Friday, April 15, 2011

TJI: OH hates SB5 and corporate stooge governor

This just in: A new survey shows strong support for a citizens' veto of SB5, the bill that stripped Ohio workers of their rights to collectively bargain.

The Wenzel Strategies survey shows 51 percent of Ohio voters favor a repeal of SB5, compared with just 38 percent who said they would vote to keep the new law in place. Another 11 percent were unsure of the question.

Corporate stooge Gov. John Kasich's approval ratings are looking worse every day. Only 37 percent of respondents gave him positive job approval marks, compared to 56 percent who rated him negatively. That includes 43 percent who said he is doing a "poor" job, the most negative option available in the poll. Sounds like voters needed some stronger options than "poor," like "reprehensible," "deplorable" or "shameful."

That bodes well for the campaign to repeal the bill. Ohioans must collect 231,149 signatures to put SB 5 on the ballot. (Actually, they have to collect way more, because signatures are often invalid for one reason or another.) Training sessions on how to collect signatures are happening all over the state. Brother Fred Crow from Local 436 says,
Now they're really flying.
Fred attended an SB 5 petition training in Geauga County earlier this week. Geauga County is pretty solidly Republican, but there were 60 people at the training. It was sponsored by the Geauga County Democratic Committee. Fred’s planning on going to another one in Columbus.

Signatures can be collected up until June 30, 2011. Make sure you are registered to vote here.

For more information, check out a FAQ flier on repealing SB5 here.