(Columbus) – Ohio Senate President Keith Faber issued the following statement today regarding proposed Right to Work legislation in the Ohio House of Representatives:
“We have an ambitious agenda focused on job creation and economic recovery, and Right to Work legislation is not on that list. After discussions with other leaders and my caucus, I don’t believe there is current support for this issue in the General Assembly. The only purpose this discussion serves right now is to generate a bunch of breathless fundraising appeals from the Ohio Democratic Party.”
As Ohio’s oil and gas workforce ages – the average age of an oilfield worker is 55 – we must continue to invest in training opportunities to fill positions within this in-demand industry.
"Discussions about what skills employers are seeking and how our workforce training programs can best meet those demands should be an integral part of every regional workforce and economic development strategy,” said Widener.
“The Workforce Development Revolving Loan Fund is a phenomenal program that encourages fast job placement, fair student loans and more opportunities for Ohioans to gain needed job skills to contribute to the changing workforce needs of our state,” said Beagle.
"There is a serious disconnect between the investments made and the people we are trying to impact," said Jones. "We need to look at the problem of infant mortality in a broader context, define the state's role in interacting with local communities on this issue and develop a system of accountability."