Ohio Has Lost 4,648 State Union Jobs Since John Kasich Took Office

According to the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Ohio had 40,516 bargaining unit employees working for the state in January, 2011 , when John Kasich first took office.   As of July, 2014, three and a half years later, we are down to 35,868.  That’s a loss of 4,648 union jobs – or 8.6%!  Nearly half – 2,318 in total – were corrections/prison-related positions.

Some of these losses came when the Kasich administration privatized Ohio’s prison food service.  Kasich pitched the idea as a way to save the state money, but the contract with Aramark to provide meals to Ohio’s inmates has ended up causing nothing but problems as the company’s low-paid, poorly-trained workers have failed to show up for work, been caught having sex with the inmates and, again and again, can’t keep maggots out of the food.

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