The Associated Press called the referendum on Kasich’s law, SB5, just before 10 p.m., Eastern Time, with 904,391 “no” votes against the scheme, compared to 558,570 “yes” votes. And that was with only fragmentary returns from Cleveland, expected to be a stronghold of pro-union votes. There, Kasich’s law was losing by a 2-to-1 margin.
The Ohio victory wasn’t labor’s only win on Election Day. Right Wing GOP Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, author of that state’s notorious anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant law, was bounced in a recall election by GOP businessman Jerry Lewis, 52%-48%. The state AFL-CIO and the Communications Workers campaigned for Lewis, who made opposition to Pearce’s law – and its bad impact – a campaign plank.
After months of strong mobilizing and campaigning, the Ohio results elated unionists and their leaders. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, led the frenzied final campaigning against Kasich’s law, which killed collective bargaining rights for 350,000 state and local government workers, including police, teachers and Fire Fighters. (more…)