Leader Strahorn Responds To SB 5 Resurrection
Says right to work is wrong bill is an affront to working families, Ohio voters
June 30, 2016
 
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House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the statement below regarding the introduction of House Bill 583, legislation to limit the rights of public employees to collectively bargain: 


“Five years ago, Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected Senate Bill (SB) 5, an attack on working families across the state that would have limited workers’ 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 some have missed the message. The introduction of this SB 5-style attack is a slap in the face to the millions of working families and Ohio voters that rejected similar extreme restrictions five years ago. 


“At a time when so many hardworking families are struggling to make ends meet, it is unconscionable that some lawmakers would seek to weaken the ability of workers – including police and fire – to earn a living wage. Workers in right to work for less states take home less pay, face higher poverty and infant mortality rates, and are more likely to die on the job. 


“The reason workers in Ohio rejected SB 5 in 2011 still holds true today: because they know right to work is wrong. It is wrong for working families and it is wrong for our state.” 

 
 
 
  
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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.”