In a shocking turn of events, early this morning the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and Governor Ted Strickland scheduled a press conference for 9:15 a.m.
Shortly after that announcement, Gongwer, a statehouse news service, reported at 9:20 that the SEIU has officially requested that their Healthy Families Act be pulled from the ballot. Their reasoning being "it became clear that a shrill and vitrolic ballot campaign marred by misinformation and disinformation would be impossible to avoid." This action comes after every poll on the issue showed that over half of Ohioans approved of the initiative.
Mr. Strickland had been a lead player in compromise talks on the issue, trying to get the business community (opponents) and the SEIU to find a common ground. No compromise was reached, but as a result of AICUO's advisory role, students and faculty were to be included within the proposed exemptions. Because a compromise couldnt be reached, Gov. Strickland and Lt. Gov. Fisher said they would oppose the issue in November.
In a time when Ohio needs all the new business it can get, pulling this issue from the ballot is a smart move.
—Dustin A. Holfinger