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ICYMI: Portman Earned Unions’ Support

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, fresh off Rob Portman receiving back-to-back union endorsements this week, the Wheeling Intelligencer editorial page details exactly why Ted Strickland is losing support saying, “Strickland’s tenure was a time of economic backsliding for many Ohioans.” On Monday, the Ohio Conference of Teamsters - representing over 50,000 members from across Ohio – and on Tuesday, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) of Ohio – the state's largest law enforcement union representing more than 25,000 members – endorsed Rob’s re-election to the U.S. Senate.

For those keeping track, this is the third scathing editorial to come out of Appalachia following Ted's tour. You may click HERE to read the Wheeling Intelligencer editorial from June, which took Ted to task and labeled him "not a friend to East Ohio,” and you may click HERE to read the Belmont County's Times Leader editorial, which detailed how Ted Strickland turned his back on eastern Ohio saying that he "adopted the same not-to-worry attitude about coal as he did about the state budget.” 

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Portman Earned Unions’ Support
Editorial
Wheeling Intelligencer
July 28, 2016

For many years, labor unions almost reflexively supported Democrat candidates for office. Republicans need not apply, even if it was clear their policies were better for unions’ members

That has changed for officials in some unions, as evidenced by two endorsements received by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

Leaders of the Ohio Conference of Teamsters union revealed this week they are backing Portman in his bid for re-election. Last month, the United Mine Workers announced it was endorsing him.

Both unions turned their backs on the Democrat candidate, former Gov. Ted Strickland. His championing of liberal initiatives including the war on coal and affordable electricity that have hurt many union members badly made it impossible for the Teamsters and the UMW to support him.

In addition, of course, union leaders, like many other Ohioans, are aware of Strickland’s record while governor. When he left, replaced by Republican John Kasich, state officials had an $8 billion hole to fill in Ohio’s budget. Fortunately, they were able to do so within a few months.

Strickland’s tenure was a time of economic backsliding for many Ohioans. His administration fit the classic liberal tax-and-spend model, without getting any noticeable results except for more red ink in the budget.

Portman has been an effective, reliable voice for working men and women. He has opposed much of President Barack Obama’s destructive agenda. He has been a good senator for Ohio Democrats and Republicans alike.

The contrast between Portman and Strickland is so obvious that many union members might have considered it dereliction of duty had the Teamsters and UMW not endorsed the incumbent.

Good for officials in the two unions, then, for abandoning tradition to stand up for their members by endorsing Portman.

LINK: http://www.theintelligencer.net/opinion/editorials/2016/07/portman-earned-unions-support/

Background:
In 2006 and 2010, the Teamsters endorsed Ted Strickland.

  • In 2006, the Teamsters endorsed Ted Strickland for Governor and Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate
  • In 2010, the Teamsters endorsed Ted Strickland for Governor, Lee Fisher for U.S. Senate, Richard Cordray for Attorney General, David Pepper for Auditor, Maryellen O’Shaughnessy for Secretary of State, and Kevin Boyce for Treasurer
  • In 2012, the Teamsters endorsed Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate and Barack Obama for President. 
  • In 2014, the Teamsters endorsed Ed FitzGerald for Governor, John Patrick Carney for Auditor, Nina Turner for Secretary of State, Connie Pillich for Treasurer, and David Pepper for Attorney General.

Rob is the author of the Pension Accountability Act, which protects Teamsters in Ohio and around the country from unfairly having their pensions cut without any say in the process. Rob's bill would give the Teamster retirees a seat at the table and ensure their voices are heard.

Rob introduced and passed the Leveling the Playing Field Act, which gives U.S. manufacturers tools to fight against unfair trade practices in order to protect hard-working Ohioans. This legislation is already helping American companies fight back against China’s unfair trade practices by helping win recent trade cases that have imposed tariffs of over 250 percent on steel coming in from China.

Rob has long expressed concerns about -- and in February announced his opposition to -- the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP). The Teamsters oppose TPP. In addition, Rob supported and voted for the 2015 Highway Bill. The Highway Bill included Rob's Federal Permitting Improvement Act to help speed up infrastructure projects in Ohio and across the country to put people back to work.

The Ohio FOP endorsed Ted Strickland in 2006 and 2010 while running for Governor.

Rob Portman Protecting Officers and their Families:
Rob stands with Law Enforcement Officers and is proud to back the blue. Rob understands that our police officers risk their lives everyday to protect us and deserve our unending gratitude and support.

Rob is an Original Co-Sponsor of National Blue Alert Act of 2015: Rob Portman was an original co-sponsor of the National Blue Alert Act of 2015, which became law in May 2015. This law will help alert the public when a police officer is injured or killed in the line of duty to help apprehend the suspect and bring him or her to justice.

Rob is the Author of the Second Chance Act: Rob was the original author of the Second Chance Act, a bill that became law in 2008, which provides $330 million in federal funding to provide jobs, mental health, and substance abuse assistance to people transitioning from prison and jail back into their community to reduce recidivism. Rob has teamed up with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to introduce legislation to reauthorize, update, and improve the Second Chance Act.

Rob Introduced the Fairness for Fallen Officers Act: Rob was the lead Republican sponsor on a bill that made sure families of officers killed and severely injured because of heat-stroke or hypothermia quickly receive their benefits.

Rob Opposed the Nomination of Debo Adegbile: Rob joined the FOP in opposing the failed nomination of Debo Adegbile to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

Rob is a Leader in the Fight to Combat the Prescription Drug and Heroin Epidemic: For more than 20 years, Rob has been fighting to combat the illegal use of drugs that is a root cause of many crimes in Ohio. More than 20 years ago, Rob founded the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati. He chaired the coalition for nine years, served on the board, and was even a member of the board when he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Rob is a former member of the board of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), which is the national membership organization representing over 5,000 coalitions and affiliates working to make America’s communities safe, healthy and drug-free.

Rob authored the Drug Free Communities Act, which became law on June 27, 1997. The legislation provided and continues to provide over a billion dollars in grants to local agencies and non-profits to help prevent drug addiction.

Rob authored the Drug Demand Reduction Act, which passed the House on September 16, 1998. The legislation provided funding for programs to facilitate a significant reduction in the incidence and prevalence of substance abuse through reducing the demand for illegal drugs and the inappropriate use of legal drugs.

Rob co-authored the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which tackles the prescription drug and heroin epidemic head on by expanding education and prevention efforts, helping law enforcement reverse overdoses to save lives, and expanding treatment and recovery programs. Rob began this legislative effort in 2014 and President Obama signed this historic legislation into law last week.

  • The Ohio FOP praised Rob’s CARA saying,The legislation provides treatment for those caught in the clutches of addiction or who also suffer from mental illness and also provides law enforcement with necessary tools to prevent heroin and opioid deaths by assisting agencies in acquiring and deploying naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an overdose.”

Rob’s Interstate Drug Monitoring Efficiency and Data Sharing Act of 2012 was signed into law. The bill creates an efficient, cost-effective system for states to share information from prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) across state lines. This information sharing makes it easier for law enforcement to track prescription drug abuse. Rob’s legislation resulted in a national standard for PDMPs to facilitate the exchange of information among doctors, pharmacists and in some instances, authorized law enforcement.

Rob’s Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 was also signed into law. The bill adds drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts to the Controlled Substance Act. The law is considered an important step in making the drugs illegal and has already allowed law enforcement to crack down on individuals who produce and distribute them.

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