Ohio protester: Occupiers ‘stand with the unions’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 13:16 EDT
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MSNBC's Ed Schultz talks to Occupy protester in Ohio
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MSNBC host Ed Schultz spoke with one protester in Ohio on Tuesday who said the Occupy movement “stands with the Unions.”

While the movement generally considers itself to be non-partisan, many protesters showed up Tuesday night to celebrate the defeat of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s (R) Issue 2, a measure that would have stripped public employees of collective bargaining rights.

“Because the 99 percent are firefighters, they are police officers, teachers and nurses,” the activist told Schultz. “And the fight of the unions is the same fight of the occupiers. We all have the right to collectively come together and organize and to say things under one unanimous voice together. And that’s why we are proud to stand with the unions here today.”

“So this is a victory for the 99 Percent movement?” Schultz asked.

“Absolutely,” the protester replied. “The issue of the 99 Percent movement or the Occupy movement and the issues with the unions are the same. It’s people putting down and stifling people’s voices. And we’re not going to have it anymore.”

Kasich told reporters Tuesday night that it was “time to pause” anti-union efforts.

“It’s clear that the people of spoken and you know, my view is when people speak in a campaign like this, a referendum, you have to listen when you are a public servant. There isn’t any question about that. …. It requires me to take a deep breath.”

Watch this video from MSNBC’s The Ed Show, broadcast Oct. 8, 2011.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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