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Make the children of Ohio poorer

Ohio is once again considering a Right to Work for Less law.

Brian Young's picture
Dec 09, 2015

In 2011, Ohio joined other mid-western states like Wisconsin and Michigan in attacking basic workplace rights of union members by passing a Right To Work for Less law.  The law which became known as SB-5, eventually passed both houses of the legislature and was signed into law by Governor and now Presidential candidate John Kasich. 

After the law was passed, organized labor didn’t give up the fight.  Instead they petitioned to get the law onto the ballot and put SB-5 up to a popular vote.  When the vote came up, citizens of Ohio overwhelmingly rejected SB-5. Fast forward 4 years with job growth numbers up, Governor Kasich now believes that Ohio DOES NOT need Right to Work for Less. With Kasich running for President and the both houses of the legislature running for reelection, these morally shallow politicians are pandering.  So instead of focusing on issues that are important to Ohioans, Republicans in the legislature have begun holding hearings on Right To Work for Less legislation for private employers while Kasich talks out of both sides of his face with the unions in Ohio.

At the hearing hosted by the Republican Legislature, over 100 union members filled the hearing room and reminded the legislators that if they want to consider Right To Work, they would face a fight even larger than the fight they faced in 2011.  “It’s important to show it every time that we can have people come out,” said Becky Higgins, president of the Ohio Education Association. “We have to continually be vigilant. We need to be wherever this is being talked about.”

Other union members talked about how the public has already made their feelings felt on the issue.  “We’ve already been here with Senate Bill 5, and the citizens of the state of Ohio overwhelmingly rejected this,” said Terry Hollon, a corrections officer at the Pickaway Correctional Institution for 32 years. “I don’t understand why we have to go through this again."

Pundits believe that although it would be tough to pass the bill through the Senate, there are enough votes in the Assembly.  Supporters of Right To Work agree that it will take a long time to get the bill passed, but they continue to spout the same old lies that right to work supporters around the country use.

Democrats have countered that it will only bring lower wages, worse safety record, and lower spending on education. “It will make citizens and their children in Ohio poorer,” said Rep. Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo. “This is not a race to the bottom.” 

At the hearing, the bill sponsor, Rep Thomas Brinkman (R-Cincinnati) faced tough questioning from the Democrats.  Rep. Alicia Reece, a Cincinnati Democrat, asked Brinkman whether his bill was "a direct slap in the face" to the voters who rejected Senate Bill 5.

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