Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Teamsters back Portman over Strickland in US Senate race

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins and Julie Carr Smyth     
Republican Rob Portman won the backing of the Teamsters labor union Monday over rival Ted Strickland in Ohio's closely watched U.S. Senate race. The announcement by the 50,000-member Ohio Conference of Teamsters was an important campaign endorsement for Portman and a political blow to Strickland. The Democrat is a former governor and congressman whose strong relationships with labor have helped him win elections.  Pat Darrow, the Teamsters' Ohio conference president, said the union looked forward to supporting Portman.  "When it comes to hardworking Ohio families, Rob Portman has our back. Rob is fighting for middle-class jobs and higher wages for the people of Ohio, and he has fought with us to protect our pensions," Darrow said.....To Read More....

My Take - Ouch!!!!!  This must really sting.  When Kasich's administration got Senate Bill 5 passed  to limit collective bargaining for public employees in the state, and prevent unions from charging fair share dues to employees who opt out.....Strickland supported the unions.  He even protested with them at the State House.  I was in Columbus on one of those days.....at the state house...it was ugly, and scary, and one of our group was spit on.  And Strickland was there.  Ouch!!!!!  This must really hurt!!!!

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