SHEFFIELD TWP. — If Republican politicians in Columbus want to bring right-to-work back to the ballot in Ohio, voters will once again stand up and defeat it, according to Richard Cordray.
Cordray, who is running as a candidate for governor in the Democratic primary in May, and Betty Sutton, who is running for lieutenant governor on the same ticket, spoke at a campaign rally at the Laborers Union Local 758 Hall on Tuesday.
“We know and we see that Republican politicians in Columbus are at it again,” Cordray said. “They are bringing back right-to-work, and they want to put it on the ballot in Ohio. It is the wrong direction in Ohio. It’s been the wrong direction since 1958, when we last put it on the ballot and beat it in the state of Ohio.
“Sixty years later, apparently, we’re going to have to learn this lesson again.”
Right-to-work legislation would prevent unions and employers from entering into agreements. Sutton said it’s just the latest in a several attacks on working people in Ohio.
“This is the man that I stand beside, and together as a team we’re going to go to Columbus and we’re going to break the attacks that they continue year after year upon us,” she said. “Do you remember Senate Bill 5? They thought we would go away. They thought they’d take away our collective bargaining rights with Senate Bill 5. We didn’t go away, and we beat it at the ballot box. We can do it again if we need to.”
Cordray said that if he and Sutton are elected into the Statehouse, workers won’t have to worry about right-to-work.
“We need a strong team, and Betty Sutton and I are that strong team, to fight for working people,” he said. “We know that when working people stand up we get better lives for everyone in our society.”
Cordray, former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and former U.S. Rep. Sutton face six other candidate teams in the May 8 primary election:
- Larry Ealy, of Dayton, and Jeffrey Lynn;
- Cleveland-area venture capitalist Jonathan Heavey and North Olmsted firefighter/paramedic Adam Hudak;
- Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Akron City Councilwoman Tara Samples;
- Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill and Lorain school principal Chantelle Lewis;
- Paul Ray, of Alliance, and Jerry Schroeder;
- State Sen. Joe Schiavoni and State Education Board member Stephanie Dodd.
In the Republican primary, state Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will face Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Nathan Estruth, former CEO of the Procter and Gamble Co. subsidiary Imflux Inc.
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