Sunday, January 1, 2012
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Marlene Quinn credits firefighters with saving her granddaughter after a fire and footage of her interview is being used by Pro-Labor group We Are Ohio and Pro SB5 Bill group Building A Better Ohio.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
In March, Ohio GOP legislators passed Senate Bill 5, which drastically reduced the bargaining power of public employees' unions. Unionists and their Democratic allies gathered signatures to force a referendum on the law as Issue 2, on Nov. 8.
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Monday, September 26, 2011
Ohio voters prepare for intense and historic campaign over collective bargaining for public workers
John Morris walked down the tree-lined streets of Shaker Heights, knocking on doors and buttonholing residents. An English teacher at the high school, Morris had a simple message to share: "We are dealing with cutbacks like every other citizen," Morris said. "We just want a place at the table." Get ready, Ohio. Morris, and many others like him, will be coming soon to a door near you. Thanks to Issue 2, this will not be a sleepy off-year election. On Nov. 8, Ohio voters will decide on the controversial law, championed by Gov. John Kasich and originally passed by the GOP-dominated Legislature as Senate Bill 5, to dramatically restrict the collective bargaining rights of the state's public workers. Ohio residents will have front-row seats to …
We take a look at Senate Bill 5 to drill down to the facts of how Ohio's new collective bargaining law would affect public employees
Senate Bill 5 In A Nutshell: Right now, public employees have a wide range of things they can bargain for with their employers: wages, benefits, working conditions, staffing levels and much more. Senate Bill 5 restricts the range of topics that can be haggled over. Who is Affected: State employees, public university employees, school district employees and local government workers. The law does not apply to private sector union members. What Stays: According to the law, collective bargaining is still permitted on wages, hours and "terms and conditions" of employment. But it's not so simple as that, of course. According to Politifact Ohio, the law "effectively wipes out salary schedules in past labor contracts and directs cities and unions …
Saturday, September 17, 2011
We Are Ohio, the coalition of unions and collective bargaining supporters seeking to defeat Issue 2, kicked off its campaign on the Cleveland East Side
On Nov. 8, Ohio voters will decide the future of collective bargaining, a referendum with major political implications in this state and across the country. Groups on both sides of Issue 2 – the name of the referendum on the new collective bargaining law, otherwise known as Senate Bill 5 – are beginning to roll out their campaign machines. Both sides have produced television ads and begun to reach out to voters. "Each side is going to try to educate the voters," said John Green, executive director of the University of Akron's Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. "Of course, they are going to educate them alongside their point of view." On Saturday, We Are Ohio, the pro-union coalition against SB5, opened a campaign office in Shaker …
Friday, July 1, 2011
Nearly 1.3 million signatures were collected around the state of Ohio.
The decision to repeal Senate Bill 5 will be left to the people, after 1.3 million signatures were collected in 88 counties to put the measure on the ballot. Stow unionmembers had a petition drive on June 9 where they collected 50 signatures, and while that might seem like a drop in the bucket compared to the overall tally, Mark Hodson, President of the Stow Firefighters International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 1662, said that they reached out for signatures later. "We heard from just as many that were there that had already signed a petition," Hodson said. "My Local 1662 brothers were able to gather close to 350 petitions ourselves, and I believe the other unions also did well." Unionmembers, volunteers and others marched in…