Lepore-Hagan Stands With Ohio Workers, Speak Out Against GOP Anti-worker Bills
Voices solidarity with Columbus Working People's Day of Action on Feb. 24

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today issued a statement in support of the Working People’s Day of Action planned for Saturday, February 24 at the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio march comes on the heels of the introduction of six Republican-sponsored constitutional amendments to implement so-called “right to work” legislation and other workplace restrictions in the Buckeye State. 

“Some Republicans, like the sponsors of HB 53, the Koch Brothers, and other big-money donors who pour millions of dollars into right-to-work-for-less initiatives, just can’t take no for answer. The people of Ohio loudly and clearly told them “no” in 2011 when they overwhelmingly voted to repeal SB 5. And they’ll be told no again because the working men and women of our state know that collective bargaining and strong unions are the key to economic growth and prosperity in our state," said Lepore-Hagan.

“If the sponsors of HB 53 think right to work is right for them, I invite them to move to Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama or one of the other states that lag far behind ours in income, education, home ownership, and health care. I’ll stay here and enjoy the standard of living made possible by Ohio’s unions and their members.” 

Thousands of people will gather in cities across the nation Saturday at similar rallies to make a stand against anti-worker restrictions ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Feb. 26 hearing of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 – a case that could put right to work restrictions in place for public sector workers across the nation.

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