Ohio Voters Reject Collective Bargaining Law, Protect Union Workers

James Johnson

Ohio voters on Tuesday rejected a Republican backed plan to dismantle much of the states union-backed collective bargaining rights.

The bill was defeated after an expensive campaign was mounted by the states major unions, a campaign that pitted firefighters, teachers, police officers and other state workers against the political establishment.

According to the Associated Press businesses and unions poured more than $30 million into nationally watched commercials, internet campaigns and radio ads.

Speaking about their victory AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka revealed:

"Ohio sent a message to every politician out there: Go in and make war on your employees rather than make jobs with your employees, and you do so at your own peril."
“It’s clear that the people have spoken.”
“In a campaign like this, you give it your best, and if you don’t win and the people speak in a loud voice, you pay attention to what they have to say, and you think about it."

Do you believe that the failure to pass this bill is a sign that state workers are attempting to take back control of their own futures or a simple misstep by the GOP?

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