Who says there’s no free lunch?

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), an anti-union Construction-industry lobbying organization, has announced they are hosting a free luncheon for legislators – but only those who voted for Senate Bill 5.

Thanks for screwing the unions for us, have another mushroom crostini!

Kasich promised to keep the snouts of special interests out of the government trough, but he never said anything about special interest troughs and government snouts.

 
  • Annekarima

    I thought it was unethical for legislator to accept “free” lunch.

  • Should we e-mail our disdain to Mr. Williams??

  • Annekarima

    I am just shaking my head. Did someone really do something this foolish saying here we are at this time? Or is it a decoy?

  • Maggi

    nothing to hide – ethical people don’t need to conduct business or associate behind closed does

  • IlikeSB5

    Nice reading comprehension skills Joseph:

    “hosting a free luncheon for legislators – but only those who voted for Senate Bill 5” when clearly the invitation says “All legislators are welcome. Special recognition will be given to those who sponsored…”

  • Walbridge Rocks

    The pigs will eat.

  • Guest

    IBEW needs to be cordially “invited” to the luncheon.

  • Jen

    The opportunity to snag a government contract, void of pesky union regulations and protection, has the ABC giddy with anticipation.

  • It’s abc.org and it does exist. abcofohio.org is registered to Clay Davis – Skilled Trades – 1275 Kinnear Rd. Columbus – 1.6143401699 – clayd@skilledtrades.biz

    If you go to their website you will find the guy listed in the flyer under staff for Central Ohio:

    Williams, Bryan – Ohio Director of Govt. Affairs – (614) 529-4300 – bwilliams@abcofohio.org

    Maybe at least do a cursory search before slamming someone?

    You can have a URL that hosts email only or vice versa.

  • If it’s truly an “open house” then anyone should be able to attend right? If it’s just for elected officials then wouldn’t that be an illegal perk?

  • Anonymous

    ha! nope. you just have to report it to the Ethics Commission if it’s worth over $75. that’s what tripped up Governor Taft.

    For the record, Governor Strickland prohibited his staff from taking anything worth more than $20, but, unsurprisingly, Kasich let that Executive Order expire.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    really ? I was thinking Kasich has one also — almost word for word the one Strickland had.
    they did change a few things — its a ethics issue
    I kinda thought this site had published the document –but I dont remember the date………… maybe the plunder guys will reprint it for us

  • Annekarima

    Strickland is a good man and was a good governor who has respect for the people.

  • Jen

    A level playing field would mean that union and non-union workers alike would be granted the same job safety standards and compensation. My father was a commercial roofer and construction worker for 38 years. The only time he was treated like a full-fledged union worker, complete with equal pay and proper safety precautions, was when his employer had to follow union guidelines to bid on a contract. When nobody looked over his boss’s shoulder to ensure fair labor practices, his pay instantly went down and staffing/safety standards dropped.

    Additionally, a level playing field would mean that all contractors could bid on a job – not just the non-union outfits, which is what our legislation is proposing.

  • Annekarima

    One more thing wrong with that flyer. Address to the the athletic club with a crystal room is 136 E. Broad. I would say you have been sent a decoy or been had. Surely no one is so naive as to expose a venue and legislator as this could expose them.

  • The address is definitely incorrect. Did someone check with the Columbus Athletic Club to verify this event?

  • buckeyekelly

    Maggi, please point to the studies, economic and otherwise, that have shown it is due to unions and unions only that have “artificially driven up prices” and “killed competition.”

  • Annekarima

    Ok Folks, I hate to do this and do not know if anyone will see this now – however –
    it appears this site has been duped. Joseph, no, you apparently did not fact check the flyer, sorry.
    Address to the Columbus Athletic Club is 888 East Dublin Granville Rd., Address to the Athletic Club of Columbus which is what the ad says is 136 E. Broad St. That is not the address on the ad in the article.

  • Annekarima

    Ok Folks, I hate to do this and do not know if anyone will see this now – however –
    it appears this site has been duped. Joseph, no, you apparently did not fact check the flyer, sorry.
    Address to the Columbus Athletic Club is 888 East Dublin Granville Rd., Address to the Athletic Club of Columbus which is what the ad says is 136 E. Broad St. That is not the address on the ad in the article.

  • Goblue02

    The invite spells out very clearly the purpose and intent. The luncheon is specifically to “salute the legislative supporters of …..SB5”. And oh by the way, we will cover our ass and make sure that we say “all legislators welcome.”

    You all know exactly what happened here…..

  • Guest

    Ummm…. go HERE http://www.accolumbus.com/ACOC/directions.aspx and scroll to the bottom of the page. Address is 136 E. Broad Street – it’s there plain as day.

  • Guest

    Ummm…. go HERE http://www.accolumbus.com/ACOC/directions.aspx and scroll to the bottom of the page. Address is 136 E. Broad Street – it’s there plain as day.

  • stryx

    Conference Agenda
    -Legislative update by Senate President Tom Niehaus.
    – David Denholm – Nationally known academic who will outline the declining support for prevailing wage across the country.
    -Luncheon open house with members of the Ohio Legislature.
    -Dave Yost, Auditor of State will speak about the financial condition of the state.
    -Update from bill sponsors HB 102 (Ron Young) and SB 89 (Kris Jordan) – these bills prohibit state funding of projects with union-only PLAs.
    -Governor John Kasich – invited guest.

    http://www.centralohioabc.org/

  • Annekarima

    Yep. It is up on site now. However, the venue is still wrong. Whoever put up the flyer needs to check the difference between the two clubs. It does not look good when names are not correct.

  • When you get the photos, please let us know if any of those who voted “NAY” were among the attendees.

  • Espurs2004

    Its illegal for state employees to receive gifts!! Isnt it the same for legislatures? Oh wait, they make the big bucks. I forgot that our legislatures need to save their money so a free lunch would help them! Oh dang i am wrong again they didnt take paycuts, they HAVE received regular wage increases while state employees have not seen a wage increase in five years

  • Espurs2004

    Its illegal for state employees to receive gifts!! Isnt it the same for legislatures? Oh wait, they make the big bucks. I forgot that our legislatures need to save their money so a free lunch would help them! Oh dang i am wrong again they didnt take paycuts, they HAVE received regular wage increases while state employees have not seen a wage increase in five years

  • Anonymous

    People are allowed not to spend the money at companies they disagree with, Maggie. Freedom just ain’t for you Tea Party folks.

  • Anonymous

    Except, if you read the comments, you’ll see that someone claims to have attended the event. Is it really that hard to believe the flier contains a misprint?

    What’s with the conspiracy theories all of the sudden? This event occured, folks. We know it did.

  • Anonymous

    So they made a typo in the their flier that means we made up the story? Serious, Anne, I think you owe us an apology. You wrote multiple comments suggesting that we were “duped” and that this flier was a phony. Then someone produces a weblink to an affiliate organization and you write YET ANOTHER comment disparenger us for putting up the flier and not the organization that issued it?

    What’s your deal?

  • Anonymous

    ABC of Ohio exists. I know because I used to get invites at the legislative office I used to work at. Also, they endorsed Kasich during the campaign.

    Maybe before you insult our “standards” you make sure we got the story wrong, first.

  • Anonymous

    It was illegal to accept gifts during the Strickland tenure. Kasich changed all that.

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  • Gmild

    Yea, can you believe it? What idiots would do something like that?

    http://www.centralohioabc.org/controls/events_calendarpopup.aspx?eventid=70504&date=04/06/11

  • Truthseeker

    Who would want to be caught in public with this bunch of “SCABS”??  Especially “SCAB KASUCK”. 

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