Union Front We Are Ohio Reminds Supporters to Vote For Issue 2
Union campaign group We Are Ohio sent an email on October 1 reminding supporters to vote “Yes” on Issue 2, the union-driven Voters First Ohio amendment. In 2011, We Are Ohio spent more than $40 million – including over $20 million from unions outside Ohio – promoting a “No” vote on union reform, which also appeared on the ballot as Issue 2.
“I know it’s [sic] seems strange, but this year all of us need to Vote Yes on Issue 2,” wrote We Are Ohio communications director Dennis Willard in a message titled, “THIS YEAR, IT’S YES ON ISSUE 2.”
Willard, formerly the Akron Beacon Journal’s statehouse chief and most recently an Ohio Democratic Party communications staffer, reiterated – as We Are Ohio spokespeople always do – the union campaign’s articles of faith on public union reform legislation Senate Bill 5, “the unfair, unsafe law that hurt us all.”
Willard then instructed mailing list subscribers to visit the union campaign’s Facebook page “to learn about the Had Enough Early Vote Tour through 30 cities beginning tomorrow (Oct. 2).”
“If you want our elected officials to work on good paying jobs, safety and rights in the workplace, and strengthening our communities, then Vote Yes on Issue 2,” Willard wrote.
What We Are Ohio – a union campaign arm which presents itself as a bipartisan grassroots group – doesn’t say is that “good paying jobs, safety and rights in the workplace, and strengthening our communities” are defined as labor laws giving unions even more power, and bigger government shoveling even more taxpayer funds into union coffers.
Voters First Ohio represents something of a backup plan for We Are Ohio, which began preparing in 2011 for a right-to-work issue likely to be on the ballot in 2013. Right-to-work prevents labor unions from forcing employees in unionized workplaces to pay union dues as a condition of employment.
“Obviously, right-to-work is an effort to hurt working people, and I believe that thats one reason why there are discussions going on right now,” Willard told Youngstown Vindicator reporter Marc Kovac at the December 2011 presser where We Are Ohio first indicated it would remain in business following the union defeat of public union reform.
As the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) campaign Fight For a Fair Economy wrote in March 2012, “We Are Ohio will also focus on educating voters about another mounting attack on workers in which extreme groups are attempting to make Ohio a right-to-work state.”
Media Trackers has reported that We Are Ohio is a key backer of the unions’ Voters First Ohio campaign to replace the state’s current redistricting process with a complex new system similar to the one gamed by California unions and Democrats. After Democrats suffered widespread losses in 2010 leading to Republican control of redistricting in 2011, labor unions made a priority of the amendment campaign started by League of Women Voters of Ohio and several other left-of-center groups.
The complete October 1 Voters First campaign email sent by Dennis Willard to the We Are Ohio mailing list follows.
I know its seems strange, but this year all of us need to Vote Yes on Issue 2.
Last year, Gov. Kasich and self-serving politicians went on the attack with Senate Bill 5, the unfair, unsafe law that hurt us all.
This year, were fighting back with our own Issue 2 that will put citizens in charge of fair districts for Congress and state lawmakers.
Please tell your friends, family and neighbors if they have Had Enough, then Vote Yes on Issue 2.
Like We Are Ohio on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/weareohio to learn about the Had Enough Early Vote Tour through 30 cities beginning tomorrow (Oct. 2).
Dont be confused by the lying and misleading ads from the same people that brought you Senate Bill 5.
This is very simple. If you want Congress and state lawmakers working for you and not for themselves, then Yes for Issue 2.
If you want our elected officials to work on good paying jobs, safety and rights in the workplace, and strengthening our communities, then Vote Yes on Issue 2.
Right now, politicians pick their voters by drawing their own maps. They are not running in competitive races. We get extremists in Congress and the Statehouse.
Think about it. They bullied Senate Bill 5 into law against your will and the will of 2.1 million voters, 1.3 million petition signers and 17,000 volunteers.
This year, Voting Yes on our Issue 2 changes all that.
If you want common-sense, moderate people in Congress and as state lawmakers, regardless of party, then Vote Yes on Issue 2 to put people, not politicians, in charge.
When we have fair elections, all of us win.
We Are Ohio Communications Director