The Associated Press reports that Ohio voters have resoundingly defeated Gov. John Kasich’s (R) anti-labor law, Senate Bill 5, delivering a significant blow to the beleaguered governor in his first year of office. The rejection marks a victory for Ohio’s teachers, firefighters, police, and veterans whose collective bargaining rights were stripped by the law. On MSNBC’s Ed Show, state Rep. Nina Turner (D) demanded that Kasich apologize to Ohioans for attacking workers’ rights instead of focusing on jobs.
This is the first vote on workers’ collective bargaining rights in the nation’s history and, as Plunderbund notes, marks the first time a governor has seen signature legislation rejected by voters in his or her first year.