Saturday, September 24, 2011
On Wednesday evening at 6:00pm, a Grand Opening was held for the Fayette County Headquarters of the We Are Ohio Repeal SB5 effort. The office is located in the old Midland Building on the corner of East and Main Streets, Suite 4.
Office hours are noon to 8:00pm Monday through Friday, and shorter hours on Saturdays. The office has literature, bumper stickers, buttons, and yard signs available for pickup free.
Phone banks are held on Wednesdays, but volunteers can stop by to lend a hand to the effort anytime during open office hours to help get the word out to local voters regarding the repeal effort.
In attendance was former State Representative Ray Pryor, who gave the invocation for the event.
The guest speaker was John Ryan, who was working for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio. He left Brown's office to help guide the campaign to repeal Ohio's new collective bargaining law.
John Ryan, who's been Brown's state director since 2007, left to join the campaign known as "We Are Ohio."
Ryan is the former head of the Cleveland AFL-CIO Federation of Labor, now called the North Shore AFL-CIO, and is widely respected among union leaders.
We Are Ohio is a coalition of labor groups who collected enough valid voter signatures to place a referendum of the collective bargaining law, knows as Senate Bill 5, on the November ballot.
The bill, passed by the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature and touted widely by Ohio's Republican Governor, limits collective bargaining rules of some 360,000 state workers. Even though the State of Ohio claims 360,000 state workers, over 1.3 million valid signatures were turned in to the Secretary of State from registered voters who want to support the repeal of SB5.
A good crowd was on hand for the opening, which also included pizza, pop and desert for attendees.
All volunteers are welcome; please stop by the office and see Sue or Dorothy to deliver yard signs, make phone calls, etc. VOTE NO ON ISSUE 2, THE REPEAL OF SB5.