The Ed Show | September 13, 2011
>>> from madison to columbus to washington, d.c., we must protect and defend the fundamental freedom of workers to organize. labor unions helped build this nation's economy, not just for union members, but all workers benefited. now is not the time to attack unions. in fact, there's never a good time to do that. now is the time to strengthen workers' rights. to defend them. to fight for workers men and women nationwide.
>> and in my "playbook" tonight, the fight for workers' rights in america goes on. you just heard nancy pelosi addressing the labors international union , voicing her support for union workers. over the past seven months, kasich in ohio has made it clear big business and big donors are more important than the working people of his state. kasich and his republican cronies in the state legislature rammed through a bill because they said it was going to cut costs. really? they ignored the thousands of protesters who showed up at the statehouse in the dead of winter. at one point locking them out of the capitol. when a republican on a key committee voiced reservations about the bill, they tossed him out and replaced him with i guess you could say a more friendly representative to kasich. but the people of ohio are fighting back. they collected a record 1.3 million signatures to put the repeal of senate bill 5 on the november ballot which is now measure 2. a recent poll shows 50% of the voters would reject measure 2 senate bill 5. 39% would support to keep it. kasich has been going all-out in support of his bill, painting ohio as a wasteland if it gets repealed. his most recent quote, "if we don't win this, the setback is how does ohio get labeled in the minds of companies around this country? is it a slow, heavy labor state? which tends to scare decision makers, ceos?" tonight kasich showed a different side on hannity's show, talking about job creation on a national level, he started preaching about compromise.
>> families are unemployed, sean. we have to start getting things together. we have to reach a little common ground out here. there are some things in that -- like that payroll tax cut and some other things we could maybe reach agreement. let's find those things that we can all agree upon so we can start get these kids out of poverty and get people back to work?
>> so the president goes to ohio and now the governor speaks up. governor kasich should take his own advice and focus on the thousands of teachers and other public employees in ohio who are losing their jobs because of his policies. starting tomorrow, "the ed show" will be in the state of ohio standing with the americans, the workers fighting for their rights. for more details go to our blog at ed.msnbc.com. we'll be in toledo tomorrow night and columbus thursday night.
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