CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Local seniors met Monday at Cincinnati City Hall to discuss voting 'No' on Issue 2 – specifically, collective bargaining rights on retirement security.
According to some local seniors, those who support Issue 2 seek to ban the collective bargaining rights of public servants, such as police and firefighters. They argue that public servants need to "negotiate for their health and safety today, and their retirement security tomorrow."
We Are Ohio set up the meeting. The organization is a citizen-driven bipartisan collation that has come together to vote down Issue 2 and repeal SB5.
On the We Are Ohio website they say Issue 2 is "unsafe, unfair and hurts Ohio's middle class families." They claim Issue 2 would make it harder for public servants to negotiate for improved safety equipment, workers would work more hours and juggle more jobs without more compensation and it would be illegal for hospital workers to demand reasonable and safe staffing levels.
"Instead of creating jobs to fix our economy, politicians like Gov. Kasich gave away hundreds of millions in corporate tax breaks—draining the state budget without creating jobs," said We Are Ohio representatives.
Kasich has recently been on his "barn tour" speaking to public servants and future voters about the pros of Issue 2.
"This isn't about politics, this is about making the math work so we can have knowledge about reasonable reform," Kasich said at a rally in Toledo on October 3. "We need to make sure that we are placing our most talented teachers in front of our students, rewarding good workers that work in public service and we need Issue 2 in order to do that."