LIMA — Off-duty firefighters and police officers walked door-to-door Saturday, urging Lima residents to vote “no” in next month’s ballot fight over the state’s collective-bargaining overhaul.
About 40 cops and firefighters took part in the canvassing, organized as Protect Ohio’s Protectors, part of the We Are Ohio coalition opposing the collective-bargaining law known as Senate Bill 5. We Are Ohio is the union-backed coalition that spearheaded efforts to get the referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot and continues pushing for S.B. 5’s defeat.
“It’s a safety issue, not just for the firefighters, but it translates to safety for the citizens of Lima,” said Sean Carpenter, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 334 and one of the canvass volunteers. “One thing they’re going to take away from us is the ability to sit down at the negotiating table and determine manning factors, determine the type of equipment that we have.”
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