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Call to defend against Right-to-Work law in Ohio

The following is a message from Tim Price, BLET Ohio State Legislative Board Chairman concerning Right-to-Work legislation in Ohio:

Dear Ohio BLET Members:

URGENT ACTION IS REQUIRED FROM ALL BLET MEMBERS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND WORKING CLASS AMERICANS LIVING IN OHIO.

Every BLET member in the State of Ohio and their family members are urged to immediately contact their State Representative regarding House Bill 53. HB 53 is a divisive piece of legislation that would force Ohio’s public sector employees into a right-to-work situation, despite the fact that Ohio residents overwhelmingly opposed similar legislation by referendum vote in 2011.

Please call your State Representative, tell them you are a constituent and politely ask them to vote “NO” on HB 53. You may not actually talk with the legislator directly so please be respectful to their staff member when talking with them. If they should ask why you are against this bill you can use the following points:

1. Right to work bills like HB 53 are big government interfering with public sector unions. The public sector should be able to make agreements with their employees that best suit their business model. This legislation restricts that ability so I am opposed to it.

2. Workers in so called Right-to-Work states have lower wages, higher poverty, less access to health care and poorer education for their children. I want us to raise our standards not lower them.

You may locate your legislator here.

You can also call your representative at: (800) 282-0253. Calling hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and please give the operator your zip code.

Thank you for your involvement — it is much needed and appreciated.

Fraternally,

Tim Price
BLET Ohio State Legislative Board Chairman

National President Pierce thanked Chairman Price for taking the lead on this important issue and called for all BLET Members and all Rail Conference members to mobilize on this important issue.

A copy of HB 53 can be viewed here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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