Empower Unions to Protect Workers
I believe that all hard-working Ohioans have a right to the American Dream...
...and that reliable and steady employment is necessary to achieve that dream. I will defend the rights of workers in Ohio and all across the nation. As a former president and long time executive board member of the Oberlin Ohio Education Association, I have a long history of fighting for the rights of those teaching our children. Corporations have always had the right to a profit, but they should not have the right to exploit American workers. In Congress, I will fight for fair wages and stronger protections for unions, and against the big money interests.
When I was president of my teacher’s union, I saw first hand the harm of right-to-work laws. These laws are deceptive; they don’t entitle a citizen to a job. Instead, they undermine the legitimacy of unions in workplaces. These laws reduce unions' collective bargaining rights, which ultimately lead to lower wages and worse working conditions.
I support the card check policy of signing up for unions. This is a good alternative to secret ballot elections: and it takes coercive power out of employers' hands. For too long, corporations could threaten employees and force them to reject unions by running stern anti-union campaigns. A card check allows for people to sign up for a union without any campaigning - and more importantly, without fear of retribution. This is an essential part of ensuring that workers around Ohio have the ability to stand up for themselves and earn a decent living. Fair union elections are an important step in handing the power back to the people.