The non-partisan, citizen-driven, grassroots organization We Are Ohio on Tuesday condemned a package of anti-worker proposals from state Reps. John Becker (R-Union Township) and Craig Riedel (R-Defiance), known as the “Dirty Half Dozen.”

Becker outlined his plan in a co-sponsor letter at the end of 2017, describing six constitutional amendments that he would like to put in front of Ohio voters. The amendments read like a wish list for the anti-union crowd:

  • implement so-called “right-to-work” laws for the private and public sector
  • repeal prevailing wage laws
  • prohibit government employers from withholding union dues
  • prohibit unions from spending on political activities
  • prohibit contracts that require union labor
  • require annual public-sector union re-certification.

Following a press conference in Columbus where Reps. Becker and Riedel said they anticipate the package of proposals to be on the ballot in Ohio in 2020, We Are Ohio spokesperson Dennis Willard issued the following statement on behalf of the organization:

“Right to Work is wrong for Ohio, wrong for working families and wrong for all of us.

“In states where they’ve passed these anti-worker proposals, these are the facts: workers earn less and they are maimed and killed on the job at alarmingly higher rates because they have lost their rights to speak out.

“Reps. Riedel and Becker are carrying water for out-of-state interests like the Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council. There are no workers lining up behind these dangerous, divisive and disastrous ideas for Ohioans. Right to Work is wrong for Ohio. Don’t trust it.”

We Are Ohio formed in 2011 and led the effort to veto Senate Bill 5 by a 62-38 percent margin later that year. We Are Ohio is a citizen-driven, community-based, bipartisan coalition that advocates for working Ohioans.

 

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