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NYT Celebrates ($30M) Union Victory In Ohio

From a walking on air New York Times:

Ohio Turns Back a Law Limiting Unions’ Rights

November 8, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A year after Republicans swept legislatures across the country, voters in Ohio delivered their verdict Tuesday on a centerpiece of the conservative legislative agenda, striking down a law that restricted public workers’ rights to bargain collectively.

Were the November 2010 elections that put so many Republicans in office in Ohio called a verdict by the New York Times?

The landslide vote to repeal the bill — 62 percent to 38 percent, according to preliminary results from Ohio’s secretary of state — was a slap to Gov. John R. Kasich, a Republican who had championed the law as a tool for cities to cut costs. The bill passed in March on a wave of enthusiasm among Republicans fresh from victories. A similar bill also passed in Wisconsin.

The unions reportedly spent more than $30 million dollars on this referendum. A detail you will not hear mentioned in this article or any of the reports from our watchdogs in the mainstream media. (Which is heavily unionized, by the way.)

Across the country, several other Republican-backed measures were also dealt setbacks, including a crackdown on voting rights in Maine

Notice how The Times calls an attempt to end same day voter registration, which is an open invitation to voter fraud, "a crackdown on voting rights in Maine." Apparently, voter fraud is a ‘right.’

The Ohio vote gave a new lease on life to public sector labor unions in Ohio, which had been under tremendous pressure to get the bill repealed. Failure would have brought not only the loss of most of their bargaining rights, including the right to strike, but would also have called into question what had long been their central strength — their ability to organize and deliver votes.

And, more importantly to the Democrat Party, the ability to kick back union dues to the Democrat Party.

Labor leaders said their victory contained an important message for Republicans.

“Attacking education and other public employees is not at all what the public wants to see,” said Karen M. White, political director of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest public sector union. “It should resonate with politicians that they’ve gone too far.”

Letting teachers and firemen and police join unions was a terrible mistake for this country. But it was a great thing for the Democrat Party. Now, whenever there is the question if reducing taxes, they trot out the threat of cutting police and fire.

The ads from the unions basically claimed that if you "voted no on Issue 2 or you would be raped in your burning home by an unschooled hoodlum."

The Democrats claimed that if union bargaining powers were taken away the schools would close and cops would not show up at crime scenes and fires would not be fought.

In fact, the reality is just the opposite. This bill gives teachers and police and firemen the right to strike. So a union firefighter or policeman can decide whether to show up or not, depending on how happy they are with their current contract offer.

Moreover, the flood of layoffs that is certain to ensure will might mean that there are not enough teachers and policemen and firefighters to do a good job.

At a news conference Tuesday night, Mr. Kasich congratulated the winners and said he would assess the situation before proposing any new legislation. “It’s time to pause,” he said. “The people have spoken clearly.”

When asked about the people’s message, Mr. Kasich said, “They might have said it was too much too soon.”

Luckily, since Kasich and the Republican legislature were just elected, they have time to re-write these laws in ways that might make them harder to demagogue.

In any case, the ballot issue could have been written more clearly. Weirdly, you had to vote yes to vote against doing away with it. For the record, all the other, plainly stated, tax-increase proposals in Ohio were rejected by the voters.

Labor’s victory in this important swing state comes a year before the presidential election, and policy makers and political strategists will be studying ballot initiatives for clues to voter sentiment in 2012

Naturally. All victories for the Democrats are always seen as harbingers. Just as all of their defeats are viewed as inconsequential quirks.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “NYT Celebrates ($30M) Union Victory In Ohio”

  1. David says:

    While I am not of the opinion that this is the harbinger of the end of conservatism I do think it is likely a sign of the commitment of the Left right now. It seems between #OWS, and the very organized efforts of organized labor, that the Left is very committed to this election season. It is a false hope that liberals will sit at home in 2012 because Obama isn’t radical enough. Conservatives should assume every single left-leaning vote and dollar will go to Obama. The power of liberalism is that its followers accept an ideology as an identity. Unlike liberals, conservatives don’t tend to think of themselves as conservative before other things like human, American, Christian. etc.
    This vote is an example of how the liberal mob can be incited to believe their personal identity is being attacked with a law that violates their ideology. IMO, the only way a republican wins this election (regardless of what the poles say) is by capturing the entire larger conservative group, splitting the independents at least 40/60, and maintaining the highest vigilance in metro voting locations.

    • proreason says:


      relaxation is not in order. THEY never relax, and they have hundreds of thousands of paid thugs.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    It is a sad day in America when a select few are given the ‘right’ to collectively bargin for how much money they are going to take from the vast majority. Unions have and will always be the most special of special interests.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    For an alternative view IN THE NY TIMES … read … http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/12/opinion/12brooks.html

    It is so accurate, I almost fainted that it appeared in the Grey Lady

  4. Mithrandir says:

    The conservative epitaph has been written once again by the media.

    Republicans have 1000s of options left on the table! What’s with all the sad puppy-dog hand-wringing? Who says that Republicans can’t cut teachers, slash budgets, bargain contracts with an iron fist? Keep passing laws until you get what you want. Eventually the democrats will run out of money fighting everything in court…..it’s a common business practice to drag your opposition to court over and over again to bankrupt them. While one law is being fought in court, pass a slightly different law that does the same thing. Be creative here guys.

  5. Tater Salad says:

    The real problem with Public Unions is that the Union leaders during tough and lean times when the tax payers are tapped out themselves will “only” except lay-offs as a means to balance their towns, cities, states governments.

    This places the taxpayers who are the providers and funders of these public union employees through tax collections which brings risk and safety issues when the fireman and police are laid off instead of taking less in wages and/or benefits to balance their cities or townships budgets. Putting the homeowners/taxpayers at risk by the Unions “only lay-off policies” is wrong and immoral.

    Union leaders to their constituents: “Keep them dues coming”!

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