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While Kasich warned of union expansion should the measure be repealed, he also said he didn’t think Ohio "needed to go in that direction" when asked if it should become a right-to-work-state.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