They dubbed it the “million-signature march” and then delivered, literally.
We Are Ohio, the coalition leading the effort to repeal Senate Bill 5, directed a parade of thousands through Downtown yesterday that culminated in the delivery of nearly 1.3 million signatures to the secretary of state to place Ohio’s new collective-bargaining law on the November ballot.
Of the 1.3 million signatures collected to place referendum to Senate Bill 5 on the November ballot, 2,268 came from Fayette county.
We Are Ohio, a bipartisan coalition organized to repeal SB 5 and restore union rights announced Friday that they received 10 times the number of signatures they needed.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Thousands of opponents of Ohio’s new collective bargaining law marched through the streets of Columbus on Wednesday to deliver signatures aimed at getting a repeal question on the November ballot, even as Gov. John Kasich continued to defend the law.
The coalition leading the effort to repeal Senate Bill 5 delivered a record of nearly 1.3 million signatures to the secretary of state today to place Ohio’s new collective bargaining law on the November ballot.
A parade of more than 6,000, led by a banner proclaiming the “million signature march,” rumbled through Downtown this morning.
Opponents of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s push to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights—as part of a national push by newly elected Republican governors to silence opposition to their cuts in funding for public education and services — needed to collect 231,000 valid signatures to force a referendum that would override anti-labor legislation enacted by Kasich and his allies.
That was a tall order. But the labor and community groups that have come together to defend public employees, teachers, schools and services have exceeded it —by more than one million signatures.
WASHINGTON, DC—The Service Employees International Union today embraced a new report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) showing that more than 5 million Americans with traditional Medicare took advantage of preventative benefits now available through the Affordable Care Act. The statement below can be attributed to Dr. L. Toni Lewis, Chair, SEIU Healthcare.
“At a time when the unemployment rate for Africans Americans is more than double the national average, many African Americans’ risk falling behind. Job loss can take a heavy toll on an individual’s wallet or pocketbook, but also on one’s psyche.
“News that more and more Americans are receiving preventative health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act holds special significance, especially for people of color. And, prior to the Affordable Care Act, more than 19 million African Americans were uninsured.
“The CMS announcement that the Affordable Care Act is increasing preventative care is also significant because racial and ethnic minorities are often less likely to receive preventative care than the rest of the population. In fact, African Americans seniors on Medicare are less likely to get vital preventative services, such as cancer screenings.
WASHINGTON, DC – After the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on the state of the middle class, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement:
“Today’s hearing highlighted the dire situation facing working families in our country. More and more families are falling out of the middle class instead of rising into it. Millions are losing their jobs and there seems to be no end in sight to the sacrifices they are being asked to make.
“There is no more important part to rebuilding the middle class than putting America back to work. That means the public and private sectors must work together to create good jobs that can support a family. A good start is fixing our crumbling infrastructure and providing incentives for corporations to bring jobs back home.
“The state of America’s shrinking middle class is one reason that the National Labor Relations Board’s proposed rule that would restore fairness to the union election process is a positive step for workers. The rule would potentially eliminate unnecessary delays that prevent workers from voting whether to form a union. Joining a union is the most effective way for workers to bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions. Unions help bring workers into the middle class.
“In this economy, with millions of Americans struggling to get by, anything the federal government can do to help more workers gain access to the American Dream and improve their lives should be welcomed.”