Ohioans say YES to working families’ rights
Voters in Ohio overwhelmingly approved a referendum to repeal Senate Bill 5, a controversial bill signed into law by Gov. John Kasich. The bill was designed to silence the voices and strip away the collective bargaining rights of teachers, nurses, firefighters and other public employees. The state’s voters voted yes to giving public employees a say in staffing levels, class sizes, compensation and working conditions.
Ohioans reacted to the politically motivated attack on working families’ rights by taking matters into their own hands. They collected more than a million signatures to trigger a citizen veto process to put a referendum of the unpopular law on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Why does the Ohio story matter to Missourians? In 2007, public employees confirmed their right to bargain collectively in the state of Missouri. Teachers now have a say about lowering class sizes, improving working and learning conditions, and building great public schools.
Do your part to keep your rights. If you are asked to sign a petition that places budget woes on the shoulders of unions, think twice. You could be signing away your own rights to have a say in how you educate and the working and learning conditions in your school.
Missouri NEA is working for great public schools for every child. MNEA leaders believe teachers and other education employees should have a say in how to make public schools great.
For more information about how you can work to protect your rights, contact the MNEA regional office representative near your community or MNEA Political Director Paula Hodges at 1-800-392-0236.
Education Votes - http://www.educationvotes.nea.org/2011/11/08/ohio-voters-reject-sb-5-and-anti-worker-agenda/
NEA.org - NEA President Dennis Van Roekel: Tonight, we are all Ohio Buckeye message to educators, nurses, firefighters: we got your back - http://www.nea.org/home/49575.htm
NEAToday.org – Anti-worker Law SB 5 repealed in Ohio - http://neatoday.org/2011/11/08/anti-worker-law-sb5-repealed-in-ohio/