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Saturday, February 19, 2011

IN 1958 STARK COUNTY'S TIMKEN COMPANY WAS PART OF THE "RIGHT-TO-WORK" FIGHT; WILL TIMKEN WEIGH-IN BEHIND REPUBLICAN JOHN KASICH'S EFFORT TO MAKE OHIO'S PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT "RIGHT-TO-WORK?"


One the most unaddressed aspects of the fight going on in Columbus are the 44 words inserted in Senate Bill 5 which, if adopted, will make Ohio a "Right-to-Work" (RTW) state insofar as public employment is concerned.

It could be that this provision is the opening round in renewed union versus management (proxied in a Democrats versus Republicans context) fight in Ohio over whether or not Ohio is to join 28 other states as a "Right-to-Work" state.  Public employment - the first step?  Then all Ohio employment to follow?

Back in 1958 there was a huge fight between Republicans and Democrats over "Right-to-Work."  A big player for Ohio adopting RTW was none other than Stark County's "Timken Roller Bearing Company."

Timken family members have been stalwart Republican campaign contributors over many decades.  Moreover, they are particularly invested in the gubernatorial reign of Republican John Kasich.

From The Huffington Post archives, here is a list of the many contributions made by Timken family members to the Kasich-Taylor campaign.


On Tuesday, February 22nd, Governor Kasich is the speaker at a Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce event:  "A Night with Ohio's Governor."


Undoubtedly, the Timkens will be there in full force.

But also there will be Stark County's unions.  The Timkens and the Governor's hobnobbers will be on the inside whereas the unionist will be on the outside shouting their protests against Kasich's attempt to take away collective bargaining from public employees and his making Ohio a "Right-to-Work" state as far as public employment is concerned.

Stark's unions are aiming for 1,000 to be on the outside.  Tuesday evening promises to be an interesting evening indeed in downtown Canton, Ohio!



2 comments:

STARK OBSERVATIONS said...

Martin,

So, what's YOUR opinion of Ohio becoming a "Right to Work State?"

Pros, cons?

Or, are you simply trying to stir up some trouble?

Something radical does need to change ..... life is cyclical .... what worked 52 years ago, won't work now. Timken is a different company, as is Canton and Stark County.

We are all dying.

Rosie said...

stark observations, Canton and Stark County are not dying because of the Unions, they already have died because they are part of a working class that got left behind, like many others, by the wealthy when they began shipping jobs overseas.

right now the wealthy 1% of America have non-union and union sides battling against one another as they quietly drain the wealth out of our economy. this isn't a battle over unions vs non-union, it is a battle for the middle class' survival. if the unions fail the middle class and the working poor have no hope. soon we will all be working for minimum wages with little or no benefits.