Strickland: I’ll stand up for Ohio’s working people because that’s where I’m from, Rob Portman is looking out for the rich and the powerful
COLUMBUS, OH –– Today, Ted Strickland addressed the Ohio conference of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers about his economic plans and the difference between his record of fighting for workers and Senator Portman’s history of prioritizing the rich and powerful at the expense of Ohio’s working families.
During the event, Strickland highlighted his Ohio Families First proposals to restoreeconomic fairness for the middle class and crack down on unfair trade deals to create more good paying jobs for Ohioans. The IBEW represents approximately 750,000 active members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government.
“Ohio’s working families help power our economy in so many different and important ways, and those are the folks that I will fight for in the Senate,” said Ted Strickland. “The middle class is feeling squeezed because politicians in Washington like Senator Portman are pushing the interests of the rich and the powerful at the expense of Ohioans who actually work for a living. The difference between Senator Portman and myself on so many issues that matter to the middle class couldn’t be more clear: I’ll continue opposing bad trade deals, I’ll fight to protect retirement security seniors, and I’ll vote to raise the minimum wage and protect overtime pay so workers can start getting the fair pay they deserve and have earned. While Senator Portman is looking out for his wealthy and well-connected friends, I’ll stand up for working people because that’s where I come from, that’s who I care about and that’s who I’ll always put first.”
During his 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.