Saturday, October 26, 2013

Ormet Job Losses

A letter to the editor of the TimesLeaderonline, puts the blame for job losses at the feet of Gov. John Kasich:

....As a Congressman John Kasich voted to outsources our jobs to China. As our Governor, Kasich is responsible for Ormet's closure and he has done nothing to bring back steel jobs in the valley.

Governor Kasich has tried to say that their is an Ohio "Miracle" when it comes to Ohio's economy. 
He and his friends at JobsOhio have tried to convince Ohioans that the economy is turning around. My question to governor is where was the Miracle when it came to saving the jobs at Ormet?

Recently the Ormet CEO in an interview stated that Governor Kasich would not meet with him or discuss saving the 1,000 jobs at Ormet. If Ormet sat on Kasich JobsOhio Board or the executive at Ormet had been campaign contributors to the governor would Ormet still be operating? And we all know John Kasich's record when it comes to Unions. It is no secret that Governor Kasich hates unions, if Ormet was a non union company would the governor had intervened on their behalf?...

Why has the governor been so selective where the JobsOhio development money went? Why have some companies received tax credits/money while others were denied? Does Gov. Kasich only respect corporate leaders that are part of his closed circle of friends?  Did Kasich refuse to intervene because the Ormet jobs involved union workers?

If Kasich is re-elected, he and his Republican supporters will try to disenfranchise workers again. The next time it won't be SB5, it will be even worse. If Kasich didn't show respect to the hardwork of the steelworkers at Ormet, do you really think he respects your work?

We've seen that Republicans in Congress brought this country close to total economic collapse. Kasich, the GOP, and his corporate supporters are more interested in corporate profits than the economic safety of the men and women in Ohio.