A left-wing push for 'working people' in OH

Friday, February 16, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

$15 an hour protesters (new pic) (1)A jobs report in Ohio authored by a two left-wing groups claims to offer a new way forward but dues-paying union members may not agree. 

Claiming that workers are facing threats at the state and national level, Progress Ohio joined Policy Matters Ohio to unveil a new report called A Way Forward: 10 Ways To Support Ohio's Working People.

The liberal groups recommend people oppose right-to-work laws, and advocate for a $15 an hour minimum wage. The groups want paid leave to be mandatory but oppose work requirements for Medicaid and other public assistance programs.

"Although this is by no means a definitive list," states a Policy Matters press release, "this report offers a path forward with practical policy solutions that can be implemented today."

"I think unfortunately a lot of these solutions are doubling down on Ohio policies of the past, which have contributed to our state's economic stagnation," responds Rea Hederman of The Buckeye Institute.

"I think a better solution," he continues, "is basically saying, Look, what can we do to make the state more economically free to help encourage more small businesses to start up, so jobs are created here in Ohio. So people that are born in Ohio, or come here for a college, stay in Ohio and don't leave.'"

Hederman says he supports people if they belong to a labor union but also points out that many union members are unhappy with their leadership who are not addressing their concerns.  

"They're spending their union dues dollars on political advertising instead of working for better benefits for their members," he alleges. "As a consequence, union membership is declining because a lot of people don't see the value in it."

The Buckeye Institute, meanwhile, currently has a campaign called Worker Voting Rights, which Hederman says empowers union members by giving them a right to vote on what type of union they want on a regular basis.

"People vote with their feet," he tells OneNewsNow, "and right now people are leaving Ohio for states that are more free that have more economic opportunity, and have more labor freedom."

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