Jobs With Good Pay
As Ohio’s next Senator, I’ll fight to make sure our working people have good jobs that pay a fair wage. For the past 30 years, the costs of everything required for a middle-class life have gone up. A place to raise a family, putting food on the kitchen table, sending your kids to college, and retirement security -- it has all gotten more expensive. But wages for hardworking families haven’t kept up. And that’s why the middle class is feeling squeezed.
As our country recovers from the Great Recession, corporate profits may be rising, but too many Ohioans are still feeling like they can’t catch a break. Some are still looking for jobs, and many are working in jobs that pay less than before. In this recovery, wealth is growing at the top, but not for the rest of us. That’s no accident – it’s the result of politicians like Senator Portman who are prioritizing the interests of the Washington establishment they are a part of and the wealthy special interests they serve. The game in Washington is rigged, and people like Senator Rob Portman are the reason why hardworking Ohioans can’t get ahead.
Here’s how we can help more Ohioans get ahead:
Increasing the Minimum Wage. I tried to live on a minimum wage for a week – I couldn’t do it and I don’t think most folks in Congress could either. As Ohio’s governor and a U.S. Representative I fought to increase our minimum wage and to expand wage protections, and in the U.S. Senate I will fight at every turn to increase the minimum wage and put more money in the pockets of our hardworking families. In contrast, Senator Portman has repeatedly voted against raising the minimum wage.
Protecting the Wages People Earn. If you work overtime, you should get paid for it, it’s as simple as that. Unbelievably, Senator Portman backed a plan that took guaranteed overtime wages away from some workers. In the U.S. Senate I will fight to protect and strengthen overtime wage laws, and ensure that every worker gets paid for the work that they do.
Fighting For Equal Pay. In Ohio, women earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. That gender gap is one of the big problems holding working families back. I am a proud supporter of the Paycheck Fairness Act and in the U.S. Senate I will fight to make sure that Ohio women receive equal pay for equal work. Senator Portman has voted five times against the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Supporting Collective Bargaining In the Workplace. I believe workers should have the right to collectively bargain for pay and benefits – and I’m proud to have earned the support of groups like the United Auto Workers, the AFL-CIO, the Ohio State Council of Machinists and many others. Unlike Senator Portman who backed a national “Right To Work” bill, I oppose so called “Right To Work” legislation that has been shown to hold wages down for workers.
Portman “Is the Best Senator China Ever Had.” — Ted Strickland
Stopping Bad Trade Deals. Too many Ohioans have seen their jobs shipped overseas. That’s why I have voted against bad trade deals that have unfairly undermined our workers. When Rob Portman and I were both in the U.S. House, 8 times these job-killing trade deals came up. I voted no and he voted yes. He voted to make permanent most favored nation status for China; I voted no. And as U.S. Trade Representative, Portman put China’s interests first: bringing fewer enforcement actions against China than his successor, refusing to take action against their currency manipulation, and opposing restrictions on an unfair surge of Chinese steel imports that hurt Ohio’s steel industry. In the U.S. Senate, I will continue opposing these kinds of bad, give-away trade deals -- like the most recent Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that Congress fast-tracked last year with Senator Portman’s support.
I grew up in a working class family and remember the days when the average Ohioan could get a decent job with fair pay to take care of their families. And that is what I will fight for as Ohio’s next U.S. Senator.