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Ohio Working Families Kick Off 2014 Election Mobilization

Today the Ohio AFL-CIO unveiled a new video to launch its 2014 campaign to mobilize and educate working family voters for the fall elections.  

The video highlights the battle over Gov. John Kasich’s (R) efforts to end collective bargaining rights for the state’s public employees through 2011 legislation known as S.B. 5. It offers viewers a review of the S.B. 5 protests and the successful campaign to repeal it by an overwhelming 61% to 39% vote in November 2011.

It also features workers from around the state offering their perspectives on Kasich’s tenure as governor and gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald's pro-worker policies and philosophies. David Fleetwood of Laborers (LIUNA) Local 500 says in the video:

To me S.B. 5 was a slap in the face. What I’m looking for in a governor or, for that matter, any politician, is somebody who believes in being fair.

“John Kasich’s support of S.B. 5 said a lot about his values and that they were not in line with mine,” says Carly Allen of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 697. 

FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County executive, tells an energized union crowd in the video:

We do think that when government takes a stand, it ought to take a stand for the right people. A governor every day should get up and say, ‘How can I make things just a little bit better and a little bit easier for the people who do the working and the sweating and the sacrificing in this state? You don’t have that now. But if you work with me in the next year, you’re going to have that in the governor’s mansion starting in 2014.

The video will be shown at organizational meetings around Ohio this spring and summer as the campaign gets underway. 

In its most targeted Ohio political program to date, the AFL-CIO program of voter education and voter turnout will be broad in its scope. In addition to its traditional labor-to-labor outreach, the AFL-CIO programs will be geared toward all middle-class Ohioans, regardless of union membership, as the organization seeks to educate voters on the economic issues central to the debate in the election. Together with its community-based affiliate Working America, the Ohio AFL-CIO has a traditional universe of more than 1 million voters in Ohio. 

The Labor 2014 operation in Ohio will involve more than 35,000 volunteer shifts that will cover all aspects of the campaign, including voter registration, voter education and voter turnout. The effort is to include an unprecedented level of more than 2 million combined door knocks, phone dials and leaflets distributed at worksites and millions of additional voter contacts through direct mail and electronic and social media. 

Paid for by AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education Treasury Account–Ohio, 815 16th St., N.W., Washington DC 20006. Elizabeth Shuler, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer. 

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