Late last week, Ohio Republican State Representative John Becker sent a letter to all his colleagues asking for co-sponsorship to support six union-busting bills he would like to see put on the ballot as Constitutional Amendments.
Neither employers nor employees are asking for such an anti-worker agenda to be enacted. This begs the question, what is the sponsors’ motivation for introducing these proposals? Ohioans overwhelmingly rejected these types of attacks in 2011 when they used the citizens’ veto and repealed Senate Bill 5. Ohioans strongly believe that legislators should work in bipartisan fashion to find common ground to grow our economy from the middle out and raise wages for all. This can be accomplished by investing in Ohio’s workforce, not by seeking to divide and diminish it.
One has to ask themselves, why does Rep. John Becker want to hurt working people? If these proposals were to pass, hard working Ohioans from all corners of the state would be negatively impacted. Workers in more than 100 occupations, especially in the construction, transportation, manufacturing, communications, energy, retail, public and safety service sectors will be hurt by these radical and unnecessary proposals. These proposals are nothing but a thinly-veiled attempt to silence workers on the job, strip them of their political voice, and slash wages at a time when they have been stagnant for far too long.
Thank you for taking time to make sure extreme politicians understand Ohioans will fight back against such anti-worker proposals.