5,000 Rally Against Ohio Anti-Worker Bill

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    Feb 19, 2011 2:16 AM GMT
    Just got a report from some of our folks on the ground in Columbus, Ohio: more than 5,000 people—firefighters, teachers, small business leaders, community members and other public-service workers—filled the statehouse again today to show their opposition to Senate Bill 5 which would eliminate collective bargaining rights for all state workers, including faculty and staff at Ohio state colleges and universities.

    This afternoon, the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee is hearing testimony from opponents of the bill. Just in the past week, tens of thousands of phone calls, e-mails and hand-written postcards have been delivered to senators urging them to oppose Gov. John Kasich’s (R) partisan assault on working families.

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    Feb 19, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    Good for them. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 19, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    This is such an irritating distraction from the very real problems our state has. Kasich is a fucktard of the first order.
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    Feb 19, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    I WAS THERE!.......
    I am so disgusted with the politics of this state
    This is not even about creating jobs or balancing the state budget.....strictly about eliminating a huge funding vehicle (unions) for Democrats.... even the bill sponsor has admitted this is NOT about the budget.....The new Governor is a little HITLER and has the legislature in his pocket. His attack on Unions is very much a partisan issue. Kasick and the new Republican Governors across the country that were funded by the Republican Governors Association, are all doing the same thing against the unions.....to eliminate their ability to fund Democratic candidates and issues....

    The Union for State Employees in Ohio, is a union in name more than anything else. We don't have a strike fund, we can't strike, by state law, we have taken 10 furlough days for each of the last 2 years, our % insurance costs have gone up, the part we pay has gone up, our coverage is alot worse, the % we pay toward our retirement has increased, we have taken pay freezes in 6 of the last 9 years....etc. This is NOT the same union as the teachers, the firemen or police, and certainly not the Teamsters, Autoworkers, or the Steelworkers....