by Jon Melegrito | June 29, 2011
A semi-truck containing signed petitions to repeal S.B. 5 will be escorted by thousands of volunteers, union members and community supporters who will deliver the forms to the Ohio Secretary of State. (Photo by Blaine Rummel)
Thousands of union members and community supporters are escorting a large semi-truck containing hundreds of thousands of signatures, which will be delivered to the Ohio Secretary of State later this morning.
Billed as the “Million Signature March,” the historic event marks the completion of a petition drive to repeal S.B. 5 – a law that strips public service workers of collective bargaining rights.
Leading the parade is “We Are Ohio,” a citizen-driven, community-based, bipartisan coalition. Last week, the group announced that 714,137 signatures had been collected, exceeding the 231,149 requirement to place a citizen’s veto on the ballot.
“The people have spoken that S.B. 5 is no good for Ohio,” says Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA)/AFSCME Local 11 Pres. Eddie L. Parks, also an International vice president. “But before we turn attention to the November campaign, let’s celebrate the efforts of the more than 10,000 activists and volunteers who have worked so hard.”
A press conference to announce the final signature total will follow the parade.