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AFSCME seeks support against budget cuts

Published: Tue, March 22, 2011 @ 12:08 a.m.

By David Skolnick



Lily McElroy, owner of Our Family Restaurant, next to the Youngstown State University campus, said she’s concerned that the governor’s budget cuts will adversely impact her customers and her business.

About 75 percent of the customers at her Hispanic/soul food restaurant on West Wood Street are either public employees or students.

The budget “puts their jobs at risk, and that will hurt my business and other small businesses,” McElroy said Monday.

Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal cuts Local Government Fund money to counties, cities, villages and townships by 50 percent over a two-year period beginning July 1.

The governor has said other changes he’s proposing, including giving local entities much more control over contract negotiations with public workers, will help offset those costs.

“Unless we reduce the cost of government and make Ohio business-friendly again, people will leave the Valley in droves,” said Rob Nichols, Kasich’s spokesman, in a telephone interview. “This budget sets the stage for job creation by reducing the size of government and making Ohio business-friendly again.”

But state Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Canfield, D-33rd, said the governor’s proposed budget shifts the financial burden from the state to local entities, and reducing the collective- bargaining rights of public employees is no benefit.

Schiavoni and McElroy joined about a dozen others — most of them members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union — at a Monday press conference outside Our Family Restaurant, which opened six months ago.

As a way to support public employees, McElroy put a sign in her restaurant window reading: “Public & private employees served here.”

“We’re reaching out to local businesses asking they support good jobs in their communities,” said Jesse C. Newcomer V, political action and advocacy coordinator of AFSCME Ohio’s northeast region.


1timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

No different than the rest of America !

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Soes this mean that Dunkin Donuts will close all around the state if police forces are cut?

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3lee(544 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Why is it that union employees can't stand on their own two feet, do they feel inferior to other workers? When people yell and call other people names it usually means that person is very insecure. Just asking?

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4unhappyvoter1(87 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

lee you really need to understand that this country needs all jobs to keep it going, quit talking down about the union workers. i take that personally and i am a hard worker. ok...........lets all work together and maybe we can salvage what's left.

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5Askmeificare(1167 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Many non union workers are standing on their own two feet BECAUSE of union workers and what unions have fought for, for decades.

Now that folks are trying to knock down unions, it is only a matter of time when the non union workers get squeezed without mercy and stripped of their rights.

In this economy - friends it is coming within three years, so dress warm. Very, very warm and bring food to your new home, the Wal Mart tent that sleeps six.

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6borylie(946 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I wonder how much support and publicity she'd get if she put Welcome TEA Party and republicans signs in her windows? Thugs would smash her windows.

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7redeye1(5615 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I was a public employee who felt he was held back due to the union. I worked my butt offf just to get passed over byr another union employee because they had firends who must have slept with someone in mgmt I have worked in non union places where promotions were based on merit not on who you knew.. Unions used to be good , but they have outlived their usefulness. Unions are just another business who wants membership dues and does nothing.for them.

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8Askmeificare(1167 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

@ JessieDavid:

Union workers are in the minority of the workforce so I must ask for your sources or to kindly post herein your calculations for how you came to your conclusions regarding HOW unions burden us financially.

Unions are big in our part of America, yet the financial crunch situation is ALL OVER America.

Also, regarding " especially benefits ", you stated that unions, " demanded and got, that raised prices for all of us who do not have employers that can pay those same type of benefits. "

If non union employers cannot afford the same benefits that union employers can, why is that a union's fault? I would imagine that is the fault of the company owner(s), the employer, who just happens to be non union or perhaps your non union company isn't being honest and hasn't "opened the books".

Workers whom currently are without union benefits and whom want union benefits should:

1). join a union by calling any union hall and ask how to get started,
2). join a union via trade school starting out into a career that has union (preferably a strong union representation), i.e. truck driving school = teamsters; electrician school = electrical union, etc..
3). start a union at their own workplace.

Why totally leave the decision of what type of benefits packages to choose from up to an employer?

Why allow an employer to only offer you three or seven benefit packages from which to choose, if you are offered to choose? Benefit packages can be customized to practically UNLIMITED in scope of offering, and of course in cost.

Do YOU trust your employer enough to make lifestyle and financial decisions for YOUR family?

You stated in comment number 9, " We have through the years been stuck with paying much higher medical prices that unions caused... ". Unions didn't cause anyone to pay higher medical costs for apples to apples comparison care coverage.

Doesn't the dubious honor of rising healthcare and medical costs fall to the attorneys, starting with the late 1980's cigarette lawsuits?

And what about all those fake worker comp filings?

And what about all the smokers racking up health care tabs?

And what about all those fat people getting hurt or needing crutches to get around in except at home while they sit on their fat ass?

What about all those people whom make poor lifestyle choices, including jumping off a roof and into a swimming pool so they can impress friends and get on television - WHAT ABOUT THEM?

Yet, you only state unions are the problem. Nah. Nope. Nay.

And lastly, You and TAXEDOFF are getting snobby with me. Why? I am sensitive and should be treated with kid gloves so I don't get my feelings hurt.

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