In what Lawrence O’Donnell described as one of the sleaziest legislative moves he’s ever seen, the Republicans in the Ohio Senate jammed through their union busting SB5, but only after removing two Republicans on two separate committees who were opposed to it in order to get it to the Senate floor.
The Ohio State Senate just passed the controversial SB 5, aimed a limiting unionized state employees’ ability to collectively bargain or go on strike.
In an indication of how divisive the legislation is in the Buckeye State, the final vote in the Senate was 17-16. The bill now moves to the state House, which like the Senate, is under Republican control.
Gov. John Kasich (R) has endorsed the measure and is expected to sign it when it reaches his desk.
Democrats united against the bill, and they needed seven Republican members to join with them to stop it. In the end they got six.
Pushing the bill through the Senate has been tough for supporters of the plan, with the Republican leader of the state Senate removing two Republicans opposed to the measure to get the bill to the Senate floor today.
Lawrence talked to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s Adam Green about their campaign to fight back against what these governors are doing in Ohio and Wisconsin and across the country, busting unions and waging class warfare against the poor and what’s left of the middle class. You can watch some of their new ads that are airing in Wisconsin or make a donation to help keep them on the air here.