Ohioans don’t want a hand out, they want a leg up. They want an honest day’s wage for an honest day’s work. For years, Republicans in Columbus have been working to erode the rights of hard-working Ohioans who want nothing more than a chance to create a better life for their children.

From big, failed efforts like SB5 and so-called “Right to Work” initiatives to other attempts to erode workers’ rights, Columbus insiders are chipping away at collective bargaining and other labor rights that protect wages and working conditions. 

In the 1950s, CEOs made an average of 20 times more than their workers. Today that number has ballooned to 361 times more – all while big business and Wall Street profits continue to experience massive growth. This disparity aligns with the attack and subsequent decline of unions in Ohio and across the country.

In Ohio, union membership has gone from 37.2% of workers in 1970 to only 12.7% in 2017. Yet, the  median weekly income of a union worker is about $200 more a week than non-union.

Higher wages,  benefits and proper protection from unfair treatment – the advantage of unions for working class Ohioans is undeniable.

As state representative, Phil will:

  • Fight any efforts to erode collective bargaining and other labor rights like worker safety, health standards, fair wages and work hours, and reasonable treatment by employers and management.
  • Create new restrictions to stop employers from interfering in fair union elections with anti-union campaigns, along with other anti-organizing tactics. 
  • Protect the Ohio’s Prevailing Wage Law and work to restore overtime protection, better prevailing wage standards, and bring pay equity for women and minority groups.
  • Oppose any Right to Work legislation and will work to keep Ohio a free bargaining state. States with such laws are 49% more likely to have workplace deaths, their workers make $6,109 less than the average worker of free bargaining state, higher average poverty rates, and lower average insured rates of under the age of 65.
  • Defend Social Security, pensions, and personal savings from being pilfered by Wall Street and Columbus insiders. 
  • Advocate for measures like worker misclassification reform, enforcement of wage and hour laws, and equal pay for equal work – including raising the state minimum wage with a legal requirement to annually adjust the wage based on inflation.
  • Ensure wages for tipped employees can be no less than half the minimum wage. We must strive for a living wage for anyone that works 40 hours a week, and not let part-time and “gig-economy” workers be taken advantage of for not have full-time employment.
Phil Robinson talks with an older community member.