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Powell, OH

#454 Mar 20, 2013
This is unfortunate. They are both inneffective and non-representative and should be banished from public office
Currious voter

Delaware, OH

#455 May 6, 2013
We know where State Representatives Brenner and Ruhl stand. Where does State Senator Jordan stand on this new legislation?

Brenner co-sponsors right-to-work proposal


Just two years after the defeat of Sen­ate Bill 5 in a statewide ref­er­en­dum, Repub­li­cans have intro­duced new leg­is­la­tion at the state level that union mem­bers fear could fur­ther decrease the ranks and polit­i­cal power of orga­nized labor.Three sep­a­rate pieces of right-to-work leg­is­la­tion have been intro­duced into the Ohio Gen­eral Assem­bly. One would allow Ohio vot­ers to decide on the issue through ref­er­en­dum. The other two would pre­vent manda­tory union mem­ber­ship in the pri­vate and pub­lic sectors.State Rep. Andrew Bren­ner (R-Powell) has signed on as a co-sponsor to the lat­ter two bills.“I think worker have a right to choose whether or not they want to be in a union,” he said.“This is actu­ally adding rights, not tak­ing rights away.”If Ohio were to become the 25th right-to-work state in the nation, it would become ille­gal for union­ized work­places to force employ­ees to pay union dues as a con­di­tion of employment.“If the union does their job and they ben­e­fit employ­ees, then peo­ple are going to want to be part of the union,” Bren­ner said.Mar­garet Ruhl (R-Mount Ver­non) sup­ports the idea of right to work, say­ing she fears employ­ees will flock to neigh­bor­ing right-to-work states like Michi­gan and Indiana.She is not eager, how­ever, to see a replay of a bat­tle of the likes of Sen­ate Bill 5, which left sup­port­ers polit­i­cally bloodied.“I don’t feel that we should leg­is­late it. It should be a bal­lot issue,” she said.“After what we went through with Sen­ate Bill 5, to me it only seems log­i­cal that you would send it to the people.”Union mem­bers, how­ever, see no logic to the effort. They say the leg­is­la­tion would allow employ­ees to receive the ben­e­fits of col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing with­out pay­ing for the union dues used for rep­re­sen­ta­tion in nego­ti­at­ing ses­sion. Even­tu­ally, they fear, employ­ees would give up their union mem­ber­ship, sap­ping their ranks and polit­i­cal power.“You’ll see guys start­ing to walk away from it think­ing there are no ben­e­fits,” said Cha­laco Clark, pres­i­dent of the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing unit rep­re­sent­ing Lib­erty Township’s fire­fight­ers.“They are try­ing to cut off the stream of money that allows you to negotiate.”Nancy Tal­ley, co-president of the Buck­eye Val­ley Teach­ers Asso­ci­a­tion, said sup­port­ers of the leg­is­la­tion should not for­get all that unions have done for Amer­i­can work­ers over the years, includ­ing lead­ing the push for 40-hour work weeks, paid hol­i­days and lunch breaks.“They for­get all the ben­e­fits unions have brought to peo­ple,” she said.What many GOP lead­ers on the state level have not for­got­ten is the bruis­ing bat­tle two years ago when Sen­ate Bill 5 was repealed by Ohio vot­ers by a mar­gin of 61 per­cent to 39 percent.Sev­eral party lead­ers, includ­ing Gov. John Kasich, have refused to throw their weight behind the legislation.It appears as though none of the three bills will gain any trac­tion in the legislature.“I’m not sur­prised,” Bren­ner said.“I think because of what hap­pened two years ago they are gun shy on everything.”
Well yeah

Columbus, OH

#456 May 6, 2013
Brenner you idiot. Represent the people. Listen to the constituents. There's a novel approach.

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