Courtesy of CWA District 4 FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S RIGHT – Ohio
And we’re off. One month to go and it’s time for Battleground Bulletin!
District 4 members are out in the field as the final October push began in Ohio last week on behalf of Labor-endorsed candidates. CWA wants to remind you that you will make the difference in the Battleground States of Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan. You can depend on each new Battleground Bulletin! to keep you up to date from now to Election Day.
Governor John Kasich and other Republicans delayed early voting through a series of legal actions all the way to the United States Supreme Court, but October 7 the polls will open for Early Voting.
Remember as you go to the polls CWA has led turnout before. It was not that long ago that CWA members were being locked out of the Statehouse when collective bargaining was abolished by the signature of John Kasich and led the fight to a ballot overturning that law.
A picture is worth a thousand words on this one – remember in November – VOTE:
DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE CANDIDATES:
Member question: Where do the candidates stand on Voting Rights?
County Executive Ed Fitzgerald – “It’s embarrassing that in the year 2014 you’ve had federal courts over and over and over again have to say, ‘Wait a minute, Ohio, you’re restricting people’s rights,'” FitzGerald said, standing in front of the empty early voting center.
“This is another example of Ohio making national news in a negative way. We’re getting national attention because our elected officials are so determined to try to restrict early voting, even though study after study after study has shown that it overwhelmingly is affecting African-American voters.” [Plain Dealer, September 30, 2014]
Gov. John Kasich – Gov. John Kasich signed into law Friday changes to Ohio’s election rules on early voting and handling of absentee ballot applications…
Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols noted that the changes to absentee voting rules will make them more uniform, and that Ohio’s early voting period is longer than most states…
The bills, hotly contested by Democrats, cleared the General Assembly Wednesday after heated debate. Democrats said the changes will make it harder for people to vote… . They warned that the people most affected by the changes are those in urban populations, populations that tend to vote Democratic. [Plain Dealer, February 21, 2014]
OHIO AFL CIO LAUNCHES VIDEO TO HIGHLIGHT KASICH’S ATTACK ON LABOR MEMBERS
The Ohio AFL-CIO unveiled a new video to remind voters about Governor John Kasich’s assault on labor members over Collective Bargaining.
The video offers viewers a review of the SB5 protests and the successful campaign to repeal it. It features workers from around the state offering their perspectives on John Kasich’s tenure as Governor and Ed FitzGerald’s pro-worker policies and philosophies.
“To me SB5 was a slap in the face,” David Fleetwood of Laborers’ Local 500 says in the video. “What I’m looking for in a governor, or for that matter any politician, is somebody that believes in being fair,” says Fleetwood. “John Kasich’s support of SB5 said a lot about his values and that they were not in line with mine,” says Carly Allen of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 697.
[Source: Ohio AFL CIO]