State senator Mike Skindell was honored to take part in Lakewood’s July 4 parade, today, and to be joined by teachers, families, members of city council, campaign volunteers and many longtime friends.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Janus vs. AFSCME, ruling that public-sector unions’ fair share fees, collected from employees who decline to join a union but still benefit from their negotiations, are unconstitutional. The decision essentially brings so-called “right to work” to public sector workers in Ohio and across America.
In response, Ohio state Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement:
“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus vs. AFSCME is but another blow to working families led by a corporate-funded agenda. The decision further rigs the economy against working families to benefit CEOs and large corporations. The result will be lower wages and a weakening of the rights of workers.
“When the first right-to-work effort came to Ohio in 1958, as Amendment 2, and proposed changes to Ohio’s Constitution, it was defeated by nearly a two-to-one vote. The second major attack on workers’ rights occurred in 2011 with the passage of Senate Bill 5 in the Republican-led Ohio General Assembly, which was overwhelmingly repealed by Ohio voters. Unsuccessful at the ballot box in Ohio and elsewhere, corporate interests have now been successful legislating from the bench.
Michael J. Skindell’s campaign to represent Ohio House District 13 has been formally endorsed by the Sierra Club.
In announcing the endorsement, Steve McPhee said “The Sierra Club’s Ohio Chapter is pleased to extend our support for your campaign in appreciation of your demonstrated commitment to protecting Ohio’s environment.”
Throughout his career as a legislator, Skindell has championed the cause of clean air and water. In recent weeks, he has been working to promote wind energy development, to protect Ohio’s renewable energy standards, and to prevent taxpayer funded bailouts of polluting fossil fuel plants.
Skindell says that he is honored to have the endorsement of the Sierra Club.
Statement by state senator Michael J. Skindell: Democrats in the 13th House District again overwhelmingly supported our progressive campaign in yesterday’s Democratic Primary. We prevailed because of a strong message for our progressive values — funding of senior services, fighting for fairness and equality for women and the LGBTQ community, increasing the minimum wage to […]
State senator Michael J. Skindell spoke about environmental policy prospects in the Ohio General Assembly, today, at a well attended meeting of Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future.
Skindell said that his biggest concern in the Ohio legislature, currently, is a proposal that would impose draconian penalties on protesting fossil fuel extraction projects—and potentially on nearly anyone who crosses a property line in Ohio even unknowingly.
SB 250 applies severe penalties to any trespass on property with “critical infrastructure,” which is defined to include not only fossil fuel extraction sites, but also “electric distribution or transportation lines,” phone and fiber optic lines, cell phone towers, and even “water systems.”
The audience laughed as Skindell noted the absurdity of these broad definitions, yet he warned that “everybody should be deeply concerned about this legislation.”
The Working Families Party today announced its endorsement of Michael J. Skindell in the Democratic primary for Ohio House District 13.
The endorsement’s arrival one week before Ohio’s primary is timely. The next seven days are crunch-time for campaigns, and The Working Families Party will mobilize its grassroots supporter base to volunteer for endorsed candidates, including Skindell.
The Working Families Party endorsement is a “seal of approval” for progressive voters. Combined with the recent endorsement by another national organization, Our Revolution, and its local affiliate the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, progressive leaders have signaled clearly that Skindell should be Democrats’ choice in this contest.
National progressive organization Our Revolution has endorsed Michael J. Skindell for state representative.
Like the local northeast Ohio affiliate, the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, Our Revolution works to sustain the grassroots energy brought together by Senator Bernie Sanders’s 2016 campaign.
Skindell says that the support of both groups is encouraging, particularly as three other northeast Ohio candidates for state representative share the dual endorsement: Kyle Earley (HD-10), Yvonka M. Hall (HD-12) and Steve Holecko (HD-14).
In addition to the strong support of labor organizations and other groups, Michael J. Skindell has been honored with letters to the editor from active citizens and community leaders:
“Mike Skindell embodies everything a public servant should aspire to be: principled, resolute, responsive, objective, and steadfast. … Time and again, Mike Skindell has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to Lakewood, demonstrating integrity in the way he carries himself as a public servant and compassion in the way he continues to serve others. He has my unwavering support and my vote on May 8th…and he should have yours, too.” – Laura Rodriguez-Carbone, community organizer
“Mike is also a fighter for the working class. He was on the front line against SB5 in 2011 and continues the fight against the ‘right to work’ for less. He’s a firm supporter of a $15/hr minimum wage on the journey to a living wage. And that doesn’t mean women get paid eighty percent of that—Mike is committed to pay equity to close the wage gap. … I am proud to be a resident of Lakewood for 13 years, and I am proud to be supporting Michael J. Skindell for State Representative for District 13.” – Brad Presutto, parent and activist
Formal endorsements continue to arrive for Michael J. Skindell for State Rep. Recently, North Shore AFL-CIO announced its endorsement of Skindell, joining a long list of labor organizations including Communications Workers of America, Ohio Federation of Teachers, United Food & Commercial Workers, and National Nurses United among others.
Literal signs of support are also sprouting from more and more yards in House District 13. If you would like a yard sign (or if you lost one after a windy day and need a replacement) you can send in your sign request with this form.
This week’s reception at Astoria Café and Market was a welcome opportunity to spend some time with friends and supporters. Old and new volunteers gathered, along with a number of elected officials including: State Representative Nickie Antonio; County Council member Dale Miller; Lakewood City Council Members Dan O’Malley, Meghan George and Tristan Rader; among others.