[Debate] Ohio workers defeat SB5 with no on Issue 2
toussaint.losier at gmail.com
Wed Nov 9 18:39:04 GMT 2011
Can you clarify your analysis of the results on Issue 3, particularly as
the ballot measure was framed in conservative/libertarian terms (e.g. "Proposed
Constitutional Amendment to preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their
health care and health care coverage").
Similarly, corporate news note that Tea Party is claiming this as a
symbolic victory against mandated health care (http://tinyurl.com/cnjlxba).
Do you know of any labor organizations claiming or likely to claim the
passing of Issue 3 as a victory, symbolic or otherwise?
On Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 10:51 AM, Yoshie Furuhashi <
critical.montages at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ohio workers defeat SB5 with no on Issue 2 (61% no v. 39% yes:
> http://bit.ly/sL6YFf) -- a victory of, by, and for the working class.
> And a clear victory on a concrete major issue is exactly what workers
> Some in Ohio and elsewhere in similar battles held up signs reading
> "Walk like Egyptians," but we won this one because we didn't walk like
> them, working electoral precincts as well as streets.
> Now, the Democratic Party and its pundits are trying to spin this
> workers' victory into a victory of Democrats and hope for 2012. But
> note that, even while workers in Ohio successfully defending their
> right to organize unions and bargain collectively, they refused to
> defend Obamacare on Issue 3, which went down 66% v. 34%. Workers
> didn't wanna be forced to buy a defective overpriced product labeled
> "health insurance."
> Now that organized labor has proved it still has muscles and can win
> _despite_ Democrats, it must flex them to win a new victory, this time
> in an offensive rather than defensive battle -- e.g. make healthcare a
> right of all in the United States.--
> Yoshie Furuhashi
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