We Are Ohio Wins With Activate

On March 31, 2011, Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) signed Senate Bill 5 into law. The bill was heavily anti-union and was meant to strongly curtail the rights of Ohio’s 400,000 public employees, including removing their right to collective bargaining and preventing them from striking. While Republicans celebrated their victory against organized labor, We Are Ohio geared up to fight back.

They formed a bipartisan coalition of public and private sector workers including “autoworkers, police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, pastors, small business owners, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, local elected officials and business leaders, students, Moms, Dads, family members, and… neighbors.”

By the weekend April 1, 2011, there were already enough signatures turned into the Ohio Secretary of State’s office to begin the referendum process. After months of work across the state, We Are Ohio and other supporters of repealing Senate Bill 5 had gathered a record breaking 1,298,301 signatures from Ohioans overturn the Republican’s anti-union legislation. Senate Bill 5 was placed on the ballot for that November as Voter Referendum Issue 2.

To help with the massive, grassroots campaign they had planned, We Are Ohio turned to Activate for their phone banking and predictive dialer needs. Using the Activate system, more than 17,000 volunteers were able to make phone calls over the three months before Election Day and urge them to vote No on Issue 2. Using Activate, those volunteers were able to make almost 900,000 dials and speak to over 370,000 Ohioan voters about Issue 2 with an average statewide contact per hour rate of nearly thirty-five.

On November 8, 2011, the people of Ohio turned out in force to vote and thanks to the efforts of We Are Ohio, over 2.1 million people voted No on Issue 2 and Senate Bill 5 was repealed. The margin between the No and Yes votes of twenty-two points. The people of Ohio spoke, and loudly, proving that they wouldn’t stand by while establishment Republican’s stripped public employees of their rights as workers.

Activate would like to thank We Are Ohio for letting us be a part of this victory for the people of Ohio and for organized labor. We wish them luck in their 2012 fights against the Right to Work and anti-voter bills that the same Republican legislators who started Senate Bill 5 have proposed in the Ohio House and Senate.

To learn more about We Are Ohio’s ongoing efforts to protect the rights of workers and voters in the state of Ohio, please visit www.weareohio.com.