Students are conditioned to believe that a degree will guarantee them a job in their field of choice and that they will be paid accordingly. What students are not conditioned to believe is that this is slowly becoming a joke.
“Students are conditioned to believe that a degree will guarantee them a job in their field of choice and that they will be paid accordingly. What students are not conditioned to believe is that this is slowly becoming a joke.
Ohio Senate Bill 5 is the first serious attempt at stripping away all the rights public workers have. The bill has many aspects, none of which are desirable. The main idea behind the proposal is that workers should not be given annual raises; rather, workers should be given raises on performance based merit. In theory this is a nice idea, but in actuality, merit means nothing. Merit is in the eye of the beholder. What if the boss is on a power trip and detests your voice? Those aren’t valid reasons to be fired, but it happens.
The other main focus of the bill is to cut state funding. In the dream world, this bill will save Ohio $1.3 billion dollars. Not only does it base pay increases and job security on merit, but it also requires employees to pay for a large chunk of their insurance. It will change sick time and various other vacation days.
Let me get this straight; students will spend four or more years slaving away in college, spending money they do not have for a piece of paper that may or may not grant them a job. If a student is lucky enough to get a job, under this bill they won’t be guaranteed a pay raise, they’ll barely have insurance and their job security will be nonexistent.
This bill further propels the idea that the government does not care about the everyday working man. Instead, it reinforces the idea that the only thing that matters is money.