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Union Campaign Committee We Are Ohio: “Don’t Trust It”

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Union campaign committee We Are Ohio is using the phrase “Don’t trust it” as its latest slogan against workplace freedom. We Are Ohio, which has received over 95 percent of its funding from labor unions, wants Ohioans to believe a policy that would let workers choose whether to pay a union is “confusing,” “complicated,” and “controversial.”

What’s interesting about We Are Ohio’s new “don’t trust it” campaign is how easily the slogan can be turned around on the union front group. We Are Ohio describes itself as “a citizen-driven, community-based bipartisan coalition,” and Ohioans visiting We Are Ohio’s website will find no acknowledgment that the group is a union campaign committee.

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In addition to cash and in-kind contributions, which prove as a matter of public record that We Are Ohio is a union front group, the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) is using co-branded graphics like the one shown above and has described We Are Ohio’s “Protect Ohio Workers’ Rights” (POWR) anti-workplace freedom events as “our Urgent Member Meetings.”

The Ohio AFL-CIO is also advertising We Are Ohio’s POWR meetings as its own; the Ohio Education Association (OEA) has done the same.

The Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) and Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) have both added their seals of approval to We Are Ohio’s POWR events by asking members to attend in order to learn about “so-called ‘right to work,’” or “SCRTW.”

A June 2011 OAPSE news item even described We Are Ohio as “led by OAPSE and other public employee unions.” We Are Ohio, however, has never strayed from the lie that the group is “a citizen-driven, community-based bipartisan coalition.”

OAPSE and OCSEA are both locals of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which has contributed over $55 million to national political campaigns since 1989. OEA is the state branch of the National Education Association (NEA), which has spent more than $51 million on federal elections during the same period.

OEA and OAPSE are frequently Ohio’s top political spenders. The OEA president and OAPSE executive director were both paid over $250,000 in forced dues last year.

Recognizing that warnings about workplace freedom come from a shell organization created by union bosses to protect their own interests, it’s hardly shocking that We Are Ohio’s three-word bullet point summary of workplace freedom is nonsense.

Workplace freedom lets workers choose whether to be a member of a union without being forced to pay a union boss hundreds of dollars per year in “fair share” fees; nothing about the policy is confusing.

Workplace freedom is not complicated; the constitutional amendment proposed by Ohioans for Workplace Freedom is less than two pages long.

Finally, the only controversy surrounding workplace freedom is a result of unions – businesses that take in millions of dollars in mandatory dues each year – saying outrageous things to maintain their monopoly positions. Refer to OEA, Ohio AFL-CIO, and OAPSE propaganda for brilliant examples of this.

Before rolling out the SCRTW slogan and tacking on “don’t trust it,” We Are Ohio was describing workplace freedom as “No Rights At Work.” The “No Rights At Work” catchphrase was abandoned after Media Trackers proved the union leaders who run We Are Ohio could not name a single right workplace freedom would take away.

“Don’t trust it,” indeed.

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