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We Are Ohio to fight right-to-work issue



Published: Mon, March 12, 2012 @ 1:12 p.m.

We Are Ohio to fight right-to-work issue

YOUNGSTOWN — We Are Ohio, the group that led the successful fight to overturn a state bill restricting some collective bargaining rights for public employees, is reorganizing to fight a potential right-to-work constitutional amendment.

The organization said today that it wants to defeat such an amendment if Ohioans for Workplace Freedom, behind the right-to-work proposal, obtains the needed signatures to get the issue on the November ballot.

Currently, state law requires those in unionized workplaces to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Jim Graham, president of the United Auto Workers Local 1112 at the Lordstown General Motors complex, said this is an attack on middle-class and working-class families. Graham spoke at today’s press conference at the Lemon Grove Cafe in downtown Youngstown.s

Officials with Ohioans for Workplace Freedom, the group trying to obtain the needed signatures to get the proposed amendment on the November ballot, couldn’t immediately be reached by The Vindicator to comment.

For the complete story, read Tuesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


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1Benjii(26 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Why is it that every time the UAW, Betras, or Hagen speak, everything is "an attack on the middle class"? If unions are the salvation of the worker, then let them stand on their own merit. Join if you want, or not. If they are all that Jim Graham says they are, then everyone will want to join. So far, 7% of the US work force is in a union.

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2commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Is the Lemon Grove the Democratic meeting place in Youngstown??

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3ytownsteelman(627 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

The Lemon Grove is leftist central, the place where all left wingers and Democrats meet to discuss their nefarious plans. I won't step foot in the place.

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4walter_sobchak(1892 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

The Lemon Grove is where Youngstown's best pugilists, prevaricators, and pusillaminous politicians go to demonstrate their testosterone level. to the general public.

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5sam_carter(87 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Where do you birthers hang out?

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6sam_carter(87 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

At night? On the weekends too? Oh yeah, thats right. Youre not in a union... No, seriously, i know youre watching oreilly and hannity every night from 8 to 10. You oughta change the channel and see what else is on once in a while. History, Discovery. Storage wars is a good show on A&E

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7classics(53 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

The real enemy of the middle class is Pres Obama himself. He only cares if you are in a union ponying up PAC money, otherwise you're on your own. Ask the Delphi Salaried Reitrees. Obama is as phoney as they come.

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8LtMacGowan(641 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Just tell me where to sign. We need to keep our unions strong if the middle class has any intent in keeping what tiny percentage of the wealth of the nation they have now.

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9ConservativeDude(36 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I will work hard for OHIOANS FOR WORKPLACE FREEEDOM to move us toward a Right-to-work-state. I maintain that no worker should have to pay to get or keep a job.

This whole scenerio would change if the companies worked toward eliminating the dues collections for the Unions. The proof of the Union sentement would manifest itself through the willingness of the workers to send in that check every month BEFORE they buy groceies.

WE ARE OHIO is fighting for the dues which the Union spends with little or no input from the workers as to what candidates or issues are supported with the workers money.

The Union workers need to start questioning what their Union is doing with their money! You get an instand raise by not paying Union dues.

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10Phil_EngAmer(32 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

We know We are Ohio are certainly going to do all they can to kill RTW legislation, but really it’s a worthwhile endeavor for the state. Ohio certainly hasn’t improved since We are Ohio launched their vendetta against SB5 (http://bit.ly/AkjOHj).

RTW legislation could do a lot of good for the state and many of the myths about it driving down wages has been proven to be false (http://bit.ly/Ad4S85). It is certainly worth watching the situation in Indiana where the state feels like it could greatly improve its job situation with their new RTW legislation in place (http://onforb.es/xIj3Az).

What Ohio certainly doesn’t need is another political money war, which is what We are Ohio seem to be gearing up for.

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