UAW Local 977

So Called Right To Work

Read the letter from retired member and former President of Local 2147 recently published in the Lima News about the real story behind so-called right to work.  Read more >>>

We Are Ohio stands committed to fighting for worker and voter rights. They think So-Called Right to Work is wrong and so do we. Find out more.


So-called right to work laws are wrong for working and middle class families.  These laws make paying union dues optional - even though unions are required by law to represent all workers under their agreements.  In other words, the laws give people the right to shirk - since all the benefits of a union contract still cover everyone, regardless if they pay dues or not.  As a result, unions will have trouble representing members and negotiating contracts because bargaining power will be lost.

The effort to pass a right to shirk law is currently under way in Ohio.  Recently these laws were passed in Indiana and Michigan.  In Ohio, the same people who wanted to take away our collective bargaing rights with Senate Bill 5 are behind the right to shirk.  It's crucial that we educate ourselves and our co-workers, families, neighbors and friends about the truth behind this deceitful effort.   When was the last time billionaires spent millions of dollars to give more rights and freedom in the workplace?

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The so-called, trick-titled “right to work” is WRONG because it is an unsafe and unfair attack on workers’ rights, good jobs, families and the middle class.

It is unfair because if you work hard and play by the rules, you should be treated with respect and dignity.

Once again, Gov. Kasich, big business corporate barons and wealthy special interest groups are attacking the middle class.

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Columbus - State Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) today voiced his strong opposition to anti-worker legislation that two Republican Representatives have introduced in the Ohio General Assembly.

"I am opposed to the anti-worker legislation that has been introduced in the Ohio House," stated Gentile. “This is a direct attack on workers and their families in the state of Ohio.”

Representatives Ron Maag (R- Lebanon) and Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) have introduced companion bills that aim to strip fair share payments to unions for representation and other benefits. Under current law workers have the right to turn down union membership but are required to make fair-share payments for representation that is provided by the union.

“This legislation would result in lower wages, diminished benefits and unsafe working conditions for all workers,” said Senator Gentile. “The Ohio Legislature should be focused on ways to improve our economy not weaken it.”

In addition to the two so-called "Right to Work" bills that have been introduced, a resolution has also been put forward that would take the measure to the ballot to allow voters to decide. In 2011 voters overwhelmingly rejected SB 5, a bill that would have eliminated collective bargaining for Public Employees.

“We have already had this debate in the state of Ohio and the voters delivered a clear message that they support the rights of workers to bargain for fair wages, good benefits and safe working conditions,” added Senator Gentile. “The legislature should respect the wishes of the people they represent."

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