Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Union Members Converge on the Statehouse to Stop Senate Bill 5
This is one of the rare occasions when I'll let pictures and sound do most of the work. I spent my lunch hour on the Statehouse lawn today, joining with other union members in condemning Ohio Senate Bill 5, which would take away collective bargaining rights, as well as salary increases guaranteed by contract. It would also require state workers to contribute more to their health insurance.
As a union steward (for two different unions, past and present), I was there in the freezing cold to show the state senators debating inside that I am one of many opposed to this bill. When I walked to the east lawn of the Statehouse, the crush of pro-union people, with the noise and the music (firefighters played their bagpipes), boosted my spirits. I brought along my mini-camcorder, and christened it with the footage I've posted above.