COLUMBUS- State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D- Lakewood) released the following statement after the first committee hearing on so- called “right to work” legislation, House Bill 151 and House Joint Resolution 5. HB 151 attacks workers rights to collectively bargain in the private sector, while HJR 5 would place a so-called “right to work” amendment on the ballot.


 “The right to a living wage and safe working conditions will not be found in so-called ‘right to work’ legislation proposed by HB 151and Joint resolution 5.  I stand with our union brothers and sisters and continue to support their right to collective bargaining and representation.”


 Ohioans rejected similar legislation, Senate Bill 5, in 2011 by an overwhelming 62 percent of the vote statewide. Yet, House Republicans continue attempts to hurt hardworking, middle class Ohioans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, workers in so-called “right to work” states earn $6,437 less in annual, average household income compared to states without laws that weaken collective bargaining. 

 
 
 
  
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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report

 

The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.