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In Lima, Ohio Workers Highlight Sherrod’s Record Fighting For The Dignity of Work

COLUMBUS, OH – Yesterday, Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga, Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Executive Secretary Mike Knisley, and Lima UA Local 776 Business Manager Brad Wendel hosted a “Workers for Sherrod” event in Lima to highlight Sherrod’s record fighting for Ohio workers and the Dignity of Work.

Workers at the event highlighted Sherrod’s record of “standing with us on the picket lines for better wages and benefits to standing up to his own party to prevent bad trade deals that hurt Ohio workers,” in direct contrast with Bernie Morneo “who has a long track record of lying and looking out for himself.”

The “Workers for Sherrod” statewide tour is highlighting Sherrod’s record delivering for Ohio workers and fighting for the Dignity of Work, the belief that hard work should pay off for everyone, with stops across Ohio. Ohio workers are lining up behind Sherrod, citing his fight to save the pensions of over 100,000 Ohio workers and his commitment to making sure every family has a path to the middle class.

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The Lima News: Union leaders in Lima endorse Brown for Senate
Craig Kelly – July 8, 2024

  • As U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is trying to persuade Ohio voters to let him continue his tenure in the U.S. Senate, trade union leaders at both the state and local levels are lending their voices in support.
  • “Ohio workers have no better champion than Sherrod Brown, and we have to make sure he’s re-elected this November,” UA Local 776 business manager Brad Wendel said. “From standing with us on the picket lines for better wages and benefits to standing up to his own party to prevent bad trade deals that hurt Ohio workers, Sherrod has always stood on our side, and thanks to Sherrod’s work, we’re seeing real results right here in Lima.”
  • Wendel pointed to the $500 million investment at the Lima Procter & Gamble plant as one example of companies investing in the region, crediting Brown as one of the people who helped make that happen. Ohio AFL-CIO president Tim Burga also pointed to measures like the Restoring Overtime Pay Act of 2023 as another example of Brown’s positive impact on Ohio workers.
  • “This is unlike his opponent, who has a long track record of lying and looking out for himself,” Burga said, citing accusations made against Republican Senate candidate Bernie Moreno over alleged lies about selling the Chinese-made Buick Envision at his dealership in Beachwood. “The contrast in this race could not be more clear.”
  • Mike Knisley pointed to Brown’s efforts in bipartisan bills like the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and his work with Republicans to bring computer chip manufacturing to Ohio to show how Brown prioritizes Ohio voters over keeping in lockstep with his own party.

WLIO: Labor Leaders Support Senator Sherrod Brown

WLIO: “Lima UA Local 776 hosted labor leaders to talk about how Senator Brown’s policies have helped families.” 

WLIO: “[Sherrod] often works with Republicans on legislation aimed at improving quality of life for Ohioans. Brown has been involved in legislation to bring chip manufacturing to Ohio, get benefits for veterans that were exposed to toxic chemicals during their service, and other bills that led to better jobs and pay for workers.” 

Gary McPheronInternational Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6“Sherrod has always supported prevailing wage on projects which is important to construction workers to make sure that workers get a fair and livable wage.”

WLIO: “Supporters say that Brown’s opponent, Bernie Moreno, is not supportive of unions and overtime expansion. As a business owner, Moreno was also sued by his employees.” 

Tim Burga,Ohio AFL-CIO President: “Senator Brown has always fought for overtime pay. In fact, he wanted to expand overtime pay for those working over 40 hours a week.”