Ohio Voters Send a Message

by Mike Carvalho  |  November 09, 2011

The Ed Show in Columbus, Ohio
Ed Schultz speaks with AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders and Ohio AFL-CIO Pres. Tim Burga live on MSNBC on Election Night. (Photo by Joe Weidner)

As results from Ohio’s statewide vote on Issue 2 started coming in on Election Night, AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders joined host Ed Schultz live on MSNBC from Columbus, Ohio, to look at the impact of what was shaping up to be a resounding victory for the working middle class.

“This night clearly sends a message,” said Saunders. “It sends a message here in Ohio that working families and the middle class are fighting back, we are making our voices heard like never before. This will carry from Ohio across this country. We are back.”

By a final margin of 61%-39%, Ohio voters vetoed Senate Bill 5, dealing a stunning blow to Gov. John Kasich’s anti-worker agenda. As a jubilant crowd celebrated the victory, Secretary-Treasurer Saunders reminded viewers that the fight to protect public services and working families is far from over.

“We can enjoy tonight. We can celebrate tonight because this is a huge victory. But tomorrow morning we’ve got to roll up our sleeves. We’ve got to rededicate ourselves, recommit ourselves. We’ve got to continue this battle, we’ve got to continue this fight.”

Watch the video clip of Schultz, Saunders and Ohio AFL-CIO Pres. Tim Burga here:

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