Victory in Ohio is a victory for the 99 percent

Today is a great day for workers’ rights. Ohio voters struck down Senate Bill 5 (Issue 2) by a stunning margin of 62-38 (29% reporting). The GOP-backed bill was designed to limit collective bargaining rights for public workers like firefighters, teachers, and nurses throughout the state. However, Ohio voters would not stand by and let their rights be taken away. They joined together and used their citizens’ veto to let the corporation-backed politicians know that Americans will stand up for their collective bargaining rights. But this isn’t just a victory for public employees in Ohio—it’s a victory for workers across the nation. This is a victory for the 99 percent, by the 99 percent.

By defeating SB 5, Ohio voters aren’t just protecting public employees’ rights, they’re protecting everyone those employees serve. When teachers have a voice in the workplace, they can advocate for students. When nurses can speak out for better care and more staffing, every family stands to gain. And the entire community is safer when firefighters and police have a say in how to perform their duties.

But we still have work to do. To appease their corporate donors, greedy politicians will continue to strong-arm bills aimed at weakening unions—one of the only remaining counterweights to unbridled corporate influence. Now more than ever, the 99 percent needs to have a voice in politics. And with last night’s victory in Ohio, we’re one step closer to ensuring that they do.

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