We Are Ohio is a citizen-driven, community-based, bipartisan coalition that has come together to repeal SB 5, the unfair attack on employee rights and worker safety. We Are Ohio includes public and private sector workers and employees, police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, pastors, small business owners, Republicans and Democrats, local elected officials and business leaders, students, Moms, Dads, family members, and your neighbors.
More than 10,000 volunteers stepped forward to circulate petitions. Their mission: to collect the required 231,149 signatures needed from at least 44 counties by June 30 to put the repeal of SB 5 on the ballot in November.
Mission accomplished. On June 29, 2011, We Are Ohio and over 6,000 supporters from around the state marched through Columbus and delivered nearly 1.3 million signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office – that’s more than 5 times the required number of signatures and one day ahead of schedule. On July 21 the Ohio Secretary of State announced that more than 900,000 signatures were validated from all 88 counties. In addition, all 88 counties exceeded the 3% threshold of voters from the last gubernatorial election. The response to repeal SB 5, the unfair attack on employee rights and worker safety, far outpaces any other signature collection drive in Ohio history.