A new Public Policy Polling survey shows that Ohio voters are prepared to strike down the state’s controversial anti-collective bargaining bill in next month’s elections. According to the poll, voters are against Senate Bill 5 by a 56 percent to 36 percent margin; barring a monumental shift, the labor movement is about to score a major victory for public employees and deliver a sharp rebuke to Governor John Kasich.
S.B. 5 has been hotly debated since it was first introduced last spring. Kasich signed it into law on March 31st, but by the next weekend opponents had raised enough signatures to launch a referendum on the bill. S.B. 5 would ban public unions from collective bargaining for benefits or going on strike, and would also eliminate binding arbitration.