Repealing Senate Bill 5

Repealing Senate Bill 5

by Brittany Harris on April 23, 2011

The fight to repeal Senate Bill 5 is well underway.

Over 230,000 signatures from 44 different counties are needed to place a referendum of the law on the November ballot. Volunteers from the We Are Ohio campaign were at Ohio University – Zanesville on Saturday helping to collect the required amount.

"We have community members, we have members of labor, we have republicans, we have democrats from all across the state and even anywhere in the United States," said Volunteer Kate Kennedy. "I mean this is happening everywhere it’s important for them to all come in because it affects everyone, there’s not one person that can say they are not affected by this bill."

The bill was passed by legislators and signed by Governor John Kasich last month. It has eliminated collective bargaining rights for over 350,000 public employees statewide.

"It’s just an unfair attack on employee rights and worker safety and we need to make sure that the people that are out there working for us and protecting us and teaching our children, we need to make sure that they are being taken care of as well," she said.

Signatures much be collected by June. For more information on the campaign, you can visit their website at