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Big Win for Unions in Ohio

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Nov• 09•11

It’s the nature of victors in an election to view the results as a signal for the other side to fold up its tents and go home. This didn’t happen in Ohio in 2010 and the public employee unions were able to easily turn back an effort to severely restrict collective bargaining. After you sift through all the analysis, you should come back to this simple sentence: “Labor fought harder, observers said, because its stakes were higher.”

The union coalition spent $30 million – a third of it from NEA and its Ohio affiliate – or about $15 per “no” vote. Somehow the One Percent control all of the nation’s wealth, but never seem to be able to come close to outspending the teachers’ union. Maybe that’s how they stay so rich.

Naturally, the public employee unions view the results as… a signal for the other side to fold up its tents and go home. This isn’t going to happen either, but we will be treated to more pairings of “union” and “resurgence” to go with the previous 17,453 union resurgences.

In an election about union power, union power prevailed. At least it was a battle over the real issue, and not a proxy fight over vouchers, TABOR or school board candidates.

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  1. Mary Porter says:

    It wasn’t just the bogeyman teachers unions, and we didn’t outspend overall, of course. We outreasoned, outwalked, outknocked, and outreached to our coworkers and neighbors to convince each other we could fight back.

    We the people ganged up on your poor billionaire backers. That’s the message: we outnumber them, and we have the right and the power to make a decent life for our own people in our own nation.

    Ask them to outsource you to a third world despotism, where unions are illegal, if it bothers you a lot.