Skip to comments.Ohio Results Show Voters Say Focus on Jobs, Not Partisan Attacks
Posted on 11/09/2011 3:22:25 PM PST by mdittmar
Cincinnati Fire Fighters (IAFF) member Doug Stern says yesterdays overwhelming rejection of Gov. John Kasichs (R) attempt to eliminate collective bargaining rights of workers like firefighters, nurses, teachers, bridge inspectors and others shows:
[T]he citizens of Ohio spoke and they made it loud and clear that the focus of government should be on creating sustainable middle class jobs, rather than pushing a partisan political agenda.
Stern, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Louise Foresman, a member of Working America from Cleveland, took part in a telephone press conference this afternoon about the stunning victory for working families that sent Issue 2 down to a 61 percent to 39 percent defeat. Says Trumka:
Last night the people of Ohiofrom autoworkers to teachers and firefighters to jobless workerssent a message that will reverberate across the country: politicians need to stop scapegoating workers and pushing an extreme partisan agenda. They need to instead work to create jobs for working people and commit to restoring balance to our economy.
The Ohio victory, the Occupy Wall Street movement, the earlier uprising in Wisconsin and other battles across the nation show, says Trumka, that working families are fighting back against, the dramatic overreach of many politicians in Ohio and across country.
Working people will continue to raise their voices. The 99 percent who didnt get rich while wrecking the American economy have decided to stand up for ourselves and demand a fair share.
Foresman, who works in a nonunionized workplace, says she believed Issue 2 was an:
attack on all working people. Our governor is fond of saying that A rising tide lifts all boats. But what he was proposing would have lowered all boats our boats cant afford anymore holes. A lot of people who voted against Issue 2 are not unionized.
Polling by Hart Associates for the AFL-CIO backs her up. It shows that nonunion voters opposed Issue 2 by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin. In addition, moderate voters voted No by a 70 percent to 30 percent edge and independent voters lined up against Issue 2 by 57 percent to 43 percent. Overall, voters polled say they believe public employees should have collective bargaining rights by a 66 percent to 27 percent.
The Ohio victory matters everywhere, says Trumka.
What you can take away from yesterday is that working people, the 99 percent, are standing up to corporate CEOs to say, Enough.
Voters elsewhere also cast their ballots against Republican overreach, including in Arizona, where citizens recalled Russell Pearce, the Republican president of the state senate known who drafted the states extreme anti-immigrant law. In Maine, voters repealed a new law enacted by state Republicans to end a 40-year state tradition of allowing people to register the same day as voting. In Kentucky, state Senate President David Williamsa clone of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walkerwas easily defeated by incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear (D).
Well,enjoy Trumka,working families are fighting back against,the dramatic overreach of many politicians".
Looking forward to 2012.
As resident of Ohio, I’d say the next thing to do is CONSTUTIONAL AMENDMENT to put it beyond the reach of off-year political sabotage by the union thugs...
CONSTITUTIONAL ... that is
“What you can take away from yesterday is that working people, the 99 percent, are standing up to corporate CEOs to say, Enough.”
Yeah, cause all those corporate CEO’s approving unsustainable pensions and benefits for State employees are really killing Ohio!
Driving down I-77 this morning I passed two large shiny solid black Lincolns with darkened windows, about a mile apart. They each had vanity plates. One said "15 LOCAL" and the other said "17 LOCAL." I figure the vultures are gathering to pick the bones of what's left of the just stirring Ohio recovery before it collapses once more, possibly for good.
So you really hurt kaisich, now here come the layoffs a##wipes. The unions just f”d you and you said thank you mam may I have another
The unions’ focus certainly wasn’t on jobs, since there’s going to be enormous lay-offs because of Issue 2 failing. The only job Trumpka worried about was his own, and to heck with the rank and file.
I am sure he’ll be thrilled after getting layed off so his employed brethen could make more. Maybe those not layed off can send him a dollar or 2 every now and then.
Oh, you don't get to retire at full pay at 54? Tough $hit.You're on the hook for the next 30 years to pay for Sally paper-pusher to spend time with her grandbabies.
Hey trumka,that's 900 union members that you failed!
All it says is that 14% of the 53% who pay the taxes haven't wised up yet.
Wanna bet that no layoffs will happen. Kaisich will just do nothing.
Actually for you, the next step is to keep accout and make very public all the Union employees who will here on out lose her jobs and/or all the Taxes that will here on out go out of business.
The people of Ohio have been fooled by the union into surrendering their right to choose how much they are willing to pay for any given service.
Let them now be enlighten by the consequence of their misjudgement. Let the firings or tax hikes start.
Don’t focus too sharply on all those “jobs” because they’re going to be gone. Ohio - you had two contrasting Midwestern examples, Wisconsin and Illinois. You chose Illinois. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
“The unions focus certainly wasnt on jobs, since theres going to be enormous lay-offs because of Issue 2 failing. The only job Trumpka worried about was his own, and to heck with the rank and file.
Precisely and that is where Republicans of Ohio must now go to make very public every last tax hike and union layoff that must necessarily result. Explain that the money does not exist so unless the people want to caught up more to pay theses over-payed State workers many of the best of them WILL lose their job.
Elections have consequences and the 30 million dollar bid by the unions will lead to a lot of unionized employees ending up with nothing at all, simply because we have not what their union demands of us.
Then I guess Ohio will go broke.
By the way the U.S Debt is now $14,982,443,553,379.44,should hit 15 trillion pretty quick.
I’d love to know how much the thugs spent in Ohio. I got a big, glossy card just about every day in the mail. Some days two. “If you don’t vote NO on 2, I won’t be able to teach your kids.” “If you don’t vote NO on 2, your house might burn down.” That kind of crap.
The yes people sent me 3 cards in a month. Two the day before the election. They were sent from The Legacy Foundation in Iowa. Did anyone in Ohio spend a penny supporting this?
What I wanted to see was ads saying, “You pay for your health care and pension. Government union people don’t. You pay it for them. Don’t you think it it time they started to PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE? Vote YES on 2.”
We'll see who gets the last laugh.
Yes; and the message was that the Union Members who don't have jobs (auto workers with all the closed auto plants in the Cleveland/Lorain area) and the Steelworkers (with the closed steel mills in the Cleveland/Lorain areas) STILL voted for the Unions that priced them out of a job. Likewise, Police, Fire, Teachers, and City/County/State Union parasites/bloodsuckers will soon be looking for work when the layoffs come (and they will come soon), because WE IN OHIO DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO CONTINUE THE GRAVY TRAIN.
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