Clinical Professor Ken Kowalski was interviewed yesterday, Tuesday, September 6, by Dick Russ of WKYC Channel 3 News. Russ asked Kowalski whether the firefighters’ assertion in their ad, that SB5, if not repealed through Issue 2, would make it illegal for them to negotiate the proper number of firefighters to ensure public safety, was accurate. In particular, the ad states”Issue 2 makes it illegal for [firefighters] to negotiate for enough firefighters to do the job. . . ” and “[f]ewer firefighters means slower response time and that can make the difference between life and death.” Kowalski responded by saying “[SB5] does say the number of employees required to be on duty would be an inappropriate subject for collective bargaining,” and that he believes “it means neither side is permitted to bargain about that.” When asked about the firefighters’ assertion that SB5 will lead to there being fewer firefighters to protect us, Kowalski says that is the firefighters’ professional opinion and not a matter of fact.
You can watch Dick Russ’ interview of Professor Kowalski, which he conducted on E.18th Street in front of C|M|LAW, at http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/205510/45/Truth-Test-Firefighters-anti-Issue-2-TV-ad