Collective Bargaining and The Battle of Ohio The Defeat of Senate Bill 5 and the Struggle to Defend the Middle Class

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-14
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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In 2011, Ohio Governor John Kasich and his Republican-controlled legislature passed the radical Senate Bill 5 designed to impede the labor movement, particularly targeting unionized professors. Collective Bargaining and the Battle of Ohio is the story of how professors worked alongside firefighters, police, and janitors to defend universities, the value of higher education, and their collective bargaining rights. Faculty across the state joined 'We Are Ohio,' a historic coalition of unions and progressive groups that spearheaded efforts to protect employees' rights to have a voice in the workplace. A massive political struggle ensued, pitting the labor movement against powerful corporate forces, and on election day, Ohioans defended the middle class by repealing SB 5 by a nearly 2-1 margin. Through his compelling narrative, McNay outlines the importance of this powerful case study not only for Ohio, but also for its political, historical, and sociological implications.

Author Biography

John T. McNay is Professor of History at University of Cincinnati, USA. A specialist on the Cold War, he is the author of Acheson and Empire: The British Accent in American Foreign Relations (2001) and The Memoirs of Henry F. Grady: From the Great War to the Cold War (2009) as well as various articles and reviews. He is a graduate of Temple University, and currently serves as president of the Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors.

Table of Contents

1. The Storm Comes
2. Disaster Republicanism
3. The Battle Begins
4. GOP Forces Senate Bill 5 On Ohio
5. Gathering Forces
6. Extremism's High Tide
7. The Real Fight Begins
8. War on Many Fronts
9. Democracy Under Assault
10. "Stage is Set for Battle"
11. The Middle Class Defended
Conclusion: A 'Rendezvous with Destiny' – If We Choose

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