As author Melody Beattie said, “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.”The chapter we write in 2016 will define both Ohio’s and the nation’s political landscape for years to come.
Here’s what is on the horizon:
A right-to-work case that has worked it’s way to the U.S. Supreme court is set to overturn 40-years of settled law to create a national right-to-work law.
A worrying, silly, yet savage presidential campaign where candidates are seriously calling into question America’s core values.
The fight to take back local control of Ohio’s public schools hi-jacking in the legislature which enabled the take-over of Youngstown’s city school system
And last, but not least, a homegrown right-to-work bill in the Ohio Legislature set to back-door Ohio’s labor movement in the last hours of a lame-duck legislature.
These challenges are serious, but AFSCME has a plan – AFSCME Strong – that is already in action, and we are not without friends.
But the best plan and the staunchest allies can’t win the battle for us – that is up to each AFSCME Ohio Council 8 member.
Our new year’s resolution must be to remain engaged and mobilized in our workplace and in our communities.
Despite tremendous odds, our unity and solidarity continue to win the fight for working families everyday. We had a good local election cycle where we elected friends in Toledo, Dayton, and Columbus. We’ve passed many vital funding issues across the state, and we’re now seeing more 2,2 and 3 percent contract settlements.
On behalf of Ohio Council 8’s officers, board members and staff – we wish you and your families all a happy and prosperous new year.