Ohioans repeal law limiting union rights, CNN projects
November 8th, 2011
09:57 PM ET
10 years ago

Ohioans repeal law limiting union rights, CNN projects

(CNN) - Ohio voters will repeal a controversial law Tuesday limiting the collective-bargaining rights of public workers, CNN projects based on reported results.

The measure was 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. mlr

    So – just move on to plan B – FIRE the workers like you should have done last year! It would have saved us tax payers a whole heck of a lot of money if you just got rid of them. You don't need to negotiate with an EX-employee. Ohio residents sure got themselves in a bind... but just raise the taxes to pay any additional excess they just voted into the union bosses' pockets.

    November 8, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  2. Marv

    Type! The US Senate/House have collective barganing. The vote their own compensation and benefits. Why should other workers not be allowed to get the best deal that they can?

    November 8, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  3. manhandler

    This battle is won....the war to reurn to the middle class what the Republicans have stolen from them is just beginning. Note to Teathuglicans....2012 is just around the corner and we're coming for you.

    November 8, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. N Vinny Veritas

    The GOP/TP Koch Bros. un-American wave has finally done it- Americans have awoken to the attempt to emasculate the Middle Class.
    Victory over Anti-Union law in Ohio.
    Defeat of ridiculous "Personhood" law in Mississippi,
    Repeal of the law dis-allowing the 4 decade old "Same Day" voting.
    The 99% have snapped Americans out of the 30 year long spell that has had them voting against their self-interest.
    NOW- Obama re-elected / Democratic Super-Majority in Congress... and a real agenda to get the US economy back in gear

    November 8, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  5. MD

    While China and India are curbing union extortion-ism to boost productivity, we took a step backward. Guess where the jobs are going to go?

    November 8, 2011 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. ijreilly

    I'm sure it was Soros or some liberal socialist communist fascist progressive group or the ghost of Karl Marx who is behind this. I'll have to tune into some talk radio to figure out who I hate now and who to blame.

    November 8, 2011 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  7. Andrew

    Well now the die is cast: Ohio will end up broke, financially strangled by its next to least productive citizens, its Govt. Employees, who in turn cater to the least productive the Welfare Collectors living off of USA without contributing.

    November 8, 2011 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. Paul

    How is this news? Has Ted Turner finally gone off his rocker? How is a report with an opinion that he projects something to happen "breaking news"? Talk about desperate for readers...

    November 8, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  9. Cobra

    Good for them. Workers have every right to organize and be represented fairly. Without unions and collective bargaining for wages, benefits, working conditions and retirement we would be working for less than minimum wage in dangerous conditions with no rights, benefits or future.

    November 8, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  10. Truth

    POWER TO THE PEOPLE !! , people power is stronger than money power everytime, learn this you neo- conservatives , you will not win when you go against the middle class ,you will always fail.

    November 8, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  11. Christopher

    It sounds like "we the people" have spoken in Ohio and in many other states tonight. Are you listening Tea Party?!

    November 8, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  12. JSH

    There is HOPE! Things will be better. Next year...OBAMA!!! OBAMA 2012!!!

    November 8, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  13. Perplexed

    All the people who stayed home and slept in the 2010 elections are finally waking up to the fact that elections have consequences. I'm happy that they're waking up. It's about to go down!!!!!

    November 8, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  14. Roland

    I thought they spoke for the people.

    November 8, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  15. Jin

    I hope the liberals are ready for layoffs because they are greedy.

    November 8, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. gg

    union helped build middle class

    November 8, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  17. T'sah from Virginia

    SB5 is no longer ALIVE
    It's DOA – and Kasich is on his way
    To the Unemployment LINE!!!

    Obama 2012

    November 8, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  18. wanderer

    Have we learned enough from Bush? Hopefully, the voters have also by now learned a lesson from Ohio, Wisconsin, etc. We should get to know as much as we can to see what the GOP or the DEM for whom they are fighting and providing services and security. The truth is the majority of people of any particular country are comprised mostly of the middle class and the poor and they truly represent that country, not the big business, corporations, or the wealthy. Therefore, the U.S.A. is truly represented by the Majority of Americans.

    November 8, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    If any law goes too far will be defeated nearly 20% republicans voted for this bill

    I hope after today’s results do nothing congress will find common ground

    November 8, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  20. Name

    Lesson America need a certain amount of its people to make a good amount of money. If we have every one in America making 10 to 15 dollars an hour. How!! the hell are they suppose to take care of their family, afford a mortgage and transportation. What condition will the housing, automobile, furniture and high sales items industries be in, or will they even survive only with low wage folks to support them. The rich is only 1 percent of the country and only can live in one house. The poor is too poor to support these industries and the lower working class would have to struggle too much to support these industries, the middle class is the only ones that can support these industries and if they destroy the labor unions, which is the only entity holding them in place. Third world status here we come.

    November 8, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  21. jerry

    they deserve what they get... so do the Greeks.

    November 8, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  22. AZpatriot

    Good news, now they should recall Kasich.

    November 9, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  23. encore

    god bless you Ohio Scot walker u are next. Let"s take all the gop out of office. The fight is on.

    November 9, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  24. kat

    More proof that Unions are corrupting our government.

    November 9, 2011 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  25. Lord Vader

    Well, Ohio loves to keep corruption ran by union slobs, so this is one less state I will conduct business in!

    November 9, 2011 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
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