Ohio: State of the State Rally on Tuesday

The fight against Senate Bill 5 continues Tues., March 8.  A rally will begin at 10 a.m. at the Ohio Statehouse to coincide with Gov. John Kasich’s first State of the State address at noon.

Shuttles will be leaving from OCSEA, 390 Worthington Rd., Westerville beginning at 9 a.m.

The House Commerce and Labor Committee will hear sponsor testimony in Room 121 tomorrow at 4 p.m.  Vouchers for the hearing will be available on the south steps of the Ohio Statehouse one hour prior to the hearing.  The vouchers will be handed out on a first-come, first serve basis.

“I know it’s going to be a long and busy day, but we need everyone to come out to the Statehouse and stand up against this harmful legislation,” said OCSEA President Eddie L. Parks.  “Bring your family, friends, neighbors — everyone you know!  The livelihood of every public employee is dependent on it.”

Additional Hearings

Hearings will continue on Wed., March 9 at 9 a.m. with proponent testimony, and Thurs., March 10 at 1:15 p.m. with testimony from all sides.  Both hearings will take place in Room 313.  Shuttles will be leaving from OCSEA on those days as well.

Those wishing to testify should contact Rep. Joe Uecker’s office at 614-466-8134 by 5 p.m. the day PRIOR to testifying.  Those giving testimony should report to Statehouse Hearing Room 114 no later than one hour prior to the committee to receive a voucher.

For more information, visit <www.ocsea.org>.  Cf. Alan Johnson and Darrel Rowland, “State Payroll Down Again in 2010: Collective Salaries for Non-university Workers Drop 1.7%” (Columbus Dispatch, 3 March 2011).

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