The people of Ohio used their citizen veto on Nov. 8 to repeal legislation that would have stripped police officers, teachers, firefighters and other public workers of their right to bargain collectively. It is the first time in the nation's history that collective bargaining rights have been upheld on a statewide ballot. And it is a clear sign that Americans understand we can't rebuild the economy without rebuilding the middle class.
In her latest "What Matters Most" column, which appears in the New York Times, AFT president Randi Weingarten discusses the importance of the Ohio vote, as well as results in other states that showed voters are fed up with politicians who thought they could exploit a tough economy to advance extremist agendas. Those results are sending a message that legislators need to heed. Read the full column.
November 14, 2011