Back in 2011, Ohio voters—in an extraordinary feat of bipartisanship—defeated SB5, a right-to-work law that limited public unions’ ability to negotiate for their members. Ohio voters spoke and the law was killed. Since then, many states around Ohio have passed some sort of right-to-work legislation. 


Ohio voters know the facts: These laws drive wages down for all workers, including nonunion members. As stated by the Economic Policy Institute in an April 2015 report, workers in right-to-work states earn, on average, $1,500 less per year than workers in states without these laws.


Right to work does not boost employment. In fact, seven of the eleven states with the highest unemployment rates have right-to-work laws, reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Right-to-work measures hinder workplace safety. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of workplace deaths is higher in right-to-work states.


So how do we thwart legislation like this? Well, if you’re going to fight a zombie bill, you need to consult zombie killers. I consulted my favorite zombie movie, “Zombieland,” for some rules.


  1. Practice cardio. To escape a pursuing zombie, you need to outrun it, and that means being fit. For Ohio voters, this means we are in for a marathon, not a sprint. Current legislators would like nothing more than to exhaust voters on this issue, so we must remain vigilant.

  2. Beware of bathrooms. You’re at your most vulnerable while sitting on the toilet, so be careful. In the current political climate; it is easy to get distracted by other, equally important issues. Voters must stay informed, so they recognize right-to-work legislation in all of its mutated forms.

  3. Always double tap. When in doubt, don't be stingy with your bullets. Ohio voters scored a massive hit on the right-to-work legislation, but we failed to follow up with the final blow, which is to replace the legislators who support these kinds of bills with candidates who support union rights, a living wage, and pay equality. Only then, can we rest easy.