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Issue 2 Vote: Opponents, Supporters of SB5 Kick Off Campaigns

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 Square by rallying volunteers and then sending them out door-to-door and by telephone to convince voters their side is right. They are also airing television ads.

Building a Better Ohio, the pro-SB5 group, is airing television ads and also beginning canvassing efforts.

Senate Bill 5, championed by Republican Gov. John Kasich, was approved by the GOP-controlled legislature in March and restricts collective bargaining rights for the state's roughly 360,000 public-sector employees. Not one Democrat voted for the bill.

But opponents rallied by collecting more than 900,000 verified signatures to get the law placed on the Nov. 8 ballot as Issue 2. A yes vote upholds the new collective bargaining law. A no vote repeals it.

Supporters of the law believe it will help government better control the heavy burden of personnel costs, reducing taxing and spending and helping create new jobs. They say that Senate Bill 5 restores a balance between the needs of government works and the ability of the taxpayers to fund government operations.

Opponents say the law is an unfair attack on workers' rights and goes after the people who make government work: the teachers, fire fighters and police who work in communities across Ohio. They say SB5 will cost jobs and lower wages for middle-class families across the state.

Patch will have extensive coverage of this issue throughout the campaign, so check back often to find out the latest on the Issue 2 battle.

Harry H. September 23, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Yes thank you for posting one side of the equation. Oh, and for the Obama bash as a bonus. Nobody is falling for the lies that SB5 is somehow to help anyone but the fatcats that came up with it. Unions vote primarily democrat because they care more about the working class in this country. While they too take contributions if you have to pick a lesser evil, democrats are it. Nobody votes for them to spend endlessly, and they will listen if enough people tell them to slow it down. But they aren't attacking Unions, Social Security, Medicare and environmental safeguards (such as the EPA) like the republicans. Oh and they agree that a public education system is important. Except for a few religious folk, republicans only care about what their corporate agendas tell them too. They want uneducated, cheap, non-union labor. The private sector is way behind on wages benefits so that's not impeding the rich from getting richer. They moved factories overseas and opened bogus headquarters overseas to get out of taxes so they have that. They are running out of ways to get rich. Enter the attack on public service and education. Hmmm. Sorry Victor but we won't be fooled by you and the other baggers. NO on ISSUE 2 !!!!!!!
Rob Baker September 30, 2011 at 04:55 AM
Depends on when there contracts came up for negotiation. Some recent negotiations yes I'm sure SB5 motivated them to get deal done, but any admin worth anything could and should negotiate concession in this current economy. If you think all recent consessions are all do to SB5 you're really more misguided than I thought. Are you suggesting that if its not on the buckeye institiute it didn't happen? My only hope is that most people will put a little effort into learning more about issue 2 before they vote,
Bill Call October 08, 2011 at 11:58 AM
Passage of SB 5 will not lead to minimum wage public employees. It will give cities and school boards some control over their budgets. Health care premiums for Lakewood School employees will rise 11% this year( about $800,000 in crease). The employees portion of that increase will be $80,000 per year. If SB 5 passes the employee portion will be $120,000. Is that to much to ask? If so where will the money come from? All of the money raise by the recent levy will be eaten up increases in health care costs in just 4 years. Then what? We cannot affor business as usual.
Harry H. October 08, 2011 at 12:35 PM
How about we bring the private sector up to where the public sector is? The profits are there, stop letting CEO's and the top few hoard all the profits. You claim that the private sector is so bad, then you turn around and say public sector should be bad also! I don't know about the rest of you but bringing the public employees down won't put any more money in your pockets and your boss will will still be driving away in his lexus while you walk home from work. But at least you'll have the public emploee's to keep you company on the walk.
Victor Mooney October 08, 2011 at 03:16 PM
I didn`t bash anybody---I speak the truth, if it hurts, I am sorry--I am willing to listen to facts, not BS----Victor

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