My name is Neil Preston and I am an employee of the state of Ohio. I make an honest living and pay thousands of dollars each year for my healthcare benefits and retirement, just like most everyone else. I am also a taxpayer, just like you, and pay towards the public services we all take for granted each and every day.

My name is Neil Preston and I am an employee of the state of Ohio. I make an honest living and pay thousands of dollars each year for my healthcare benefits and retirement, just like most everyone else. I am also a taxpayer, just like you, and pay towards the public services we all take for granted each and every day.

I live in a rented home in Upper Arlington with my wife and children because I cannot afford to buy a house in the neighborhood in which we live. I am a proud and active member of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA), whose members chose to take major concessions during the last two collective bargaining agreements with the State of Ohio.

OCSEA members have had their pay frozen for five of the last eight years and also agreed to take 20 unpaid leave days (Cost Savings Days) over the past two years to help save the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

Senate Bill 5 will eliminate the ability for state, local and other government employees, including teachers, firefighters, law enforcement officers and public safety workers, to bargain for their wages, health care, pension and working conditions. Senate Bill 5 is being touted as a way to balance the budget and help create jobs. The reality is, Senate Bill 5 will not balance the budget, it will eliminate many jobs and services.

Public servants are the fabric of middle class America and Senate Bill 5 will upset the balance that collective bargaining brings to public sector employees in the workplace. In the nearly 30 years since collective bargaining has been in place, the state of Ohio has seen a significant decrease in the number of public employee strikes and has allowed public servants to bargain for fair wages and benefits so they can live the middle class American dream.

Please join me in opposing Senate Bill 5 by contacting your state representative by calling 888-218-5931. By opposing Senate Bill 5 you will be protecting the safety and future of all Ohioans.