Sherrod Brown backs repeal of SB 5 in speech to FOP


Sherrod Brown backs repeal of SB 5 in speech to FOP

Canton Repository – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown told members of the Fraternal Order of Police union that a “pretty small group of radicals” is attacking the collective bargaining abilities of public employees in Ohio and other parts of the country.

Brown, speaking Monday morning at the FOP’s annual statewide meeting at the Memorial Civic Center, said that his senatorial office cannot be involved in the fight against Ohio Senate Bill 5. But he offered his personal support to help repeal the law through a referendum issue expected to be on a statewide ballot in the November election.

Brown told the audience of police officers from across the state that he can also help the effort to fight Senate Bill 5 through his campaign.

The senator, focusing on Senate Bill 5 and speaking for roughly 15 minutes, delivered the keynote address at the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio’s 77th annual convention. About 600 officers were expected to attend the convention. Events continue today.

“What astounds me is the hostility I see in this state” for public employees, including state workers, teachers, police and firefighters,” said Brown, D-Avon.

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