Strickland Addresses Ohio AFL-CIO Biennial Conference to Discuss How He’ll Fight for Working Families in the Senate

CLEVELAND -- Today, Ted Strickland joined National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to address the Ohio AFL-CIO Biennial Conference in Cleveland and highlight how he’ll fight for Ohio’s working people in the U.S. Senate.

At the event, Strickland discussed his Ohio Families First plans, including: his proposal to bring economic fairness for the middle class by supporting a tax cut for working families, a minimum wage increase, overtime pay protections and equal pay for women; his proposal to crack down on unfair trade deals; and his support for a national infrastructure bank to help rebuild America and create more good paying jobs.

In contrast, Senator Portman has supported a national ‘Right to Work’ law that would devastate Ohio’s unions, voted against raising the minimum wage and against equal pay for equal work, voted to strip overtime pay away from 6 million workers and championed job-killing trade deals that have cost Ohio over 300,000 jobs to places like China and Mexico. 

“While Senator Portman consistently pushes the agenda of the rich and the powerful at the expense of Ohio’s working families, I’m running for the Senate to fight for Ohioans who actually work for a living because that’s where I came from, that’s who I care about and that’s who I’ll always put first,” said Ted Strickland. “Whether Senator Portman was championing unfair trade deals that cost Ohio over 300,000 jobs to places like China and Mexico, opposing a raise to the minimum wage and equal pay for women, or voting to strip overtime pay away from 6 million workers, Senator Portman has proven time and again that he’s doing what’s best for his wealthy and well-connected friends, while working people pay the price. This election may be the most important in our lifetimes, and we have to fight our hardest until the polls close on November 8th to make sure that Ohio elects true champions for working people up and down the ballot.”

During this campaign, Strickland has earned the support of the following unions: The Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters; The United Auto Workers; The AFL-CIO; SEIU; The United Steelworkers; The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE); The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU); The Ohio State Council of Machinists; The Ohio Education Association; The Transport Workers Union, Ohio-Michigan State Conference; The Tri County Regional Labor Council; The Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6; The Communications Workers of America District 4; UFCW; Teamsters Local 20; The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 66; American Postal Workers Union; Utility Workers Union of America; Laborers’ International Union of North America; Amalgamated Transit Union; United Transportation Union; Sheet Metal Workers; Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union; National Association of Postal Supervisors; International Longshoremen's Association; National Association of Letter Carriers; Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers; Transport Workers Union; Glass Molders, Pottery, Plastics, and Allied Workers International Union; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; International Longshore and Warehouse Union; UNITE HERE; International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees; International Association Heat Frost Insulation and Asbestos Workers; International Association of Ironworkers ; American Federation of Teachers; The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada (UA); International Longshoremen's Association; National Treasury Employees Union; Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters.

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