Mark your calendars to participate in the Working People’s Day of Action on Saturday, February 24 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. We will begin assembling at 10:30 am with the program beginning at 12 pm. This rally is part of a National Day of Action being held in 10 cities across the U.S. to protect workers’ freedoms and support strong unions.
Why are we rallying?
Just as with the dangerous Senate Bill 5 from 2011, extreme politicians at the Statehouse are trying to take away collective bargaining rights and want to make Ohio a “Right-to-Work” state. But, instead of legislation this time, they want to put the attacks before Ohio voters with six proposed anti-worker ballots initiatives. Nationally, a U.S. Supreme Court case, Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31, would make the entire country “Right-to-Work” for public employees if the Court sides with anti-union groups such as the Koch Brothers, ALEC, and the National Right to Work Committee. The Court will hear oral arguments on the case on February 26 two days after the Working People’s Day of Action.
For these reasons and more, we need a strong showing of workers – public and private, union and non-union – against these attacks at the event on February 24! These attacks on public employees are no more than attempts to divide workers and limit our power. Because, as we all know, unions give workers a powerful voice to speak up for fair wages, affordable health care, a dignified pension, and strong public services.
And that’s why America needs unions now more than ever! Just as we did when we took down Senate Bill 5, when we join forces and stick together, we are unstoppable!
Look for the AAUP!
Look for your fellow AAUP members. We will have a large red banner and will be passing out Ohio AAUP t-shirts as long as they last. We hope to see you there!