Strickland Highlights Support for Working Families at AFL-CIO ‘Young Worker Town Hall’

Strickland joined AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler in Cleveland to discuss Ohio Families First proposals to restore economic fairness  

CLEVELAND -- Today, Ted Strickland joined National AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler in Cleveland to hold a “Young Worker Town Hall” discussion on issues important to Ohio’s working families during the 2016 campaign.

During the event, Strickland highlighted his Ohio Families First proposals to restore economic fairness for the middle class, crack down on unfair trade deals, and rebuild America’s infrastructure and create more good paying jobs for Ohioans through the creation of a national infrastructure bank.

“While Senator Portman is looking out for the interests of his rich and powerful friends in Washington, I’m running to fight for Ohioans who actually work for a living because that’s where I come from, that’s who I care about and that’s who I’ll always put first,” said Ted Strickland. “For young workers especially, the stakes in this election couldn’t be higher and the contrast between Senator Portman and myself couldn’t be more clear: I want to cut taxes on the middle class, make sure workers get the fair pay they deserve, make a big investment in rebuilding America to help create jobs, and continue cracking down on unfair trade deals that have devastated our economy. Senator Portman voted against raising the minimum wage, voted to strip overtime pay away from millions of Americans, and he has an unabashed, decades-long record of supporting job-killing trade policies that have cost Ohio over 300,000 jobs. This is the most significant election of our lifetimes -- the Presidency, the Supreme Court and the Senate are all hanging in the balance and the future of Ohio’s working families depends on the outcome.”

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.

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