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Thousands gather at Statehouse in Columbus to defend public sector unions

by Kati Ketz |
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Protest to defend public sector unions at Ohio statehouse (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Columbus, OH - Thousands gathered here at the Statehouse on Feb. 22 to demand that lawmakers vote no on State Bill 5, a bill that would eliminate the right for public sector unions to collectively bargain. Firefighters, teachers, laborers and students gathered both inside and outside the Statehouse as state senators held another hearing on the bill. Protesters chanted “kill the bill!” and “give merit pay to senators,” while speeches were given on the steps by workers whose lives have improved thanks to the efforts of their unions.

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