Union members from Southwest Ohio converged on West Chester Township and successfully convinced township trustees to table a local government right-to-work ordinance up for consideration.
“It’s clear that right-to-work is wrong because it not only costs jobs, it costs lives,” said AFSCME Local 1543 President Tom West. “We know that in RTW states 36 percent more workers are killed on the job than in collective bargaining states like Ohio.”
The crowd also included AFSCME Local 3975 members who work at the West Chester Community Service Department. They are responsible for maintaining the township’s streets, parks, highway signs and cemetery.
AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Political and Legislative Director Robert Davis said “We must fight right-to-work everywhere it raises it’s ugly head.” He said the strong show of opposition convinced the trustees to reconsider the measure. “With the legality of local government right-to-work measures still being contested in the courts we convinced them that it would be wise to wait until the law is settled before raising the issue again,” Davis said.