Right-to-work law still wrong for Ohio
Earlier this year, Republican state Rep. John Becker of the Cincinnati area proposed right-to-work legislation for the sixth time in as many years in office. This time, he suggests it is “time for the people of Ohio to decide on right-to-work law,” and to allow the voters to decide.
Becker has proposed an Ohio constitutional amendment that he hopes will appear on the ballot in 2020. “My hope is to provide the people with a chance to vote on matters of critical economic importance,” he stated, while conveniently leaving out the fact that Ohio already decided on right-to-work in a 2011 referendum, when they repealed Senate Bill 5 by an 800,000-vote margin.
The fact is, right-to-work is still wrong for Ohio. According to the Department of Labor Statistics, in 2017, non-union workers earned less than 80 cents for every dollar a union worker earned. Additionally, union workers were more likely to have access to retirement benefits and medical coverage, including life insurance, short-term disability and paid sick leave. And because unions lift wages for all workers, median incomes in right-to-work states consistently rank at the bottom. Becker and his fellow Republican legislators should stop wasting taxpayer dollars on nonsensical right-to-work legislation and constitutional amendments that continuously fail to make it to the floor for a vote. Instead, they should focus on lifting the wages and benefits of Ohio workers.
Contact your legislators and urge them to protect Ohio’s working class and to defend its labor unions.
BRIAN J. PEARSON
Girard Firefighters Local 1220