This so-called “Right to Work” legislation is not what it seems – it’s wrong for workers and bad for the middle class. The name sounds great, but it’s completely misleading. The law already protects your freedom to find a job, and choose for yourself whether to join a union. So-called “Right to Work” will reduce individual freedom and take away the rights that unions have fought for.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) have introduced legislation which addresses many of the problems currently facing the U.S. Postal Service. Most importantly, the bills introduced in both the House and the Senate would provide significant financial relief to the Postal Service by ending the unfair, unnecessary and unprecendented requirement that it pre-fund a large share of the costs of retiree health benefits in a 10-year period.
Our democracy is made stronger when everyone participates and our elected leaders are held accountable -- tell our Ohio House of Representatives that you believe our Constitutional right to a referendum and initiative shouldn't be limited.
Send an email to your Representative and the House Policy & Legislative Oversight Committee now to tell them you oppose this limit on your Constitutional rights.
In 2011, extreme politicians and Gov. John Kasich bullied through Senate Bill 5, the unfair, unsafe attack on us all that took away the collective bargaining rights of our everyday heroes like firefighters, teachers, nurses and police officers. Later, the same exremists came after us with voter suppression, but our citizen's voice won again!
Together, we fought back and we exercised our citizen’s veto at the ballot box that November when 2.1 million Ohioans said NO to Senate Bill 5 and forced the extremists to actually overturn their own voter suppression bill, House Bill 194
Well the extremists aren’t backing down and rather than work on doing what the people want, creating good jobs and ensuring the 1% pair their fair shaire, they now want to attack your veto power.
This is why organizations like the Ohio AFL-CIO, The Ohio Farm Bureau, Innovation Ohio, trucker associations and countless others are urging Ohio's legislature and Governor John Kasich not to sell our public assets.
You can help by sending a letter to your Ohio State House Representative and Ohio State Senator today!
Starting today, March 26, the Senate will be taking action on the fate of our postal service. Don't let them make our Constitutionally-mandated Postal Service a tool for political ideology. America's postal service is the best in the world, and we have a chance to save it. Urge your Senator to oppose S. 1789 in its current form or call 1.888.863.6103 to be connected automatically to your Senators’ offices and ask them to oppose S. 1789.
We are encouraging everyone to click here to send a letter to their current Representative, Senator and Governor John Kasich asking them point blank where they stand on Right To Work (For Less). We will be compiling a list of where each incumbent stands on this issue and for those that choose to take a pass, we will be producing a Chicken list for them. After all, each politician should know the issue well enough to know which side they will vote.
Postal reform is a hot topic in Congress as the Senate prepares to vote on the 21st Century Postal Service Act, and APWU President Cliff Guffey and NALC President Fredric V. Rolando are urging the 99% to contact their senators and let them know: Senate bill 1789 is unacceptable in its current form.Take action NOW to help protect keep rural post offices and urban distribution centers open.
A new law, House Bill (HB)-194, will make it more difficult for our community to vote. In 2008, more than 1.7 million Ohioans voted early before Election Day - in person or by mail.
HB-194 would shorten the early and absentee voting period and open polling places later thus shortening voting hours. It also eliminates Sunday voting. In our community, this law will mean making difficult choices between casting our ballots or having to put it off to got to work, pick up the kids, or get to class. We’ve worked too hard to secure our rights--we have to fight back to keep them.
By signing this petition, you can help show these politicians that you agree every vote is important and we should find ways to make voting easier for Ohioans, not more difficult.
Congressman Stephen Lynch has introduced H.R. 1351, the United States Postal Service Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011.If passed, H.R. 1351 would direct the OPM to use a fair methodology to recalculate the Postal Service’s overpayment into CSRS and give the OPM 15 days to transfer the money to the PSRHBF.H.R. 1351 would be the first step towards returning the Postal Service to long-term financial viability. This bill is similar to the one Rep. Lynch introduced in the 111th Congress. Take action NOW to help protect the pensions of Postal Employees.
The budget that Gov. Kasich and his political allies in the Ohio State House passed not only guts funding for our schools, fire stations, libraries and other services, hands over public facilities to for-profit corporations and slashes health care for seniors and low-income Ohioans, it also has one of the most extreme attacks in the country against construction and building trades workers.
The budget approved by the House and supported by Gov. Kasich would raise the threshold of prevailing wage to $3.5 million, effectively ending this proven tool to create good jobs, keep our communities strong and ensure quality, cost-efficiency and timeliness of public construction projects. There is still time for the Senate to pull this language from the budget to allow the issue to be debated outside of the budget process.
Take action below now by filling in your zip code and sending a letter to your senator to ask him/her to oppose this harmful, anti-working family bill.
In the face of strong opposition from Ohio’s middle class, the Ohio State Senate passed Senate Bill 5 – a bill that attacks hard-working teachers, firefighters, nurses, police officers and other public service workers in the hopes of ending labor unions in Ohio – by a one vote margin.
Sadly, Gov. Kasich and Senators who supported Senate Bill 5 would rather push a partisan agenda to hurt the middle class than focus on creating good jobs for the hundreds of thousands of jobless Ohioans.
TAKE ACTION BELOW. Tell your Ohio State Representative you want them to vote no on Senate Bill 5 and to focus on creating jobs, not attacking the middle class.
Sadly, some Ohio lawmakers would rather push a partisan agenda to hurt working families and destroy unions than focus on creating good jobs for the hundreds of thousands of jobless Ohioans.
One example of this is Senate Bill 5, a proposal to revise Ohio’s collective bargaining law and take away the voice on the job for hard-working teachers, firefighters, nurses, and other public service workers.
The State Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee will hold another hearing on SB 5 Tuesday. Take action below to tell your State Senator to oppose this misguided legislation.
Council members in Middletown, Ohio will present a resolution Tuesday that would put the services our communities receive at risk and repeal workers’ rights in the state. Don’t let this anti-community, anti-worker Resolution pass.
The resolution calls on the Ohio General Assembly to reconsider Ohio’s public employee collective bargaining law. Since it’s passage in 1984, the collective bargaining law has helped to create greater consistency and stability in the relationship between labor and management. This shared approach to public work has led to better planning, greater productivity, improved delivery of services and made workers and employers mutually invested in outcomes that are accountable and transparent to taxpayers and the community at large.
The law also provides workers with a vehicle for dispute resolution, which has dramatically cut down on work stoppages in Ohio and keeps vital emergency services running even during times of tough worker-employer disputes. It also has given public workers – who were exempt from Federal collective bargaining laws passed in 1935 that only covered private sector workers – a voice on the job and legal rights in negotiating contracts with public employers.
Take action now by filling out the information below to send an email to Middletown Mayor Larry Mulligan asking him to oppose this resolution and keep our communities safe and protect the rights of public service workers.
After you send your email to Mayor Mulligan, make plans to join labor and community activists for the first reading of the Resolution at Tuesday’s Middletown City Council meeting at 5:30PM at 1 Donham Plaza Middletown, Ohio.