House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today applauded the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court case Friedrichs vs. California, which challenged fair share fees for public non-union employees who benefit from collective bargaining negotiations that increase wages and bring better benefits and safety protections to the workplace. The court split 4-4, effectively preserving precedent requiring public employees to pay fair share fees for benefits associated with union representation.


“Today’s outcome reaffirmed what so many working families across our nation already knew – the better wages, higher safety standards and benefits that unions bring to the workplace benefit all working people equally,” said Strahorn. “The higher quality of life that working people experience when they come together to speak with one voice and sit at the same table as equals with their boss is undeniable. Just as citizens in civilized society are expected to contribute their fair share in order to benefit from services and goods like police and fire protection, schools, libraries, roads, unemployment protection and retirement security – today’s outcome confirms that colleagues in the workplace have a similar responsibility to work toward the greater good. The outcome of this case is great for America.”

 
 
 
  
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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.”