Actively Working to Bust Unions
It is clear that one of The Buckeye Institute’s main goals is to chip away at worker’s rights and their union protections. They are coming at us from every possible angle. Find out how they are manipulating issues relating to workers to weaken your rights and silence your voice in the workplace.
In 2011, the Buckeye Institute engaged in extensive lobbying activity in support of SB 5, which sought to take away collective bargaining rights for 350,000 public employees in Ohio. In addition to encouraging voters to contact their Senators and advocate for the legislation’s approval, the Buckeye Institute joined with Americans for Prosperity (AFP) to oppose a grassroots coalition of workers who went directly to Ohio voters to exercise a citizens’ veto of SB 5. The Buckeye Institute has dedicated an entire section of its website to collective bargaining reform.
After voters vetoed SB 5 in November 2011 by an overwhelming 62-38 percent margin, the Buckeye Institute teamed with ALEC and the AFP to try to bring Right to Work is Wrong to Ohio.
Workers in Right to Work states earn less, die on the job at greater rates, have less access to healthcare and pensions, and have weaker unions. The Buckeye Institute promotes Right to Work to hurt workers and further enrich their masters.
The Buckeye Institute was ready to pounce as soon as the anti-worker US Supreme Court ruled on the Janus case to make Right to Work for public employees the law of the land. They immediately launched a well-funded, but failed, campaign to try to convince workers to turn their backs on their union representation in the workplace.
Anything that gives workers a strong voice on the job, the Buckeye Institute wants to take away. Exclusive representation makes unions strong, but the Buckeye Institute is actively filing lawsuits and pursuing legislation to dismantle that right and weaken your voice. The Buckeye Institute has filed a lawsuit and has made Ohio ground zero for exclusive representation. This could be the next anti-worker issue decided by the far-right US Supreme Court.