State Representative Danny Bubp visited two southern Ohio schools Monday to discuss the merits and concerns about pending state legislation commonly known as Senate Bill 5.
Between 150 to 200 individuals, including several teachers in Brown and Clermont counties, engaged in a town hall-styled discussion with Bubp at Georgetown High School on Monday evening. Bubp, who held a similar meeting attended by an estimated 175 individuals in West Union earlier that day, heard numerous concerns from local residents about the legalisation that, if approved, could eliminate most existing collective bargaining rights for unionized public employees.
Attendees raised several concerns about the bill, including questions about the "merit pay" provisions, concerns about losing the right to strike and dislike for the manner by which state officials have sought to pass the legislation
Bubp was joined by two staffers who researched specific questions about the language and provisions contained within the bill. Melissa Cropper, head of the Georgetown teacher's union and a librarian at Georgetown Exempted Village Schools, helped to organize and moderate the discussion.