Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Nov. 8, 2011: Ohio Voters Repeal Anti-Worker Law

Unions win critical battle in Ohio.

I'm in Ohio right now, where working families just won an incredible victory.

Ohioans overwhelmingly voted to repeal Senate Bill 5--Gov. John Kasich's attack on middle-class jobs that was designed to destroy collective bargaining rights in Ohio.

We pieced together a short, powerful video summing up the amazing energy that went into this. I hope you'll take a moment to watch:

[ http://act.aflcio.org/c/18/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6115 ]

Tonight's victory represents a turning point in our collective work to protect good jobs, working families and workplace rights. But it's more than that. It's a long-overdue return to common sense.

From the very beginning of our jobs crisis, anti-worker politicians like Ohio's Gov. Kasich have used our poor economy to push a cynical political agenda that favors the richest 1 percent at the expense of the 99 percent. Today, Ohio voters rejected that agenda.

During this campaign, firefighters, nurses, teachers and other public employees were joined by construction workers, bakery workers and all kinds of private-sector workers. They came together to ensure the survival of the middle class. And together, we'll keep doing it. Politicians who side with the richest 1 percent will find their radical efforts stopped by working people who want America to work for everyone.

Watch the energy and dedication that went into this huge victory--and join us: [ http://act.aflcio.org/c/18/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6115 ].

This is "our" moment, and we won with solidarity. We won because the working people of Ohio--public and private sector, union and nonunion--stood together.

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