Ballot War in Ohio Follows Union Reform Law

Friday, 01 Apr 2011 01:53 PM

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A union-led effort is already under way to throw out the collective bargaining overhaul that Ohio's Republican governor signed into law on Thursday night, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports.

Opponents of the new law, which curbs unionized state workers' bargaining rights, said they plan to get a repeal measure on the ballot in November.

"This is going to be a very big campaign," said Dennis Willard, a spokesman for the newly formed pro-repeal group We Are Ohio. The group has heavy labor and Democratic backing but is trying to position itself as a stand-alone campaign in order to attract support, and money, from those who dislike the law even if they're not Democrats.

Dale Butland, a political consultant to unions, already predicted that his side will be outspent by business interests capable of raising more than $20 million to defeat a repeal measure.

"Obviously, to the unions and the to Democrats, this is an existential threat," he said. "On the other side, there will be corporate money flooding into this place."

ballot, war, union, law, ohioGov. John Kasich's re-election campaign has already sent out one fundraising e-mail touting the new law "because it strips power from the union leaders and returns it to the taxpayers and workers."

Supporters of so-called Senate Bill 5 have launched a website,, to counter union claims. But the president of Ohio's Chamber of Commerce President, Andrew Doehrel, cast doubt on the $20 million figure, saying, "You can do a heck of a statewide campaign for 6 to 8 million dollars.""

In 1997, organized labor got voters to overturn a law changing Ohio's workers' compensation system. But Doehrel said collective bargaining is a less technical issue and more easily framed, and understood, by voters concerned about the cost of government.

The debate over Ohio' new law, like Wisconsin's, is expected to become a proxy fight in fall elections across the country. The national conservative group, FreedomWorks, announced in March that it plans to spend $5.6 million in Ohio, Wisconsin and elsewhere to support collective bargaining reform measures in the fall elections.

We Are Ohio has 90 days to gather 231,147 valid voter signatures to get a repeal measure on the ballot.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Budweiser Scraps Clydesdales, Turns to Jay-Z for Holiday Ads

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 15:39 PM

In the face of declining sales, Budweiser is considering different strategies to increase consumption among younger drin . . .

Twitterverse Oozes With Anticipation of a Chuck Hagel Tell-All

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 15:23 PM

As Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned Monday, political cynics were relishing the prospect of another tell-all book  . . .

Rasmussen: 1 in 2 Voters Disapprove of Obama's Amnesty Order

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 13:59 PM

A full half of American voters do not approve of President Obama's immigration executive order, and most believe the pla . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved