We Need to Pay Attention to Columbus, Ohio Right Now

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There’s something kind of important going in the upper midwest right now. Revolution is rocking the Great Lakes states. We saw it first in Madison, Wisconsin. Now it’s in Columbus, Ohio. Congressmen are making reference to the people in Big Ten land.

The protest in Columbus this week was 8,500 people minimum. Dayton sewer worker Leo Geiger fired up the crowd by saying that “next to the day the Cleveland Browns left town,” the second worst day in Ohio history was when Sen. Shannon Jones proposed Senate Bill 5 curtailing the collective bargaining rights of state employees from college professors to nurses, firefighters and police.

And the public is overwhelmingly in favor of the people and against the government on this one.

According to the New York Times:

Americans oppose weakening the bargaining rights of public employee unions by a margin of nearly two to one: 60 percent to 33 percent. While a slim majority of Republicans favored taking away some bargaining rights, they were outnumbered by large majorities of Democrats and independents who said they opposed weakening them.

Those surveyed said they opposed, 56 percent to 37 percent, cutting the pay or benefits of public employees to reduce deficits, breaking down along similar party lines. A majority of respondents who have no union members living in their households opposed both cuts in pay or benefits and taking away the collective bargaining rights of public employees.

For more on this, go to Progress Ohio.com

Here’s more photos from the protest:

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