Press Releases | Unions and Labor Standards

News from EPI Ohio rejects assault on union rights and wages

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Phoebe Silag or Karen Conner, 202-775-8810

From Working Economics, the new EPI blog:


Ohio rejects assault on union rights and wages

by Ross Eisenbrey

Ohio’s landslide rejection of SB 5, a law that attacked the right of employees to engage in collective bargaining, a core human right, shows that conservatives there and elsewhere have gone too far. Americans know that unions, which have been crushed by big business, conservative courts, and right-wing politicians, are not the cause of the nation’s economic woes. Rather, unions are a hope for the 99 percent to hang on to what they have and preserve the middle class that they helped build.

House Republicans, who are attacking collective bargaining and the NLRB, the agency that protects the right to join unions and bargain collectively, should take heed. They are going down the same dead-end road as Gov. John Kasich in Ohio, and Americans won’t follow them.