You know how sometimes magazines will do photo shoots of celebrities without makeup just so people know what they are like unfiltered.

Today, we saw what happens when Governor Kasich is lacking most of his key staffers because they’re too busy to working for the Build a Better Ohio campaign, and it ain’t pretty folks:

Speaking to about 250 people at an event hosted by the Harvard Business School Club of Northeast Ohio and the Association for Corporate Growth, Kasich said, "if this bill doesn’t pass, don’t be surprised if you see card check."

The Dispatch had trouble buying this one:

When asked following his speech how a Senate Bill 5 defeat could lead to card check legislation in Ohio, Kasich said, "That might be the next thing; you just don’t know.”

“You get people emboldened, you don’t know what it will lead to," Kasich said. "It’s a legitimate concern. There’s a lot of things that could come. I’m not saying they will, but people who get emboldened, they do more aggressive things.

"These people who are in business, they live in fear of these kinds of things."

When not threatening mass layoffs of public employees (which, thanks to Kasich’s budget is unavoidable regardless of what happens with Issue 2), Kasich now is warning businesses that he might have poked a dormant giant called the labor movement.  So, he’s telling the business community to save him… from essentially himself.

So, naturally, when Kasich talks about how a defeat for Issue 2 equals private unions getting all uppity, what does it mean if Issue 2 passes?

While Kasich warned of union expansion should the measure be repealed, he also said he didn’t think Ohio "needed to go in that direction" when asked if it should become a right-to-work-state.

The problem for Kasich is that the National Right to Work Committee calls SB 5 a victory for anti-union right to work laws already.

Joseph W. UeckerAnd back in March, House Commerce and Labor Chairman Joe Uecker (R-Loveland) said:

"I and several of my fellow colleagues are in favor of a right-to-work state. Unfortunately, that’s not what this bill does, but it sets the framework for conversations later on."-  House Commerce and Labor Chairman Joe Uecker (R-Loveland)

If Governor Kasich doesn’t believe Ohio should become a right-to-work state, then why does his legislative allies believe that’s the course Issue 2 puts us on?  Why did his budget seek to roll back the rights of construction trade unions regarding prevailing wage and roll back civil service laws?

I think we all know the answer to these questions, right?

  • Kasich says people who get emboldened do more aggressive things, which is exactly why everybody should be concerned about what Kasich will do next if SB5 passes. 

  • Xx

    “Association for Corporate Growth” should be “Association for Growth of Corporate Profits”  they really don’t care about growth that would involve adding jobs.

  • Anonymous

    Is this a new Domino Theory? The Cold War is over and soooo last century.

  • Annekarina

    Just what is all this”Uppity” talk?  Ohio appears to be so rank with it it stinks like a rose garden near  columbus sewers.  Is this some new/old slang?  I thought the civil war was over a long time ago.  And I thought there were penalties for this crap.  Of course that is what I get for thinking…..

  • Anonymous

    These arrogant unions – you give them an inch and the next thing you know, they’ll want food, too!  And it’s not like anyone in Ohio is starving, right?  Oh, wait…

  • Adrienne

    Welcome to being black in America y’all. 

    We the people doesn’t include us, only rich people and people who are melanin-deprived, with y-chromosome, their minions and the people who vote for R’s, ONLY. 

    This is to remind Prince John that he “works” for us not the other way around. R’s don’t work for people only for money. 

  • Anonymous

    There, you fixed it for him.

  • Anonymous

    SB5 and attacking pubic unions was step 1. Step 2 are the private sector unions. But don’t think you’re off the hook, nonunionized private sector workers. This Legislature has introduced a bill to replace overtime with comp time. That’s money out of your pocket. And, hey, let’s not forget, when voters passed a minimum wage increase, that was only in statute, so it would merely take an act of the legislature to reverse it. Same with workers comp — it’s authorized by, but not guaranteed by the Ohio Constitution. It’s war on workers, bought and paid for by the Chambers of Commerce, NFIB, Farm Bureau and CPAs. 

  • Anonymous

    Well, there’s this:

    http://www.policymattersohio.org/SOWO2011.htm

    Greatest wage decline in the country between 2000-2010! Way to go, Ohio!  I am sure Kasich will build on this spectacular record.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, it is incorrect that the minimum wage increase was only a statute. It was a constitutional amendment passed in 2006.

  • Anonymous

    Yep, you’re right. I must have been thinking of the smoking ban. 

    Either way, it’d be hard for them to change, but I certainly don’t think private workers are out of the crosshairs of this General Assembly by any means.

  • Anonymous

    Kasich needs to learn that democracy can be messy. And doesn’t always go the way he planned. 

    And that we’re all working class. Including him.

  • Well, is he wrong? It’s up to us to make sure that he’s right (in general, if not specific terms). After we win in November, we SHOULD be out looking for the next win. 

  • Adrienne

    And the Koch(roach) brothers and ALEC….this is how a republic is turned into a crony corporatocracy. The tools of democracy are used to dismantle democracy and people don’t vote or are misled into voting for the rotten rich.

  • Ann

    “You get people emboldened, you don’t know what it will lead to,” Kasich said.

    Absofreakinlutely. Your arrogance and disregard for anyone outside your financial circle has emboldened the masses, Kasich. May there be a massive revolution that scares the crap out of you. And may it lead to significant improvements.

  • leeseh

    Gee, I thought the problem was we were already uppity (in other words, “union thugs”). 

  • WILLIAM PARSONS

    Is unionism the new Black to demonize?????

  • Ok did he just threaten businesses with taxes and check cards? Really? Is he ready to put it all in place if they don’t back him and SB5? If he is I am going to work doubly hard to get SB5 voted down because I am just fine with this threat. I’m just saying…….

  • Anonymous

    If (as Uecker says) SB5 sets the “framework” for any kind of talks at all, you can count on one thing, they will all be between republicans and a select few of them at that.  Business should be afraid, they should be VERY afraid, because they have been dancing with a skunk (Kasich) and they are going to come out smelling really, REALY badly! 
     
    “Poked a dormant giant”? That’s like tugging on an electric power line or taking a whiz into the wind, and yes, PB readers, John Kasich is doing all three.

  • Anonymous

    If (as Uecker says) SB5 sets the “framework” for any kind of talks at all, you can count on one thing, they will all be between republicans and a select few of them at that.  Business should be afraid, they should be VERY afraid, because they have been dancing with a skunk (Kasich) and they are going to come out smelling really, REALY badly! 
     
    “Poked a dormant giant”? That’s like tugging on an electric power line or taking a whiz into the wind, and yes, PB readers, John Kasich is doing all three.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not often I’m accused of understatement… but it’s noted.

  • Anonymous

    If these threats are carried out, he’d probably become very popular, ironically.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, Modernesquire, perhaps I stray too much from the voice of reason in the wilderness – it is just that the madness of these GOP gyroscopes makes me dizzy.  I’ll try to behave.

  • Anonymous

    We must be running short of naked natives to exploit. Yet when it is
    Corporations that up their profit margins & return on investments that is
    not ’emboldening’.

    If corporations can control a resource, setting its value on the market, why
    do we struggle to envision or accept labor as a collective resource that wants the same
    free market rights? That’s that glorious capitalism I keep hearing being thrown
    at us. Hummm?

  • see he started a fire and now he does not have enough water to put it out so now he is using scary notions to help buy some support  

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