Ohio collective-bargaining battle gets personal
Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
March 30th, 2011
10:57 AM ET
3 years ago

Ohio collective-bargaining battle gets personal

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - In their bruising fight over collective-bargaining rights with Ohio's governor, police and firefighter unions have put their battle cry on a bumper sticker, "Help the Middle Class, Ticket Kasich."

The one-liner is a reference to a 3-year-old routine traffic stop that Gov. John Kasich would rather forget.

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  1. Al-NY,NY

    A 30% approval rating eh John?? That's a great job you're doing. I guess resurecting this video is not appropriate? I wouldn't be surprised however if he is reelected come election time.

    March 30, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. informed voter

    Thank goodness for video tape. Politicians can no longer say one thing this week, and something entirely different the next (like Newt Gingrich's 180 degree flip flop on the no fly zone in Lybia) without being called out. I am thrilled all of these radical, right wing Governors are showing their true colors to the electorate. They will be either recalled or voted out come the next election.

    March 30, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. WiredwierdinSF

    Unions are the basic democrat liberals. Of course they are going to slime, degrade and demean anyone that gets in their way, It is the democrat liberal way. You know what collective bargaining rights they are talking about. The freedom whether to join a union or not, they are against it. They are against having those that wish to join pay their dues directly rather than havin it deducted, at great expense, by the public agency. They are simply against choice. Democrat liberals are against giving people choices and freedom unless they want to kill babies. They hypocrisy of demcrat liberals.

    March 30, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Well according to Mr. Kasich, POLICE ARE IDIOTS. These fascists republican governors are not concerned about balancing the budget. If they were concerned about balancing the budget, they would have not given millions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations. I'd like to see how many people those corporations have hired since receiving those tax cuts.

    March 30, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Now that he has destroyed the middle class in Ohio in just three months, his job is done. The governor of Ohio should now resign and go back to Fox. As a former Bushie, he did not fall far from the shrub.

    March 30, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. CNN The Masters of Spin

    All you Idiot Liberals need to explain something; If Social Security is good enough for the "Masses" why isn't it good enough for Government employees??? NO ONE is paying any retirement into some fund for me! Simply because one is employed by the Government doesn't give that one carte blanc to lifetime retirement funded by WE the taxpayer! Get real! You can protest, scream obsenities, ccurse, picket, strike, or vote everyone out and it still will not change the fact that this nation is BROKE and cannot squeeze more funds from already overtaxed citizens! Belize is looking better everyday!

    March 30, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. debby

    Whos the "Dictator" in the picture? Come on Ohio,dont let a Dictator take your state down? Vote more wisely,please.

    March 30, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    It's all about obliterating their organizational and fundraising power before 2012 gets into full swing...that's all it is and that's all it will ever be. Top-down GOP strategery = Citizens United. Bottom-up = Eviscerate unions and the middle-class. After all, they'ev gotta do something about all those demographic shifts...the next steps will be ramping up voter suppression efforts via Tru the Vote and Crossroads GPS misinformation/fear campaigns and, if they acn get around to it, redistricting to marginalize growing minorty populations. The way they see it, the only way to prevent the country from escaping their control is to hand it over fully to the rich and giant corporations who they hope will be beholden to them for the favor. After all, it's better to be a corporate puppet proxy wh-re in a congressional seat, than a member of the middle-class you had to screw to get there.

    March 30, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found 30 percent of Ohioans approve of Kasich's performance."

    Apparently most of those who voted for these TeaPers heard only what they wanted to hear, and not what was actually being said during the campaigns. Buyers remorse . . . a day late and a dollar short. Going to be another long, drawn out fight come 2012 within the GOP. Hopefully, more people are paying attention . . . on BOTH sides of the aisle.

    March 30, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    An $8 billion shortfall for a state with the economy of Ohio is huge. Yes it is going to be difficult to address. They apparently have the right guy to do it.

    Unfortunately for the public workers, their employer is $8 billion in the hole. Cry, scream, carry signs, throw insults, print bumper stickers and stomp your feet. But your employer is $8 billion in the hole. Welcome to planet earth 2011.

    March 30, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Again, you get what you vote for. You voted this idiot in – live with it. For those smart people who didn't I hope things work out for you.

    March 30, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |