On March 31st, Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 5 -- hyper-partisan legislation rammed through the legislature that strips hard-working middle class Ohioans of a voice in their workplace. The bill is unsafe, unfair, and will do nothing to get Ohio working again.
Thanks to the signatures of nearly one million Buckeye State citizens, the issue will be put to a referendum vote November 8th as Issue 2 on ballots statewide.
But the legislature can still do its part to reverse this unsafe, unfair bill that hurts all Ohioans.
Take action today and urge your representatives in the Ohio legislature stand with workers across Ohio by repealing Senate Bill 5.
-Issue 2 Is Unsafe
It makes it harder for emergency responders, police and firefighters to negotiate for critical safety equipment and training that protects us all. It will also make our nursing shortage worse by declaring it illegal for nurses, hospital and clinic workers to demand reasonable and safe staffing levels.
-Issue 2 Is Unfair
The same Columbus politicians who claim “we all must sacrifice” carved out a special exception for politicians and upper management. Meanwhile, Ohio’s public service workers have already sacrificed, saving Ohio taxpayers more than $250 million through pay freezes and unpaid furlough days and an additional $100 million in increased health care contributions from employees.
-Issue 2 Hurts Us All
Instead of creating jobs to fix our economy, Gov. Kasich gave away hundreds of millions in corporate tax breaks. Ohio Teachers, nurses, firefighters are not the reason Ohio’s budget is in trouble. Big corporations, their high-paid lobbyists and the politicians they fund are blaming middle class Ohioans for a problem they themselves caused.