Youngstown Vindicator: Warren workers can apply for federal assistance

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, announced that approximately 20 workers at Stoneridge Inc. here are eligible to apply for worker adjustment assistance through the U.S. Department of Labor.

Brown urged the Labor Department on Wednesday to act swiftly to ensure financial support for the workers and their families.

“The loss of a job can be a devastating experience,” Brown said. “Ohioans who work hard and play by the rules should not be left to struggle when they lose their job through no fault of their own. These resources will help ensure that displaced workers in Warren have the financial support and training opportunities to get a fresh start.”

In his latest column, George Will, the dean of conservative commentators, endorsed proposals from Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio and a leading voice for breaking up the country’s largest banks. Mr. Will wrote, as always, eloquently and in no uncertain terms – although the references to revolution do not appear in all his pieces:

By breaking up the biggest banks, conservatives will not be putting asunder what the free market has joined together. Government nurtured these behemoths by weaving an improvident safety net and by practicing crony capitalism. Dismantling them would be a blow against government that has become too big not to fail. Aux barricades!

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants to bring back America’s manufacturing sector by keeping it on the innovative edge.

Aiming to build on a pilot program launched in 2012 in Youngstown, Brown said he wants to create a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation to help American businesses out-innovate global competitors.

“Our workers are the most productive. Now we need to make them the most innovative. That’s why I’m calling for the creation of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation. Every region, every state has a role to play in helping to maintain our innovative edge,” Brown said.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown called for the creation of a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation on Tuesday.

The aim is to strengthen the ability of the U.S. to take the lead in new technologies by creating regional “innovation” hubs with specialized manufacturing skills, Brown said.

“American workers have the drive, the creative thinking, and the determination to out-innovate the rest of the world,” Brown said. “We just need to make certain that they have the opportunity to do so.”

When President Barack Obama addresses the nation Tuesday night from the Capitol, many Clevelanders will be watching on TV. But Gwendolyn “Cookie” Hall will watch the speech live.

She’s the guest of Sen. Sherrod Brown, who invited the steelworker to use his extra ticket. She is also there to help Brown make a point: Given the right tools and training, American workers can make anything as well as or better than anyone else.

They’re already doing so at the Cleveland Works plant, owned by ArcelorMittal, where Hall works.

This has been a particularly tough flu-season – for Ohioans of all ages. To put it into perspective, as of January 19, more than 3,000 flu-associated hospitalizations were reported to the Ohio Department of Health. During this same period last year, there were fewer than 100 flu-associated hospitalizations. With extensive hospitalizations and a few deaths, it’s clear that the flu is widespread throughout our state. And while it’s important to be aware of the steps you can take to prevent the flu, sometimes getting sick is unavoidable. But for four in ten Ohioans, getting sick doesn’t just threaten their health; it also threatens their family’s economic security.

With his chronically gravelly voice and relentlessly liberal agenda, Sherrod Brown seems to have stepped out of “Les Miserables,” hoarse from singing revolutionary anthems at the barricades. Today, Ohio’s senior senator has a project worthy of Victor Hugo — and of conservatives’ support. He wants to break up the biggest banks.

He would advocate this even if he thought such banks would never have a crisis sufficient to threaten the financial system. He believes they are unhealthy for the financial system even when they are healthy. This is because there is a silent subsidy — an unfair competitive advantage relative to community banks — inherent in being deemed by the government, implicitly but clearly, too big to fail.

“For far too many Americans, a day home from work means a day without pay,” Brown said. “Some 40 percent of private-sector workers in the U.S. don’t have any paid sick days at all. It’s worse for low-income workers — three in four don’t have any paid sick days available.”

We wondered about the numbers. Brown’s staff said the source was last year’s National Compensation Survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

PolitiFact Ohio is not rating the legislation, however — only Brown’s statement on the numbers of workers who don’t have access to paid sick days. We rate it True.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants to re-introduce legislation that would create a level playing field for American manufacturing by eliminating currency manipulation by large trading partners like China.

Brown, in a conference call with reporters on Thursday, cited a new report from the Economic Policy Institute that cites trade deficit reduction as a key step for improving job growth in the United States. In addition to addressing currency manipulation, the report calls for “a series of coordinated manufacturing policies” on the federal level.