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Local union official blasts Romney on jobs, supports Obama plan



Published: Wed, June 20, 2012 @ 10:55 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The head of a local union today spoke about Mitt Romney’s record for outsourcing jobs and promoted President Barrack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential candidate, has a record of outsourcing jobs both in his private industry career and as governor, said Bill Padisak, Youngstown/Warren AFL-CIO president.

There have been 33,500 manufacturing jobs added in Ohio since Obama became president. The county needs a president committed to keeping jobs in the United States, he said.

“Ohio is a state that has been a victim of outsourcing jobs,” Padisak said.

The actions taken by the Obama administration to stop “illegal business practices” involving China directly led to the Mahoning Valley’s ability to attract the V&M Star steel facility, he said.

Massachusetts State Representative Chris Murphy spoke about how Romney as Massachusetts governor had outsourced the state’s call center jobs to India and vetoed a bill that would make it illegal to outsource state jobs.

Since Obama has taken office the economy has been growing slowly, said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern.

“He’s doing it the right way by investing in U.S. jobs,” he said.

Padisak, Redfern and Murphy spoke as part of a conference call to promote Obama’s new “Come and Go” ad.


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1JoeFromHubbard(874 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Would you expect any different opinion from the unions ?

This valley is mired in the mentality that has been an eternal impediment to progress.

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2AtownAugie(697 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

FORWARD! (To the 1930's.)

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3IslandMike(676 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Unions brought us the weekend, health insurance and the 40 hour work week. I've noticed that since we now have fewer and fewer union jobs, we also have fewer good jobs, fewer jobs with benefits, fewer people with the weekends off and a rapidly declining middle class. Those Bush tax-cuts for the "job creators" sure worked wonders. LOL.

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4IslandMike(676 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Unions brought us the weekend, health insurance and the 40 hour work week. I've noticed that since we now have fewer and fewer union jobs, we also have fewer good jobs, fewer jobs with benefits, fewer people with the weekends off and a rapidly declining middle class. Those Bush tax-cuts for the "job creators" sure worked wonders. LOL.

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5JFGP(2 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Anyone who thinks Romney gives a rat's tail about the middle classes in this country, had better do a bit of homework. His business "experience" is that of a born rich kid who followed the gleam of his silver spoon to Bain Capital, where he made millions for himself and his investors. His sole aim was profit for his company.
Voters who think this business experience is his essential preparation to be President of the United States, deserve him.

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6300(552 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Redeye, so let me get this straight. Your objection to unions is that they aren't fighting the management strongly enough? So, you would support them if they did hold the management's feet to the fire? I didn't realize, I thought you were right-wing, but it turns out that you're actually far more to the left than the current labor movement and that's why you don't support them.

Or you're just confused and will use any point whatsoever to denigrate what you don't like, regardless of whether it's consistent with an ideology or not.

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7300(552 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Like those who don't care at all about wildlife or conservation, but will use the killing of birds as justification for why wind energy is bad.

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8JoeFromHubbard(874 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

@ IslandMike :

Those "Bush tax cuts" were for everyone, not just for upper tax bracket folks.

The Bush tax rate correction was done about 10 years ago. For those of you who have forgotten what excessive taxation is like, wait until next year for a nasty surprise unless the Republican party saves the day.

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9Philo(99 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Just one more good reason to give Ohio residents the freedom of choice they deserve through a right to work law. If you want to join the union then join it. If not, then you shouldn't be forced to do so. And the state or any other government entity should not be required to deduct union dues from your paycheck. If you want to join the union, then send them a check every month, just like you do for your cable TV bill. I think if this makes it to the ballot, particularly after what happened in Wisconsin with the Failure of the Scott Walker recall, Ohio voters will support this.

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