Sick-days supporters scrap ballot proposal
The Dispatch wrote Sick-days supporters scrap ballot proposal
Friday, September 5, 2008
By Alan Johnson
Two months before what appeared to be a likely victory in the Nov. 4 election, the union-led coalition backing Ohio’s mandatory sick-days proposal abruptly decided to drop the issue yesterday.
Becky Williams, president of District 1199 of the Service Employees International Union, said that the sick-days proposal, which would have been Issue 4 on the ballot, will be pulled “to avoid a negative and divisive campaign fight that could hurt Ohio.”
Appearing yesterday at a hurriedly called news conference at the Downtown branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Williams, Gov. Ted Strickland and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said they now will push for a national sick-days law. That approach also is supported by Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.