Brown Says Issue 2 Vote Good for 2012


Brown Says Issue 2 Vote Good for 2012

Youngstown Business Journal – Ohio voters’ rejection of State Issue 2 should send a clear message about any further efforts to target American workers, said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

“When I hear the term ‘class warfare,’ it’s clear there’s been class warfare from the top aimed at the middle class in this country and the middle class pushed back in Ohio last night,” Brown, D-Ohio, said. Issue 2, a referendum on Senate Bill 5, the Republican-backed law curtailing collective bargaining rights for more than 300,000 public workers in the state, was soundly defeated Tuesday, with 61% of Ohio voters casting ballots against upholding the law and only 39% voting in favor of retaining it.

The state’s public servants — among them first responders, librarians, mental health counselors and bus drivers — “deserve a voice in their future and Ohioans assured yesterday that they’d have that voice,” Brown told reporters Wednesday morning.

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