Right to Work opponents energize following Ohio House committee hearing

As GOP continues to push the Right to Work agenda, in solidarity union forces fight back

(PR NewsChannel) / June 17, 2013 / COLUMBUS, Ohio 

Ohio capitol buildingWhen the Ohio House Manufacturing and Workforce Development Committee finished hearings on right to work, opponents of the controversial movement wasted no time pushing back against incessant Republican efforts to push the anti-union agenda.

“Ohioans rejected Governor Kasich’s attack on the middle class by voting down (Senate Bill 5), yet House Republicans seem to have missed the point and continue to push unsafe, unfair and divisive policies,” said Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, in a press release. “We need to stand together and demand an end to these attacks.”

Far from the only politician to voice displeasure with the GOP’s efforts, Phillips is joined by former House Speaker and Minority Leader, Rep. Armond Budish, D-Beachwood, who has gone on record claiming the Republicans are ignoring the will of the overwhelming majority of Ohioans who rejected Senate Bill 5.

Although GOP leadership has repeatedly said Right to Work isn’t on the agenda, and wouldn’t have the support to pass even if it were, many opponents are concerned that Ohio could face the same deceptive tactics that turned Michigan and Indiana into right to work states.

“We will work to ensure Ohio does not become the next casualty on the growing list of states that have rammed through so-called ‘right to work’ legislation in the dead of the night,” said Rep. Budish.

That hearing, which was called to discuss two right to work proposals drawn up by Rep. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson, was marked by hundreds of citizens appearing at the Ohio Statehouse to oppose the potential legislation.

“It’s amazing that everyone is letting their voice be heard,” said Pat Sink, IUOE Local 18’s business manager. “We need to continue to fight until we’ve beaten this thing down.”

Opponents of the Right to Work bills, sometimes called “Workplace Freedom,” have long believed that the initiative’s true purpose is to kill unions and worker protections, leading to a weaker middle class.

Stripping workers of their rights and freedoms would allow business owners to lower worker pay, reduce worker benefits and ignore worker rights.



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SOURCE:  Keep Ohio's Heritage

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