Ohioans to Vote On Collective Bargaining in November

| On 26, Jul 2011

Unionized workers in Ohio are not playing about their collective bargaining rights! (Video still courtesy of The Plain Dealer)

Voters in Ohio are making heaven and Earth move to protect the middle class.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced today that over 915,000 valid signatures had been collected statewide to put the collective bargaining initiative on the ballot for voters to decide. Only 231,147 were needed, according to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer.

So what does this mean? Ole Johnny (Kasich) and his GOP buddies in Columbus will have to answer to the people in November about this issue!

As you may remember, the issue over Senate Bill 5 in the Buckeye State involved a very heated debate over whether or not state workers should have collective bargaining rights. These privileges allow unionized state workers to negotiate with the Ohio for things like health insurance, time off, etc. The Senate bill was designed to stop that.

Well, Gov. John Kasich (R) and the GOP-controlled General Assembly passed the law in March, only further inciting the anger of Democrats and union members. Binding arbitration was immediately out for police and firefighters, merit-based pay increases took effect, and state workers were required to contribute to their health care plans.

The fight is far from over, but today’s news is an important step. I’m glad Ohioans rallied around this passionate issue and didn’t let the governor run them over.

Sidenote: Ohio voters still need to explain to me WHY they voted for Gov. Kasich in the first place. We’ll save that one for another post, though… lol.


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