Kasich: Provisions force nurses, others to unionize
Gov.-elect says he will rescind two executive orders signed by Strickland.
Laura A. Bischoff | Dayton Daily News
9:06 PM Friday, December 3, 2010
Republican John Kasich said Friday that he would rescind two executive orders signed by Gov. Ted Strickland that authorized home- health care and day-care workers to unionize.
“I don’t like that provision. That executive order is probably toast. We will reverse that,” Kasich said.
He said he believed the order giving collective bargaining rights to independent home health-care workers forced nurses and others to unionize and pay dues when they don’t want to do so.
AFSCME Council 8 General Counsel Sean Grayson says the order does not force unionization, but sets up a process for workers to decide by secret ballot.
In two big wins for organized labor, Strickland signed an order in July 2007 establishing collective bargaining for home healthcare workers and another order in February 2008 for child-care home providers.
AFSCME Council 8 now represents roughly 7,000 independent childcare workers who provide in-home care and are reimbursed with state and federal welfare money. If Kasich rescinds the executive order, the union still has a binding, multiyear collective bargaining agreement, said Grayson. The council has about 50,000 members in Ohio, including the child-care workers.
The Service Employees International Union District 1199 organized 7,000 health care workers who provide in-home nursing and aide services and are paid with state and federal funds. Their union contract with the state expires in 2012.
The additional workers boost SEIU’s Ohio membership to 25,000 members.