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Kasich to yank union approval

It appears this has turned into a union vs non-union thread. I know it is probably not worth much to this argument at this point, but I will put in my 2 cents. The story is talking about independent home care and child care unions started in the last 2 years. I do not know much about the home care union, but I do know a little about the child care union. The child care union was started in shady way. They sent out a “ballot” of whether you wanted the union or not as a child care provider. You had to respond no, for it to mean no. Well, of course many did not respond thinking that if they did not, it would be a “no” vote. Needless to say, the union finagled it’s way into their lives (and pockets). No provider in the county I live wanted anything to do with it. The union (or Strickland) also changed the legislation of unionization at the last minute and it became REQUIRED to be a fair share, even if you did not want to be a part of the union. In less than six months the union has sucked up $715,000 of home based child care money for union representation a majority of them did not want to have.  (Dec 6, 2010 | post #170)

Columbus Dispatch

Fatal crash shows point of texting bans | The Columbus Di...

The only reason the whole "texting ban" is more important to those in power is it is something their generation does not use. If someone pushed banning talking on cell phones while driving these same people would whine and cry a river since that is something they are more likely to do. Not saying texting is acceptable but don't try to act all holy knowing that talking on the phone is worse than having a few drinks in your system.  (Nov 4, 2010 | post #16)

DispatchPolitics

Food-stamp cuts may aid Medicaid

I will have to watch what happens with this.  (Aug 4, 2010 | post #9)

Columbus Dispatch

Toyota leasing offers could backfire | The Columbus Dispatch

Well, it is a business decision they have to make. Sure Toyo may be down 1% in used car prices in June, but in today's economy that still is not half bad. Other things to consider in the numbers are the fact that maybe more people are buying a new Toyo instead of a used. Toyo's have held their value quite well and I have always thought used Toyos were too highly priced. It would also be interesting to see the numbers of used cars moved. Is the 1% decrease in resale value because they sold more use Corollas than Camrys? Is Chevy reselling more Tahoes than Cobalts? Did the recent period of reinvigorated marketing and redesigning stir more interest in Chevy? Only time will tell if their lease plans will backfire.  (Aug 2, 2010 | post #1)

Columbus Dispatch

Football: Huber Heights' Miller picks Buckeyes | BuckeyeXtra

Someone please "school" me...why would these schools be sooooo much in a hurry to get a kid in their freshman year? ..even after being injury prone (sounds familiar to the Buckeyes). What makes him so great of a prospect that large schools are drooling over him already? Huge numbers? I don't follow the high school scouting so please forgive my ignorance.  (Jun 3, 2010 | post #40)

Columbus Dispatch

At least 1 believed dead in Muskingum County school-bus c...

Just read an article stating that to equipped a bus with restraint devices would cost $10,000 per bus. The Feds don't require it..they leave it to the states. Only California mandates safety belts in buses. After that, the states leave it up to local authority to enforce the belts. Lap belts only are dangerous in the typical head on collision. But I digress, families you are in my thoughts.  (Jun 2, 2010 | post #53)

Columbus Dispatch

Walmart worker fired for stopping shoplifter | The Columb...

Another "roll back"...broug ht to you by Walmart! We save you money by letting employees go! Seriously though, Walmart was already low in my opinion. This just dropped them further. If this is policy, it must mean it is chainwide. I understand the worry about safety issues, but if she has never had any other demerit on her record this is plain stupidity.  (May 26, 2010 | post #6)

DispatchPolitics

Union talk not a part of required child-care training

I believe it is directly written into O.R.C. that as long as you are a home based provider, you are REQUIRED to pay fair share. No if, ands, or buts about it. There is no work around to it. The only choice you have is if you want to actively participate or not. This does not have any effect on centers or home based centers. Q: Is the fair share a one time $25 fee, or is it monthly? A: The $25 fair share dues will be deducted on a monthly basis if the ICCHP’s reimbursement for that month is sufficient to cover the deduction. Q: Can a provider choose not to participate in having the fair share dues deducted from their reimbursement? A: No, the "fair share" union deductions are authorized by Section 741.05 of Am. Sub. H.B. 1 of the 128th General Assembly and required by the collective bargaining agreement. If a ICCHP has any additional questions regarding union fees, they should be directed to their union representative. Q: Is there a difference between the $25 “fair share” dues, and the “union dues” for the providers who choose to join AFSCME Council 8? A: The deduction amount for union member dues and the required deduction for non-members “fair share” is the same amount, $25 per month. Please note: Any ICCHPs desiring details of union dues or any other deductions pertaining to AFSCME Council 8 members should contact one of the eight AFSCME Council 8 regional offices which can be found through the following AFSCME Ohio Council 8 web-site link: www.afscmecouncil8 .org  (May 20, 2010 | post #25)

Columbus Dispatch

Ohio House bill would require meth lab disclosure | The C...

Forgive me for my meth ignorance but.. Is it me...or is this worthless legislation? What meth-head is going disclose they brewing meth openly? How will houses and vehicles be tested? What happens if I have bought one of these vehicles unknowingly, try to sell it, and then whatever test for meth comes up positive? Do I (as the non-guilty party) get in trouble and am I stuck with car/house labeled negatively that I had no control over?  (May 20, 2010 | post #1)

DispatchPolitics

Union talk not a part of required child-care training

Sadly, they don't give the full details of this. All the providers (whether they want to participate or not) are "fair share", meaning they are required to pay $25 a month for union dues. If they don't make enough in one month, they union dues roll over to the next month. The biggest stinkfest of this whole thing is the fact the union was ratified in a dirty method. The union had to get a majority yes vote to be ratified. Out of 12,000 providers statewide, only about 400 got the ballot. You had to respond with "no" to make it a no vote. It did not count as a "no" vote if you did not respond. Only about 251 wanted the union ratified in Ohio. Which providers were sent these ballots? We will never know... The union would never tell us. Plus who is to say they did not sent the ballot to only those who showed interest.  (May 14, 2010 | post #7)

Columbus Dispatch

Apple halts Lala; big news in June? | The Columbus Dispatch

I shed a tear as the beloved Lala service is terminating on May 31st. I own an iPod and use iTunes. I just have a feeling that if/when Apple releasing their version of Lala, it will be burdened with red tape, limited choice, and ads. Also, this spells the end of Google using the service when you search for a song and want to hear it real quick.  (May 3, 2010 | post #1)

Columbus Dispatch

Daughter's drug abuse alters judge's thinking | The Colum...

I want to say thanks and good job to legal system in this instance. No one tried to sweep it under the rug or short hand anything. It was honorable to step down as the judge. Major kudos to the judge and others involved in this!  (Apr 22, 2010 | post #21)

DispatchPolitics

Teachersa contact info not public

Thanks for that judgement! I am not a teacher, but why should a teacher have their PERSONAL contact information as part of PUBLIC record? Do I get contact information for the rude waitress at the diner? Do I get contact info for the moron that drives badly? ..and on and on. If you have a concerns or praise for a public employee, go through their employer. It not only is the "proper" thing to do, it also lets the "chain of command" how that person is really performing.  (Apr 21, 2010 | post #4)

DispatchPolitics

Stimulus aid to help OSU teach about 'smart grid'

Save the money..put it towards an actual smart grid. There is this wonderful thing called research, the library, and the internet. They have full books, websites, etc. on the subject! I also read somewhere (can't remember the source but I believe Popular Mechanics) that other big name universities have already studied smart grids. Basically they are a brilliant idea, but it would require a complete change in how business is done and physical wiring requirements to businesses and homes. "Here is $2.5 million to draw up a program syllabus and throw a interim teacher in each quarter."  (Apr 12, 2010 | post #3)

DispatchPolitics

Health reform also overhauls student loans

My biggest pet peeve..Pell Grants. I have no hard numbers, but in my experience (both personal and business) most people that receive the Pell Grant never obtain a degree. Heck, most just go to school so they do not have to work. This also effects those that work and try to take classes. Our local colleges used to be known for catering to the working adult who needed classes later in the day. The people I speak of above only want to take classes earlier in the day. So what has that done? The local colleges now only offer a few classes at night, but more or less push students to the morning classes and shut down the night classes. And since Pell grants, loans and scholarships don't count as income for government assistance programs, they are living the easy life. Oh, and Obama wants to let people only pay a portion of their school loan and then let them off after 20 years to boot.  (Mar 31, 2010 | post #3)

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