Ohioans Strike Down Restrictions on Public Unions
Matt | On 09, Nov 2011
Ohioans are slowly redeeming themselves in my election book with their vote on Tuesday to do away with controversial Senate Bill 5.
Earlier this year, the Ohio General Assembly bill attempted to limit the collective bargaining power of public unions in the state. Democrats and union activists across the state protested and put their foot down and dared the bill to go into effect.
Activists collected over 915,000 signatures to have a referendum on the vote on Tuesday (known statewide as Issue 2). This allowed the entire state, instead of just the legislature, to decide whether public employees — firefighters, police, teachers, etc.– should have the right to negotiate items such as salary, benefits, etc. with the state.
Well, the people of Ohio have spoken after receiving massive national coverage about the issue. Voters struck down Issue 2 by a margin of 61 to 39 percent in early poll returns. The Associated Press called the election in favor of union workers shortly after 9:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday night. **(The win percentage will change as more returns are counted).**
Now if Ohio could just act out on their 2010 buyer’s remorse and get Gov. John Kasich out of office, they would be in even better shape. You NEVER let someone from FOX News run your state at the executive level!! ::sigh::