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SB 5 opponents: 1 million signatures in sight
With about 10 days left, referendum backers already have three times the required signatures to make the November ballot; signatures still must be verified
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Based on the volume of signatures alone, the group opposing Ohio’s limits on public employee unions says it’s all but assured a spot on the November ballot. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles updates the progress of the group “We are Ohio” to force a referendum on Senate Bill 5.

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The group that wants to put the issue on the fall ballot needs more than 231,000 valid petition signatures.  To the sound of applause, "We are Ohio" spokeswoman Melissa Fazekas said this morning that the group already has more than three times that amount.

"We have surpassed our signature goal by collecting a staggering 714,137 total signatures."

The group has more than a week before it must to turn in the petition signatures.  Fazekas says that signature gathering continues.  Organizers of the effort to stop S.B. 5 from taking effect hope to have a million signatures by the deadline.
Meanwhile, the sponsor of the controversial collective bargaining law, Republican Sen. Shannon Jones, says she’s not surprised those who oppose it are doing so well with petition gathering efforts.

"It’s not uncommon that the 350,000 public employees and their family members would be engaged in this issue.  I mean, as a practical matter, if I was in their shoes, I might be exercised about it too."

Jones says she expects the campaign to support S.B. 5 will be launched sometime around Labor Day. Supporters already are collecting money.

 


Related WKSU Stories

Groups defend collective bargaining law
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Poll: Mixed feeling on SB5
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Similar group names cause confusion
Monday, May 9, 2011

Critics and supporters argue the financial impact of Senate Bill 5
Monday, April 4, 2011

Listener Comments:

That's just the thing. The dollars are there. Kasich's administration has admitted that there NEVER WAS an $8 billion deficit. This is ALL POLITICS. But the problem is, they are messing with peoples' lives. Public workers have not caused the recession. None of them are high rolling millionaires who have gambled away other people's money. They are not the corporations who are earning record profits while their employees' wages are at record lows (one argument for why this is happening is the weakening of collective bargaining). Cutting into public workers' pay and benefits will not improve the economy or save jobs. Just the opposite. Local services and businesses will suffer along with the families of public employees if SB5 is not stopped. This issue effects everyone.


Posted by: Noto5 (Ohio) on June 21, 2011 8:06AM
Not referring to the workers, but to the unions/democrat federal buddies - taking candy from babies is NOT easy.
To the workers - it may be better to take cuts now rather than lose your job later - Generous Motors had to learn this lesson; if the dollars are not there changes have to be made.


Posted by: TEA (Ohio) on June 19, 2011 1:06AM
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