Statements about Labor

"Just about everyone everywhere is spending more hours on the job, less time with their families, bringing home smaller and smaller paychecks, while they're paying more and more at the gas pump and the grocery stores."

"Ohio companies export more goods and services globally than 41 other states."

 "Three in four low-income workers don’t have any paid sick days available."

Says unemployment in Ohio "is significantly higher than the unemployment rate in states which are not forced union states and it’s always been that way."

"Government employees make 43 percent more in wages and benefits" than private-sector workers.

"They talk about this problem with binding arbitration. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me to have somebody from Los Angeles fly into Zanesville and impose a wage settlement on you ... and then they’re on the plane back to Los Angeles."

"The city of Columbus would save $41 million a year if employees had to contribute to their own, guaranteed-check pensions."

Says the reforms in state Issue 2 "will save taxpayer dollars"

"We just can’t afford to pay 100 percent of government employee benefits."

"Senate Bill 5 makes it harder for nurses to give the patients the quality care they need."

Says that politicians who approved collective bargaining restrictions for public employees "exploited a loophole exempting themselves from Senate Bill 5."

"We have asked public employees to pay 10 percent of the costs of their guaranteed pension and 15 percent of the cost of their health care. ... The leadership of those public employees unions don't want to pay anything."

Toledo Mayor "Mike Bell (once) lost his job as a firefighter because his city ran out of money."

"Issue 2 makes it illegal for us to negotiate for enough firefighters to do the job."

"The Ohio Democratic Party has raised $1.1 million since the November election. A very small percentage of that has come from organized labor."

"Two million federal workers negotiate zippo, zero. There is no collective bargaining for federal employees."

"In Senate Bill 5, there is this new method of evaluating teachers. … You’re also going to be rated on what the parents think of you and they can send questionnaires and surveys home to parents."

"Foreign companies in the United States have a significantly higher unionization rate than other companies overall."

"In this bill that I’ve just signed, we don’t cut anybody’s salary. We don’t take away their pension. And we don’t destroy their health care."

"Many states without collective bargaining, such as Arizona, Nevada and North Carolina, have far larger budget deficits than many that do, including Ohio."

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