with private insurance companies to keep them honest and lower costs.

Education Rally This Friday!

Meet

Governor Ted Strickland

and

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan


this Friday at a rally for education reform in Ohio.

Ted/Arne

Friday, May 8th at 11:45 AM

The West Lawn of the Schottenstein Center

The Ohio State University

555 Borror Rd

Columbus, OH 43210 [directions]

Please RSV here.

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