#454 Mar 20, 2013
This is unfortunate. They are both inneffective and non-representative and should be banished from public office
#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
DUSTIN ENSINGERStaff Writer
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.”
#456 May 6, 2013
Brenner you idiot. Represent the people. Listen to the constituents. There's a novel approach.
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