A delegation of 92 people from Los Angeles representing more than 40 different unions will travel to Columbus, Ohio on Friday, November 4. Our volunteers will knock on doors, talk to Ohio voters and get out the vote to repeal Senate Bill 5 (referred to as “Issue 2”) on Tuesday, November 8. This law eliminates the rights of 360,000 Ohio fire fighters, police officers, teachers and all public employees to join a union.
Last February, 160 L.A. workers traveled to Madison, Wisconsin (see photo above) to defend the right of working people in that state to belong to unions and engage in collective bargaining. The Los Angeles and Wisconsin labor movements will reunite in Ohio this Friday.
Luke Hollingsworth, a longshoreman from Long Beach who went to Wisconsin and will be going to Ohio, says, “Ohio’s Governor Kasich has gone too far. This law is even worse than Wisconsin. Governor Kasich says flat out, he wants to break the backs of unions. When Wisconsin was in trouble, we went there. When Ohio is in trouble, we go there. The L.A. labor movement has the backs of all of our sisters and brothers.”