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Time to mobilize against Ohio Right to Work for Less bill

Ohio Assistant State Legislative Director Ralph Leichliter sent along a notice that the Ohio House of Representatives is going to begin discussions Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Columbus about H.B. 53 — yet another attempt in the Buckeye State to get Right to Work for Less legislation passed.

Leichliter says that this bill aims to destroy union membership among public sector employees.

“We have to get a message out to our representatives ASAP to let them know that their constituents oppose this bill. As labor advocates, it’s important to protect the collective bargaining power of all workers, and to push back against the war on unions,” Leichliter said.

The primary sponsor of this attack on unions is Ohio Rep. John Becker (R – Dist. 65).

To fight back, you can send a message to your state representatives using the following links:

Ohio State Legislative Board

HB 53 – Right to Work Legislation in Ohio

Supporting Becker’s bill are 12 co-sponsors:

  • state Rep. Thomas Brinkman Jr. (R – Dist. 27)
  • state Rep. Kristina Roegner (R – Dist. 37)
  • state Rep. Niraj Antani (R – Dist. 42)
  • state Rep. Derrick Merrin (R – Dist. 47)
  • state Rep. Candice Keller (R – Dist. 53)
  • state Rep. Paul Zeltwanger (R – Dist. 54)
  • state Rep. Bill Dean (R – Dist. 74)
  • state Rep. Ron Hood (R – Dist. 78)
  • state Rep. Craig Riedel (R – Dist. 82)
  • state Rep. A. Nino Vitale (R – Dist. 85)
  • state Rep. Andy Thompson (R- Dist. 95)

Safety over profit: Act now! Urge Ohio Transportation Committee to support 2-person crew bill!

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first step in the process to mandate a minimum of two-person freight train crews in Ohio (H.B. 107) occurred Wednesday, March 29, when the Ohio Transportation & Safety Committee held its first hearing on the bill.

To make H.B. 107 a law in Ohio, we need TD union members, friends, family and anyone who cares about the safety of workers and the safety of our communities to click the link below to send a message to the members of the Ohio Transportation & Safety Committee, urging them to support this vital safety measure.

TAKE ACTION! Take a minute and click here to send a message in support of Ohio H.B. 107. Please share with friends and family to do the same!

TAKE ACTION IN YOUR STATE! Email us news of two-person crew or right-to-work (IS WRONG) legislation in your state to News_TD@smart-union.org.

TAKE ACTION to support H.R. 233, The Safe Freight Act, which would require a minimum of two-person crews on all freight trains operating in the United States. Click here to send a message to your U.S. House and Senate reps. in support of H.R. 233.

TAKE ACTION by calling members of the Ohio Transportation & Safety Committee (phone numbers listed below). Ask your Representatives to support H.B. 107 and thank the sponsors and co-sponsors for their support.

Ohio House Transportation & Safety Committee members (in order by district):

  • *Tom Patton (R – Dist. 7): 614-466-4895
  • *Stephanie Howse (D – Dist. 11): 614-466-1414
  • VC Dave Greenspan (R – Dist. 16): 614-466-0961
  • *Jim Hughes (R – Dist. 24): 614-466-8012
  • Alicia Reece (D – Dist. 33): 614-466-1308
  • Tony DeVitis (R – Dist. 36): 614-466-1790
  • *Mike Sheehy (D – Dist. 46): 614-466-1418
  • *Thomas West (D – Dist. 49): 614-466-8030
  • Candice Keller (R – Dist. 53): 614-644-5094
  • Nathan Manning (R – Dist. 55): 614-644-5076
  • *Michele LaPore-Hagan (D – Dist. 58): 614-466-9435
  • Chairman Doug Green (R – Dist. 66): 614-644-6034
  • Darrell Kick (R – Dist. 70): 614-466-2994
  • Larry Householder (R – Dist. 72): 614-466-2500
  • Terry Johnson (R – Dist. 90): 614-466-2124

*Denotes Sponsor or Co-sponsor of H.B. 107

Ohio members: Visit your Ohio Legislative Action Center

The Ohio State Legislative Board is pleased to announce a great new tool with the recent addition to the www.smart-oslb.com website:

Ohio Legislative Action Center

This is the first ‘State Specific’ – Legislative Action Center within SMART TD State Legislative Boards.

This is the same tool that you can use to access Congress on the SMART TD News website to:

  • Write Members of Congress in support of a federal issue
  • Call your Members of Congress in support of a federal issue
  • Sign a Petition for a federal issue
  • Write a Letter to the Editor
  • Compose tour Own Message to Congress
  • Find your Elected Officials

With the Ohio Legislative Action Center, you can use all of those tools to weigh in on key issues, understand what our issues are, and where we stand on those Issues. You will have the ability to find your House Representative and State Senator to write and call, and let them know how you feel.

Using the SoftEdge platform – Ohio Legislative Action Center offers our members, retirees and their families a comprehensive grassroots advocacy platform that is easy to use, and has up-to-date information on members of the Ohio Legislature.

Become a grassroots advocate for the Ohio State Legislative Board & the SMART TD by going to www.smart-oslb.com. Click on the heading: Ohio Legislative Action Center

You can then scroll through the issues that concern us:

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HB 583 – Collective Bargaining

Please contact your Representative and tell them not to support HB 583:

To remove any requirement under the Public Employees Collective Bargaining Law that public employees join or pay dues to any employee organization, to prohibit public employers from requiring public employees to join or pay dues to any employee organization, to prohibit an employee organization from being required to represent public employees who are not members of the employee organization, and to make an appropriation.

 

HB 377 – Union Dues

Please contact your Representative and tell them not to support HB 377.

To prohibit any requirement that employees of private employers join or pay dues to any employee organization and to establish civil and criminal penalties against employers who violate that prohibition.

 

SB 229 – Train Crews

Please contact your State Senator to support SB 229 – to require the crews of freight trains to consist of at least two individuals.

This common sense bill is not only for the safety of those freight train crews, but also for the safety of the communities that those trains pass through.

Request that your Senator ask the Chairman of the Commerce & Labor Committee – Bill Seitz to schedule further hearings on this important safety bill.

 

HB 371 – Train Crews

Please contact your State Representative and ask them to support HB 371 – Train Crews: To require the crews of freight trains consist of at least two individuals. This common sense bill is not only for the safety of those freight train crews, but also for the safety of the communities that those trains pass through.

Request that your Representative ask the Chairman of the Commerce & Labor Committee to schedule further hearings on this important safety bill.

 

You may click on the Issue, use the message provided, or compose your own message to send to your State Legislator.

Please provide the following information, and the SoftEdge will address your message to your State Legislator:

      Compose Your Own Message

      Street Address *
      ex: 123 Main St
      Zip *

After you send your message, you may select the Media button, which will select up to 10 newspapers in your area. You can select up to six to send your message as a letter to the editor. The newspapers will usually call you to confirm that you sent the message.

 

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Lastly, please realize that this is a tool that can and will influence your State Legislators and your member of Congress. Legislator’s love to hear from their Constituents. They sometimes make their decisions based on the feedback they receive.