Labor Day: American History In The Making
A special Labor Day message from The Ohio House Democratic Caucus
September 04, 2017
 
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Working men and women protesting the vote of Senate Bill 5

Each Labor Day, Americans celebrate the spirit, ingenuity and immeasurable contributions of our country’s working men and women. From the 40-hour work week to fair wages and safer working conditions, people joining together to speak out with one voice built the largest middle class the world has ever seen. Thanks to the hard work of labor unions and workers’ rights pioneers, millions of Ohioans go to work each day knowing they have a voice and that they will be paid for the work they do.


In Ohio, many elected officials are supporting a bill to roll back a person’s right to speak up together with colleagues who are concerned about dangerous working conditions and employers denying their pay. But Ohio House Dems believe in the middle class, and we believe in America’s enduring values and constitutional guarantees of free speech and the right to assemble.


In times like these, we need to unify and cherish these ideals that made America the strongest nation in the world. Yet, Right to Work is Wrong because it tramples our American beliefs in favor of a new world order where global corporations continue rigging the rules against workers to put the profits of the rich and powerful, elite few over the good of families and the good of our nation.


The Ohio House Democratic Caucus believes the legislature should focus on attracting better jobs, improving wages, expanding healthcare, putting our schools and children first. We remain hopeful that, even in the face of legislation that would tear us apart, Republicans and Democrats can still come together to create good-paying jobs and secure a future where working people and families don’t just reach economic stability, but economic prosperity too.


America’s success story is that of our thriving middle class. By uniting under our common American principles, we can continue to grow our middle class, planting seeds of opportunity and watching the fruits of our labor force come to fruition. This Labor Day, House Dems express gratitude to American workers, and look to advance their efforts so every hardworking person always has a chance at the American Dream.


 


 

 
 
 
  
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House Dems Respond To GOP's Proposed Wage-killing Unemployment Restrictions

 

The Ohio House Democratic Caucus today responded to the newly unveiled GOP unemployment compensation bill that freezes unemployment compensation for ten years, increases unemployment insurance tax rates from .02 to .03 percent for employers, and adds a new ten-percent tax on employees.

“As Americans we believe in getting paid for the work you do. But now, after helping to build our bottom line in Ohio, working people will take home less pay for doing the same job under this legislation,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “That’s wrong.”

The legislation also reduces the amount of time a person remains eligible for unemployment insurance by two weeks, from 26 to 24.

“An automatic pay cut is not what most families and people have in mind when I talk to them about the priorities at their statehouse,” added Leader Strahorn. “People are concerned about owning a home, sending kids to school and trying to save what they can to get ahead.”