Thank you to those who have spent time sending messages to members of the House Finance Committee. Your activism is absolutely critical. This is an extremely serious situation, as our collective bargaining rights are being threatened.
We now need to refocus our efforts on contacting only the Republican members of the Finance Committee AND House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger. Their offices need to be inundated with calls and e-mails so that they realize these provisions are strongly and widely opposed.
The bill will be voted on in committee on Monday, and the full House will vote on Wednesday. Place calls and send e-mails through Monday.
Here is the contact information:
Speaker Cliff Rosenberger: (614) 466-3506; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Ryan Smith: (614) 466-1366; email@example.com
Rep. Kirk Schuring: (614) 752-2438, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Marlene Anielski: (614) 644-6041; email@example.com
Rep. Tony Burkley: (614) 644-5091; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Robert Cupp: (614) 466-9624; email@example.com
Rep. Timothy Derickson: (614) 644-5094; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Mike Dovilla: (614) 466-4895; email@example.com
Rep. Mike Duffey: (614) 644-6030; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Doug Green: (614) 644-6034; email@example.com
Rep. Cheryl Grossman: (614) 466-9690; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. David Hall: (614) 466-2994; email@example.com
Rep. Stephanie Kunze: (614) 466-8012; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Ron Maag: (614) 644-6023; email@example.com
Rep. Jeff McClain: (614) 644-6265; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Rick Perales: (614) 644-6020; email@example.com
Rep. Bill Reineke: (614) 466-1374; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Mark Romanchuk: (614) 466-5802; email@example.com
Rep. Gary Scherer: (614) 644-7928; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Barbara Sears: (614) 466-1731; email@example.com
Rep. Robert Sprague: (614) 466-3819; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Andy Thompson: (614) 644-8728; email@example.com
For purposes of sending one e-mail message to all of these representatives, here is a list you can simply copy and paste:
Rep06@ohiohouse.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.orgMany of you may call these offices over the weekend when no one is there. That is fine. Leave messages. Whether or not someone answers, you can say:
“I’m calling to express my strong opposition to the language in Substitute House Bill 64 that is aimed at taking away collective bargaining rights for faculty. I hope that Representative (their name) will work to remove this language in the House Finance Committee.”
And here is a revised, sample e-mail message:
Subject: Please remove anti-faculty language from HB 64
I am writing to express my strong opposition to the language in Substitute House Bill 64 that is aimed at taking away collective bargaining rights for public college and university faculty.
The language would reclassify faculty as management, and contends that they are managers because of basic functions they perform in their jobs, like choosing curriculum.
If faculty had true decision-making power at our institutions of higher education, our institutions would be run much differently. There would be more focus on instruction and research rather than on a construction arms race and deficit-spending on athletic programs.
Apparently, this language has been included to help institutions “control costs.”
Faculty are not driving up costs at our institutions, and the data proves that. Over the last 10 years, faculty salaries and benefits have failed to keep pace with inflation. In fact, when adjusted for inflation, instructional compensation has declined over 4%. The real problem is that administrations are prioritizing spending on things that are peripheral to the educational mission of our public institutions. That is the issue that needs to be addressed.
In addition, if faculty were elevated to management status, wouldn’t that imply they would earn more, not less? If staff were hired for the service work that faculty volunteer to do, employment costs at our universities would soar. Faculty service provides exactly the kind of efficiency the legislature is always demanding. Why undermine it?
This language is a thinly-veiled attempt to strip faculty of their collective bargaining rights and is no different than the attack that was in SB 5 four years ago. We do not need another divisive collective bargaining battle in Ohio.
Please do the rational and right thing and push for the removal of these amendments from Substitute HB 64.