Leader Strahorn Comments On Five-year Anniversary Of SB 5 Signing
Says working families face continued attacks in Ohio
March 31, 2016
 
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House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the statement below to mark the five-year anniversary of Gov. Kasich signing Senate Bill (SB) 5, legislation to strip public employees of the right to collectively bargain for fair wages and safe workplaces:


“Five years ago today, Governor Kasich signed into law an attack on working families across the state that would have limited worker’s ability to speak with one voice to negotiate for fair wages and safe workplaces.


“Although SB 5’s lop-sided defeat at the ballot box should have been a lesson learned, today it is clear that many have missed the message. Five years after millions of Ohioans resoundingly rejected the extreme measure, working families in Ohio still face repeated unfair and unsafe attacks in the legislature.


“From unemployment compensation legislation that would drastically cut benefits for out-of-work Ohioans to legislation that would bring Right to Work is Wrong restrictions to our state, too many politicians continue to try to chip away at the rights of working families.


“As we reflect on the anniversary of the signing of Senate Bill 5, I hope my colleagues in the legislature will set aside politics and instead focus on the future to pave a path to economic stability and the middle class for working people in our state.” 

 
 
 
  
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