Ohioans head to polls in collective bargaining showdown
November 8th, 2011
04:46 PM ET
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Ohioans head to polls in collective bargaining showdown

(CNN) - Ohioans headed to the ballot boxes Tuesday to decide whether to repeal a controversial law that would curb the collective-bargaining rights of public workers.

The measure is a referendum on state Senate bill 5, the latest in a showdown between union groups, business leaders and lawmakers over the ways state governments negotiate with their employees.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If they cannot repeal the bill, it is truly the end of the middle class.

    November 8, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Bill

    It will be repealed. When Obama wins Ohio in 2012, the GOP can thank John Kasich for this overreach. Come to think of it, the Democrats should be glad too, as he has laid the groundwork for a huge backlash to the Republicans.

    November 8, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Ed DFWTX

    Collective-bargaining rights is one of the very few tools the people have to use against greedy corporations. I hope the people of Ohio do the right thing and send a message to the GOP by voting against this bill and for the rights of workers!

    November 8, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Tired of the nonsense

    Fight the good fight! We have the right to collective bargaining. Any politician trying to take that away should be fired from office with no unemployment.

    November 8, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Poor Ed

    LOL...it's funny you don't get what you are saying yourself..."Collective-bargaining rights is one of the very few tools the people have to use against greedy corporations."...the bill covers public/gov't employees not private/corporate employees...way to go moron

    November 8, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Namejkane

    These teapublican losers need to be slamed in the next election. Wake up people. They are at work trying to deprive you of your right to vote ,mostly in teabag states,by requiring photo ids,which many
    voters don't have,to get an edge, and deprive you of your most basic right. These losers must be defeated in the next election.they are trying to rig it. Rember Florida, hanging chads.

    November 8, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Lead Baron

    Amazing how the GOP would have us believe that repealing the Bush tax cuts on the wealthy is "class warfare" – yet stripping blue collar workers of their pay, benefits and now, right to bargain is perfectly fine. Send the GOP packin' in 2012, start with Iowa and Wisconsin

    November 8, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. gt

    ohio teachers will go the polls and defeat this... now they can keep there summer off,christmas off, thanksgiving wk , springs off... gee i would raise cane to keep all those days off too...heck the average joe needs to give these state workers a bigger share of there cks..dont want a angry teacher who hasnt had there time off...ugh

    November 8, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. Terry,Va

    If the governor can't balance his budget because of the unions, I hope he lays the deadbeats off. End of transmission.

    November 8, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Go Ohio, and watch those voting machines GWB used to steal the 2004 election. OWS!

    November 8, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. NameCA Cathy

    Good luck! Were with you against the job killing repubs...

    November 8, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Two word answer to GOPers/Teatrolls on this issue from here on out: OHIO REFERENDUM.

    November 8, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. AlaskaPalin

    In this economic environment the smart thing for ohioans to do is to vote against the unions. Cooperate america will rush to set up shop there creating employment. The state will be able to get its fiscal house in order. Business will boom. The middle class will grow.

    November 8, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Go Ohio - don't let us down! We're watching Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey too. The newly elected republican governors have taken us too far in a direction WE do not want to go.

    I'm waiting for the results of the vote.

    November 8, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Neil

    The measures worked in Wisconsin....the liberals just like to scare everyone into thinking the skies will fall! They need more money to waste! The only thing democrats can create...is debt...

    November 8, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. Allen

    God Blees the people of Ohio – I hope they can take their state back from the extremists in the GOP. We will pray for them today.

    November 8, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    gt, you obviously don't know many teachers. They work very hard and much longer days offset those weeks off.

    November 8, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  18. Lisa P

    Go Buckeyes! Wisconsin is behind you! The days of government by the 1% for the 1% are coming to a close - thank God the 99% have started to pay attention again, at last.

    November 8, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    As you can tell from my tag line, I live in a state where the state and municipal employees have fairly strong unions and bargaining rights. During our budget crisis, our unions were more than willing to negotiate the following: They gave up an automatic pay raise, they now pay into their health care and have to use a state-government approved prescription service. This was through the same collective bargaining that Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio claim that will never get concessions form unions. Our unions were told that failure to pass the agreements would result in layoffs in those bargaining units. As a result, State Police and non-uniform Correction workers faced layoffs until they revoted for the concessions.
    The big problem with most state government budgets is not the Union rank-and-file employees, it is the seven layers of supervisors between the average worker and the head of the appropriate agency. It is these non-productive political appointed employees that need to be trimmed from the state payrolls.

    November 8, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. Susan

    Terry in Va.: First of all, as an Ohio teacher I have to say that you are a grossly misinformed sound byte for whatever makes you think that only teachers get holidays off. We cannot teach during the summer because there is not enough funding for schools to stay open 12 months a year...isn't that obvious??!! And by the way, your comments just add to the animosity of what is obviously a job that requires one to be an educator, mentor, babysitter,
    moral compass, and leader for these children. You cannot fathom how hard we work for these students and what kind of home life these students come to our classrooms from: broken homes, jail, abuse, lack of parental support,learning disabilities,latch-key kids...I'm not "rolling in the dough" like some people think..most factory workers in my area make more money than I do, many with no college degree! Teaching is a job of the heart; something you will never understand and obviously do not respect. That's why we fight for our future!

    November 8, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  21. ny ceee

    How come the media does not talk about the voting rights that are being stolen in this country???

    November 8, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  22. GreedyTeacher

    How dare they try to take my right to retire early... I work hard all year, get summers off and have my healthcare paid for, it's my right.

    November 8, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |