Nearly 1.3 million in Ohio sign recall of union-busting bill

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, June 30, 2011 22:19 EDT
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The pro-labor coalition We Are Ohio delivered nearly 1.3 million signatures Wednesday to repeal SB 5, a new law restricting the collective-bargaining rights of public employees, placing it on the November 8 ballot.

People’s World reported that the 1,298,301 signatures were delivered to the Secretary of State’s office by a semi-truck packed with 1502 boxes of petitions and accompanied by a large “People’s Parade.”

We Are Ohio collected more signatures than any other petition drive in Ohio history thanks to the work of more than 10,000 volunteers.

The signatures must now be validated by each county board of elections office.

“Today we celebrate the unprecedented achievement of the more than one million Ohioans who want to repeal SB 5,” Melissa Fazekas, spokeswoman for We Are Ohio, said in a statement. “This historic number of signatures sends a strong, clear message to the extreme politicians who played political tricks to pass SB 5 and to the rest of the country.”

“More than 1 million voices from all 88 counties can’t be wrong,” she continued. “The more than 6200 people who marched today and the more than one million who support the citizen’s veto, are proof that while our campaign may be out spent, we will never be out worked, or out volunteered or out supported by hard working Ohioans.”

The filing of the petitions will keep SB 5 from taking effect until the results of the election are known in November.

Watch video of the march, courtesy of Progress Ohio, below:

Image courtesy of Ohio AFL-CIO

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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