More than 3,000 union members, retirees and supporters turned out in Columbus to send a loud and clear message to the Koch Brothers – everyone has a piece of the American Dream and it’s not for sale.
The fattest of America’s fat-cats dipped into petty-cash to send their front group into Ohio to showcase their stable speakers and hawk their conservative wares.
The two-day “Defending the American Dream Summit” included five “Koch-approved” Republican presidential candidates.
“There are as many American dreams as there are Americans,” said Ohio Council 8 President John A. Lyall. “No one owns that dream, but today’s super-wealthy think they are entitled to buy it.”
“We’re here to stop right-to-work and to stand up for working people,” said Maurice Brown, president of AFSCME Local 250 representing Cincinnati City Employees.
“This is not just a union cause, we’re out here fighting for the common man in Ohio. This affects everyone,” he said.
Lyall said the great turnout of AFSCME members from across the state shows our members are engaged, mobilized, “and ready to do what it takes” to build an America that works for everyone.
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AFSCME Council 8 President John Lyall (center) with AFSCME Members.
AFSCME Local 250, including Local President Maurice Brown (center).