Unions Rally the Troops for Protest of SB 5 in Columbus On Tuesday
While many government offices were closed on Monday due to it being Presidents' Day, protests continued in Columbus, Ohio, at the State House over the controversial Senate Bill 5. A major rally is scheduled to take place in Columbus on Tuesday, with union members and leaders travelling from all over the state to oppose the bill.
Organizers are estimating that about 10,000 people will be gathered on Tuesday to oppose SB 5, which would eliminate collective bargaining rights and salary schedules for public employees across the state.
Governor John Kasich has said that with Ohio facing an estimated $8 billion deficit, union labor costs must be reigned in.
State Rep. Dennis Murray, D-Sandusky, says, however that unions are the "thin blue line" protecting the middle class from discrimination and exploitation. Murray says, they're under attack:
"Public sector employees are being used, really, as a scapegoat for the state's budget problems."
Murray also adds that the bill is a part of a national anti-union campaign that's also playing out quite dramatically in Wisconsin, and suggests bringing the focus back to the budget rather than state employees.