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State Assembly candidates from Janesville react to Ohio public union vote

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Stan Stricker
November 9, 2011

A two-to-one margin of victory by Ohio voters, to repeal a law stripping public workers of collective bargaining rights, may empower two Janesville Democrats running for the state assembly.


City Council member Yuri Rashkin is encouraged by the margin of victory. He says the vote sends a strong message these type of changes go way to far. Fellow candidate and school board member Kevin Murray says the power for labor to negotiate fair labor and working conditions speak volumes. Both candidates say they are pleased with the decision in Ohio, and say it may help with efforts to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.


Republican incumbent Joe Knilans says Ohio state government may now be forced into making layoffs and reducing programs in order to financially reinstate previous public worker benefits.



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