-Inside Pitch
7:51 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Cincinnati firefighter to address Democratic convention tonight

Cincinnati firefighter Doug Stern, who appeared in TV commercials last year urging voters to repeal Senate Bill 5, will speak at the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte tonight.

Stern, a member of Cincinnati Firefighters Local 48, will speak briefly sometime between 6 and 7 p.m. tonight.

His subject, no doubt, will be Senate Bill 5, the Republican-backed legislation which would have limited the collective bargaining powers of public employees such as police, firefighters and teachers.

Organized labor, with help from the Obama campaign, mounted a petition drive to put a referendum on the November 2011 ballot to repeal Senate Bill 5.

The referendum, Issue 2, was passed overwhelmingly by Ohio voters and Senate Bill 5 is no longer Ohio law.