We heard rumors that Ohio’s GOP legislators were told to hold off on pushing so-called “right-to-work” legislation until after the 2014 election to keep Kasich from having to take a stance on the issue.  In a recent interview with the Delaware Gazette, State Rep Andrew Brenner admits the rumors were true.

When asked about Ohio Work­place Free­dom, Bren­ner said, “I’m co-sponsor on three bills, and I’m told I’m on a wanted poster in one of the union halls. There’s right-to-work for private, public and a resolution to put it on the ballot. I don’t think any of them are going anywhere. We were told not to even bring them up, because next year is an election year for the governor. This may come up if he’s re-elected. If he’s not re-elected, it won’t come up because we won’t get it through Ed FitzGerald.”

So as Kasich tries to present himself as a moderate taking on the extremists in his party – like “a thin Chris Christie” as GOP Lobbyist Neil Clark recently described him – remember that Kasich and Ohio’s Republicans have NOT given up on their anti-worker, SB5 agenda.   They are simply waiting until after the 2014 election to force it all through.

 

 

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  • dman

    I hope every time Kasich is in front of a mike someone asks him about “right to work”.

  • jr6020

    Exactly, and we need to drive this point home to all labor and pro labor forces in the state…Brenner’s comments need to be spotlighted in ads right now to wake up the masses…JK is a liar and no friend of the working men and women of Ohio…

  • Retrofuturistic

    If Brenner had to go and get a real job, he wouldn’t know what to do….

  • missskeptic

    Andy Brenner on a wanted poster? Only in his teabagger dreams!

  • Charlotte Joseph

    Actually — he may be on a wanted poster . . . wanted by the IRS for failure to remit taxes withheld from employees.

  • Charlotte Joseph

    Delighted to see that this twit does what he’s told. Now if his constituents could just get the same accommodation . . .

  • Mark Schrider

    Given Kasich’s record on women’s healthcare and his penchant for throwing Ohio’s middle class under the bus, I think the state GOP is being overly optimistic.

  • Brian T. Higgins

    Oh yes, State Representative Brenner…wasn’t he the one who was concerned that public workers pay needed to be closer to what was earned in the private sector, as in “public sector pay needs to brought to parody with the private sector?” Or words to that effect.

  • Ramona Hauenstein

    This has been made pretty clear in labor circles. Kasich is just waiting to get reelected to push all this bs through. If we don’t wake people up, we are all going to be in for a world of hurt.

  • Katietoo

    He has shown his contempt for voters by circumventing the failure of SB5 and sticking it to teachers anyway. Teachers in Ohio now have no tenure and zero control over the evaluation process. Individual district contracts can be thrown out the window since King Kasich and the GOP are going to take away your rights anyway. Watch out – who is next? They do not value workers!

  • dmoore2222

    This chump has made so many enemies it probably wouldn’t make any difference if they trotted out right to work before the election. Women, gays, cops, firemen, teachers, public workers in general, and minorities all can’t wait to flush twice on election day. So if republicans think it’s just right to work that’s problematic for them then they suffer from the same delisional thinking that said Romney was well ahead of Obama on election night.

  • dmoore2222

    This chump has made so many enemies it probably wouldn’t make any difference if they trotted out right to work before the election. Women, gays, cops, firemen, teachers, public workers in general, and minorities all can’t wait to flush twice on election day. So if republicans think it’s just right to work that’s problematic for them then they suffer from the same delisional thinking that said Romney was well ahead of Obama on election night.

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