Cherise Keyser of the SLC said speakers will talk to the crowd about “the importance of voting no on Senate Bill 5/Issue 2.” They will also be stressing what they say is the importance of unions and working people in Ohio and America.
Guest speakers include Jim Saddler, retired member of the International Association of Firefighters, and a veteran; Randy Basham of the United Steel Workers and chairman of the Scioto County Democratic Party; Scott Siebel, regional director of the We Are Ohio campaign and Donnie Criner of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 577 and president of the Shawnee Labor Council.
Petitions against House Bill 194, dubbed by the SLC as the “voter suppression bill” will be circulated at the event.
Keyser said food and beverages will be provided, and after the rally, people are invited to march with the SLC and others in the parade that begins at 11 a.m.
“On Sept. 1, 1894, Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday. One hundred and seventeen years later we use this day to celebrate the contributions working families have made to our communities, our middle-class and economy,” a SLC news release reads. “The Shawnee Labor Council, AFL-CIO, will take this opportunity to honor working people and bring light to the recent attacks on working people, their unions and Ohioans’ right to the basic human rights of fair wages, safe working condition and fair benefits.”
The release refers to Senate Bill 5, which is on the ballot as Issue 2, as “wholesale attack on the working people of our state. Taking away public employees’ rights to strike and to collectively bargain, the approval of Senate Bill 5 would severely damage Ohio‘s economy, the middle-class and community safety, which is why we strongly urge voters to go to the polls in November and vote no on Issue 2 to support our public servants and protect the safety of our schools and community.”
The group also opposes HB 194, which they say restricts for many people the ability to vote, including senior citizens, students and working people, by “substantially restricting early in-person voting and access to absentee voting options and eliminating the requirement of poll workers to even help a voter find his or her precinct.”
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