Ohio Republicans have decided that now is not the time to
try to make the Ohio a so-called Right to Work state.
The issue appears to be dead despite the recent
introduction of two bills in the Ohio General Assembly that aim to prohibit
public and private sector workers from being required to join a union as part
of their employment.
Ohio General Assembly Republicans argue that workers
should have the freedom to chose whether they want union representation.
Democrats aren’t letting the opportunity pass to use the
issue to help them raise money and energize the party base.
They charge that the measures are an attack on collective
bargaining and aim to weaken union membership.
A Cleveland-based political action committee named Keep
Ohio’s Heritage even ran a recent television spot titled “Middle Class Minute.”
Democrats also say Right To Work comes with reductions to
the average rate of pay for workers when compared to states that have a
collective bargaining system like Ohio.
State Rep. Kevin Boyce
, D-Columbus, who
previously served as Ohio treasurer for two years starting in January 2009,
recently sent out an email fundraiser appeal to Democratic supporters.
“This threat is real. The bills have been introduced and
are just sitting there for Gov. (John
and his extreme Republican colleagues to
bully through at a moment’s notice,” Boyce wrote. “Together we can win like we
did against Senate Bill 5.”
The success of the Ohio Democratic Party and union members
was evident when a galvanized effort spearheaded the repeal of Senate Bill 5 in
It was precisely that fundraising effort that Ohio Senate
referred to in deciding it was the wrong time to
try to change the state law regarding Right to work.
A hearing on the issue that had been scheduled for last
Thursday was cancelled.
My hunch is at some point the issue of Right to Work will
appear on statewide ballots in some form.
I believe it would either be to repeal a bill that changes
the state law making Ohio a Right To Work state or one that lets voters
ultimately decide the matter.
The Lake-Geauga Young Republicans are the host club for
the 2013 Ohio Young Republican State Convention on June 7-8 at LaMalfa Centre
Local speakers during the convention include state Rep. Matt Lynch
and 11th District Court of Appeals Judge Colleen M. O’Toole. Keynote speaker
for the dinner program will be U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta. U.S. Rep.
Dave Joyce will be inducted into the local club’s hall of fame.
Contact Matt Jaworski
for more details.
Recently filing candidacy petitions in Lake County were David Anderson
for Willoughby mayor; and Dennis Morley
for Eastlake mayor.
Recently signing out candidacy petitions in Lake County
and Donald P. Webbe
Council at large; and Geoffrey W. Weaver
for Lake County Common Pleas Court; John R. Murphy
for Painesville Council at large Jan. 3 term; Chuck Hillier
Township trustee; Joshua J. Strickland
for Painesville Township trustee;
for Leroy Township trustee.
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is prior to 5 p.m. each Wednesday. Email or fax is preferred.
Fundraiser for Geauga County
, 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 30 at S.O.S. Inc. in Munson Township. See
Samide or Jacqueline
Lake County Commissioner Robert E.
, 18th annual golf outing, 11:30 a.m. registration May 31
at Powderhorn Country Club in Madison Township. See Kathie Aufuldish-Freshour
or Ernie Koenig
Lake County Sheriff Daniel A. Dunlap
Golf and Steak Fry, 10:30 a.m. shotgun start June 7 at Painesville Country
Club. See Lu
or Frank Leonbruno
Willoughby Hills Councilwoman Nancy Fellows
hosts Flag Day Family Picnic from 6 to 8 p.m. June 14 at Campbell Park in
Willoughby Hills. See Nancy or Dale Fellows
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: Bill Johnson, Colleen O'Toole, Dave Joyce, John Kasich, Keith Faber, Kevin Boyce, Matt Lynch, Ohio Senate, Ohio Young Republicans