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VIDEO: Portman Meets With Teamsters After Endorsement

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following Monday's endorsement, this morning Rob met with the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, which represents over 50,000 members from across Ohio. Their endorsement is considered another major "political blow" to Ted Strickland both because the group rarely endorses Republicans and because they endorsed the former Governor in 2006 and 2010. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch a recap from the meeting.


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For those keeping track, this is the third union to endorse Rob. In fact, Rob received two union endorsements in just two days this week. On Tuesday, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) of Ohio – the state's largest law enforcement union representing more than 25,000 members – also endorsed Rob.

The state of Retread Ted's campaign is in shambles as Rob’s latest endorsements have "fueled a growing concern" among both Ohio and national Democrats who have been "knocked back on their heels."

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. 

Rob also recently received the endorsement from the United Mine Workers of America, who had previously supported Strickland as well.

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