Wisconsin moving towards Right-To-Work, Ohio getting left behind

scott-walker-rnc-reutersWisconsin is about to become the country’s 25th state where workers are not forced to join or pay a labor union as a condition of being hired.

Today, the Wisconsin Senate passed the Right-To-Work bill. Union bosses and their minions were on hand to put forth their usual intelligent commentary.

The session started in the early afternoon with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) saying he was advancing the measure to provide “true workplace freedom.” Almost immediately, ironworker Randy Bryce shouted him down from the balcony above.

“This is an attack on democracy,” said Bryce, who made an unsuccessful run for the Senate last year.

Right. Because nothing says democracy like coercing workers by law to pay a labor union.

It will now be sent to the Assembly, where it is expected to pass easily. Governor Scott Walker has promised to sign the bill.

Wisconsin will join two other midwestern states to enact workplace freedom in the last three years. Michigan and Indiana, neighbors of Ohio, have also enacted RTW legislation. West Virginia, another Ohio border state, is also considering a RTW bill.

This will put Ohio at a disadvantage with its midwestern neighbors when it comes to retaining and attracting companies to Ohio.

With Republican super-majorities in the Ohio House and Senate, and a Republican governor who just won a landslide reelection, there is no better time than now for Ohio to join other states and release its citizens from being forced to join a labor union against their will.

Unfortunately, however, we’ve heard little to no commitment from Ohio’s Republican leaders on the issue.

The Republican governor of Ohio, John Kasich, is attracting criticism for breaking with party lines to oppose right-to-work policies.

Kasich came out last week to say right-to-work laws are not necessary for attracting businesses despite many other Republicans arguing they will. The policy, which has passed in 24 states, outlaws forced union dues as a condition of employment.

“No, we don’t see that in our state, I don’t have any evidence of it,” Kasich said, according to the West Virginia Gazette. “Now, if we have major unrest I think it causes a problem, but without major labor unrest, we’re up 300,000, almost 300,000 jobs and I don’t find that to be a big issue in our state.”

In Ohio, legislators do face the burden of a possible challenge to newly signed bills. If enough signatures are collected in a given amount of time after a bill is signed, the law is put on the statewide ballot as a referendum.

However, public polls have shown public support for workplace freedom. The results depend on how the question is asked, but Gallup has found widespread national approval.


Quinnipiac also found that Buckeye voters approve of RTW by a margin of 54-40.

Granted, the Ohio General Assembly has its hands full right now working on the budget for the next two years, which must be passed by July 1st.

But once that task is finished, bringing workplace freedom to Ohioans should be taken up for consideration, if lawmakers are serious about improving Ohio’s economy.

Americans for Prosperity Ohio agrees. Deputy State Director Baylor Myers told us,

AFP Ohio strongly supports Right to Work as a measure to make our state more regionally competitive for private enterprises beleaguered by compulsory union contributions. We believe workers deserve a choice in how and where their hard earned money is spent. It is troubling that many Ohioans are forced to pay into unions that are increasingly advocating for policies not in their best interests. We hope the legislature will follow Wisconsin’s lead and enact this freedom of choice measure, which is codified in Michigan, Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona.

It’s time to end coerced unionization in Ohio.

Author: Nick

I was born and raised in Ohio. After growing up in the Columbus area, I moved to Cleveland to study at Case Western Reserve University, and have lived in Northeast Ohio ever since. I live in Wellington with my wife and son. I work in the private sector and have never worked in the political field.

4 thoughts on “Wisconsin moving towards Right-To-Work, Ohio getting left behind”

  1. They’re still sore from the drubbing that they took on SB5. Walker played it right in excluding (for now) firefighters and policemen from his plan since that severely impaired the marketing of his opponents. Kasich and company were financially correct, but politically wrong, alas.

    1. It’s not like about a thousand people didn’t warn them in every way possible that doing it that way would not work out. If you put your neck on the block someone WILL chop it off.

      Kasich and Jones were not just politically wrong they were arrogant and politically incompetent — IMO. A lot of people worked hard to elect John Kasich in 2010 and we had a right to expect more.

      In 2014, John Kasich was given a freebiewith the Redfern-Fitzgerald fiasco now would be a good time to pay the voters back.

      But of course that won’t happen because His Governorship is working on his next gig — being VP on another most likely,, hapless GOP national ticket. And it brings me no joy to say that either.

  2. Search the Beck exemption – with this exemption you pay forced union dues, but not for their union parties, and political campaign monies. Unions are by law required to allow you to opt out of supporting their superfluous expenses.

  3. Read it and weep conservatives.

    We have republican majorities in the Ohio House and Senate and a republican Governor (term limited). The Governor has nothing to lose so now we can see his true colors –right?

    Add to that, as Nick pointed out above, the VOTERS SUPPORT right-to-work. This should be like shooting fish in a barrel?

    If there is any issue that points out how utterly useless and inconsequential the GOP has become I can’t think if it right now.

    Can anyone tell me why electing republicans to public office isn’t a complete exercise in futility? Seriously, it’s pointless. They seem to stand for nothing beyond being elected.

    Still worse is the GOP at the federal level.

    Last week, former Jim DeMint (SC) asked in his editorial — after Boehner and McConnell folded like cheap suits on Obama’s executive amnesty — if the GOP won’t fight on this issue when WILL they fight?

    Four of Ohio’s 16 republican congresspersons, including Speaker Boehner, voted for the “clean” Homeland Security budget that funds EXECUTIVE ANMESTY.

    Earlier, in December, the republican House waved the white flag and passed a budget funding Obamacare for all of fiscal 2015. The democrats in the Senate and Obama happily agreed. For this we can thank Speaker Boehner’s leadership skills. Did the 2014 republican campaign promise “we will defund Obamacare” mean ANYTHING? Anyone?

    Honest question. Are republicans in public office just dumb (i.e., being out witted?), are they cowardly (i.e., can’t stand up to fight) or are they really just deceivers & traitors (i.e., conservatives in name only) who will not walk the talk? I honestly do not know at this point.

    Is it unreasonable to ask if push comes to shove do Speaker John Boehner (OH-8th), Governor John Kasich, Leader Mitch McConnell, Hon. Mike Turner (OH-10th), Hon. Pat Tiberi (OH-12th), and Hon. Steve Stivers (OH-15th) really support conservative causes like say, the Constitution and separation of powers, or do they just think it kind of sounds like what you and I would like to hear?

    Remember the 2014 election? Remember how no matter what state conservative republicans were in they sent money to help elect Cory Gardner (CO) and Mike Rounds (SD) to the US Senate? Guess what? Both of them voted for executive amnesty too!

    You simply do not get any return on investment voting GOP do you?

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