The second King John finishes signing his name to SB 5 starts the time in which we can begin to work to repeal it.  However, I ask from you for some patience.   Right now, there is effort to get all the stakeholders unified into one cohesive group… that’s not an easy task.  We don’t want six separate referendum efforts going on.  So right now, the labor unions, activists, and the Ohio Democratic Party are all working out their respective roles.  There is a cornucopia of interested parties, all of which have differing opinions and 

Second, before there can be a referendum the stakeholders have to work out what the language will be of the referendum.  Will it be a total repeal, or will they let some provisions stand?  We don’t know yet.

Then, they need to grow a bank of volunteers who are ready to hit the streets to get nearly a quarter of a million signatures in a few months time.   It’s no easy task.

So what can you do in the meantime:

  1. Keep April 9th open on your calendars (just trust me on this one.)
  2. Sign up now to help the referendum effort.  I’m aware of two places doing a sign-up already: the SEIU and the Ohio Democratic Party.  Take your pick.
  3. Remember what I said about patience and wait.
  4. Hit the streets when you’re giving the petition to circulate.
  5. And keep coming to this site for more information.

Are you ready?

Getting the bill to Kasich’s desk was supposed to be the easy part.   We almost stopped it, despite all the political advantages in Kasich’s favor.  Now, it’s our turn.

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  • Moving back to Ohio in June, excited to be able to vote for this in November. Hoping a recall amendment makes it on the ballot for November as well. If those things happen, November of 2012 will be a very interesting.

  • Tim M

    Hopefully the referendum will appear next year for the 2012 general election. At that point we can vote to repeal this terrible law and also vote the Republicans out of the Ohio House!

  • buckeyekelly

    Thanks for putting this together Modern. I think Democrats do best when there’s action to be had

  • buckeyekelly

    Thanks for putting this together Modern. I think Democrats do best when there’s action to be had

  • buckeyekelly

    Thanks for putting this together Modern. I think Democrats do best when there’s action to be had

  • buckeyekelly

    Thanks for putting this together Modern. I think Democrats do best when there’s action to be had

  • buckeyekelly

    Thanks for putting this together Modern. I think Democrats do best when there’s action to be had

  • buckeyekelly

    Thanks for putting this together Modern. I think Democrats do best when there’s action to be had

  • Anonymous

    If Kasich signs the bill today, it MUST be on the Nov. ’11 ballot or not at all. That’s why they were in such a rush to get it passed this week.

  • Anonymous

    If Kasich signs the bill today, it MUST be on the Nov. ’11 ballot or not at all. That’s why they were in such a rush to get it passed this week.

  • Anonymous

    If Kasich signs the bill today, it MUST be on the Nov. ’11 ballot or not at all. That’s why they were in such a rush to get it passed this week.

  • Guest

    Thanks so much for the information. Love you guys and love that you are keeping them honest. It is unfortunate that the people who are paid to keep us informed, DON’T.

  • Anyone circulating a petition MUST know and follow the rules. Training sessions for petition circulators are crucial as any mistakes on a petition will cause that petition to be thrown out. Check with your local county Democratic Party for details.

  • BigLib

    I plan on helping get signatures for the petition, phone banking to remind people to get out to the polls, and having a get-together on election night to celebrate the crushing defeat of Emperor Ka$suck’s union-busting bullsh*t!

    Leave it to the republicans to take rights away from people once again.

  • Anonymous

    Delaware County is already recruiting volunteers. You can email the chair at ed@delawarecountyohiodems.org to volunteer.

  • Mhunley

    Also be aware that there will be a big anti-union campaign mounted to defeat this at the voting booth. We have to do this right and be squeaky clean and careful.

  • Greg Soper

    We should have some sort of language in there providing a minimum payment towards insurance. This will take their argument off the table. Once that is done they cannot say they cannot afford CB.

    The only things they can campaign on are the union busting provisions.

    This would make it all but impossible for us to lose

  • guest

    Make sure you get registered ASAP once you get here.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    in case you dont this — we are ALL tax payers
    if you work you pay taxes,, DUH !!!!
    I believe its like a … law
    lets see how long your honeymoon lasts with this bozo
    I can whine as much as I want — the first amendment says I can

  • Madashell

    We pay taxes too!!! My entire family, formerly registered republicans, looks forward to voting your arrogant, aristocratic, transparent, line-my-own pockets politicians out of office!!!

  • Guest

    I respectfully disagree. We cannot afford to give up more anything. My friends have given up a lot during the global economic meltdown brought to us by the sponsors of the evil radical Rethugs. This is just a power grab by the “have mores”. The people who caused the problems are not giving up anything but taking more because they have enough money to buy the best legislators, governor, congress, judges. This is about making sure that we the people hold onto our rights.

    We can’t afford evil Rethugs although they lie, cheat, rob, wreck, and ruin and get us to pay them plenty. The bank robbers did this and someone voted for their aiders and abettors to steal more and cover up….using this nonsense “we can’t afford”.

    Appreciate your thoughts.

  • Anonymous

    I cannot begin to tell you that you are sooooo mislead. I have lived in the economic realities I almost lost my home once. Now I worry about it again. I am the only breadwinner in my household. I help raise (really I do most) of the raising of a grandchild. I am driving a car that is 7 years old and only cost 12.000 new. More than any car I bought before. Nothing like a big SUV or 4 wheel drive truck . I have not ever had a vacation. I worked hard to go back to school and graduated at 40 as a single mom of 3. Two years later I received my masters. I have lived on welfare. I won’t go back there. I ran a day care from my home 24/7 just to make a living for my boys and I. Life is not easy for anyone living in the middle class. Not for non public employees not for public employees. I will not say you are stupid or that you are wrong. What I do say is check out and see where all that is happening is going to really effect everything. Do your homework. You are on this sight. Check out others with an open mind. Think about what the different sides have to gain and lose. Check out who is behind all the sides and- what are their agendas. Open your mind and think things through. Then think why are you so mad at people who are working hard. You are not the only one who has had and is still having a hard time. We all are in this together and the sooner you realize this the better things will be.

  • Anonymous

    We wouldn’t do this, if there weren’t people like you to read it. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    No sector has seen more jobs losses in Ohio in the past year than government workers…. So stop your phony crap about gov’t workers not having to endure the economic realities over the past several years.

  • IhateKasich

    Wow, you’re just as big of an ASS as your governor.

  • CDR Jan

    Thanks for the link. As a retired state employee and proud AFSCME member for over 20 years, I just signed up to circulate petitions.

    American by Birth, Union by CHOICE

  • CDR Jan

    Public employees are taxpayers, too.

    And unless you paid child support in Summit County or owned a business and paid workers compensation premiums, you never paid a single penny of my salary, ergo NEVER my boss.

  • CDR Jan

    Not to mention 10-day involuntary furloughs each of the past two years and frozen wages and promotions.

  • Thanks, MAS!! I’m all signed up.

  • Littleguy

    I agree. Everyone pays something for insurance these days. To pay nothing gives the right wing an argument you can never win in the court of public opinion. In the past I know you could negotiate insurance and get more money with the limited resources the school for instance had, because you wouldn’t pay taxes on that insurance pick up. But that gives the right a perfect PR setup which allows them to deceive and sway public opinion. The tactic will need to change. You will have to pay some on insurance and then negotiate for fair salary instead.

  • Littleguy

    I too think it is really important for the leaders of the teachers, firefighters, police, and the other public workers to get together at their leadership level, and unify with one message, one reasonable coordinated recall push, and a reasonable substitute. The Republicans and business always circle the wagons and shoot out, the Democrats seem to circle and shoot at each other. That can’t happen this time. We can’t hand the Governor a public relations coup.

    You all have to be on the same page. Certainly we can’t give away the farm, but you can’t get into a pissing match on whether or not you pay any on your insurance either, for example. Everyone in this day pays something. You need to look to the long view. Paying a little now on insurance in these tough times may be a cheap cost to retain the long term benefits of impartial arbitration, a know salary schedule with longevity increases, some form of seniority protection, and protection from arbitrary awarding of you pay by an incompetent boss with an axe to grind. The future is what we all have to safeguard. Good luck and onward to work together to speak with one voice on getting this terrible legislation shit-canned.

  • irishgal

    I really agree with your comment – we need to present a united front and have a common message. People directly impacted by this legislation are very angry but we need to coordinate our activities which requires that the leaders of all the unions work together. I really believe that we can defeat this legislation. Personally I’m not concerned about this being on the November 2011 ballot. I doubt that Kasich will charm any Ohioans during the next few months and people who are not union members will begin to see how his budget impacts them which will likely make them more inclined to oppose anything Kasich supports.

  • Guest

    Everyone pays taxes unless they are homeless. If you pay rent, you pay the property taxes of your landlord unless they are a bad at business; own a car; pay taxes on that as well it is called registration and license. Everyone pays taxes so that it goes into a big pool to pay for stuff we cannot afford individually like roads, libraries, schools (Oh I forgot evil TGOP hate school unless you can be brainwashed or it can be stolen with this charter school/privatizing nonsense).

    I don’t want to support evil rich persons like GE which doesn’t pay any corporate taxes but keeps crying poverty, or my taxes going to move Bob Evans. Looks to me like we exchanged tyranny of the rich from over there to tyranny of the rich over here. That also includes disrespecting people who do real work and disrespecting real work. This also includes the systematic campaign of dis/mis information and dumbing down of the electorate by demonizing people who are smart, educated and that includes teachers.

    Rethug ideology as follows, money and power first last and always so lie to get people to vote for people who are rich since there aren’t enough rich people to vote for the takeover. Evil in America brought to you by evil corporatists and their evil minions.

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  • Is it neccessary to sign the petition in your county of residence? I’m officially registered to vote in Columbus, but my familiy all lives in Akron, while I’m stationed in Virginia. I’ll be in the state for Easter and Memorial Day, can I track down a petition to sign up in Summit County?

  • You make an excellent point. Any Ohio voter can check their registration at the Secratary of States website. (Or, they could when Ms. Brunner was running things. God only knows with Husted)

  • Anonymous

    Hi. Just joined Plunderbund today. Great site! Nice “Repeal SB5” logo too. :-)Have you thought about selling stickers with that logo? Just a thought. I can’t get out and collect signatures, but I’d like to put a sticker in my window so the folks that do come around with the petitions will know I support the repeal and want to sign. Does anyone know if there are specific places in central Ohio where we can go to sign the petition to repeal SB5? Maybe someplace that the “We Are Ohio” group may have set up? I’m sure there are a whole lot of people who want to sign, but may not have someone come around to their neighborhood. Thanks. Look forward to all the great discussion on this site! 🙂

  • Tchristiankorbee

    Where is there an online list of the individuals in the house and senate who voted for this bill? We need to target them for recall/defeat.

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