By Erik Wasson - 09/05/11 08:28 PM EDT
Vice President Joe Biden delivered a fiery speech to a big labor event in Cincinnati Ohio on Monday where he urged his audience to stop a Republican anti-union “onslaught.”
Ohio will be voting Nov. 8 on a ballot referendum that would repeal a newly passed law pushed by Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) limiting collective bargaining rights of public workers.
Biden argued that anti-union politicians don't share the same value set as ordinary Americans.
He said his father always told him “don't tell me what you value. Show me your budget and I will tell you what you value.” He blasted Republican budget cutters for weakening infrastructure and research and development.
“Vote, vote, vote your values,” he urged the crowd in the crucial presidential swing state. “It's time we stand up and say we have had enough of their policies.”
Biden said that in the upcoming presidential campaign he will be fighting for nothing less than the survival of the American working class.
“I am about to be let loose,” he said.
He told union members that they will be crucial to defending the working class against politicians beholden to big business.
“You are the only non-governmental power that has the power and the capacity to stop this onslaught,” he said. He cited GOP attempts to weaken the National Labor Relations Board and make union elections more difficult.
“Without you there, there is no restraint,” he said.
Kasich on Friday argued that he is just trying to limit extravagant health and retirement benefits for public workers and make Ohio more competitive compared to other states. Kasich and Biden are known to be personally friendly and shared a high-profile golf game this summer with President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio.)