Senate Bill 5 foes prepare to collect a half-million signatures for November referendum that would strike down new law
By Stephanie Warsmith
and Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writers
Now it's time for Round 2.
While Gov. John Kasich and the Republican-controlled legislature won the first round of the battle over collective bargaining in Ohio, the Democrats and labor unions across the state plan to respond with a massive referendum effort to repeal Senate Bill 5.
They must collect nearly a half-million signatures in a few months and then persuade voters in November to go to the polls — in a municipal election that normally has a low turnout — and strike down this law that would limit the bargaining rights of about 365,000 public union workers, as well as many nonunion public employees.
Local labor leaders and union members are organizing to help the cause. They will travel together to Columbus — along with thousands of others across the state — for a kickoff rally at noon today (Saturday April 9) at the Statehouse. They are planning a coordinated effort, including starting a joint group, holding a seminar next week to educate people about Senate Bill 5 and offering a joint training session at the end of the month for petition circulators.
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The Toledo Blade provided coverage of the Saturday Anti-SB5 rally, attended by about 11,000.