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.