A new report has looked at collective bargaining compromises in Ohio and found that public employees have saved their employers and taxpayers a substantial amount of money (over $1 billion).
Among the findings:
- Public union workers have saved taxpayers $1,059,881,500 billion through collective bargaining concessions since 2008.
- Teachers and support staff accepted wage freezes in more than 90 percent of collective bargaining agreements this year – concessions not tallied in this report because they are not yet available.
- Last year, at least 65 percent of public employee contracts included at least 1 year of wage freezes, some furlough days, reduced compensation, rollovers or economic re-openers.
- Some of the lowest-paid public employees – non-teaching personnel such as custodians – have gone up to eight years without a pay increase in exchange for stable health care costs.
- A Warren police officer blames cuts in safety forces for the injuries he sustained while rescuing people from a burning building in which one person died.
- More than two-thirds of all teachers’ contracts increased employee insurance premium contributions or significantly changed their health plans, with the savings often used to improve educational opportunities for students.
- More than 93 percent of public workers already pay for their own pension contribution, with no pick-up from their employers.
- On average, county and state employees pay more than 15 percent for their health care plans.