James Hoffa rallies against SB5 in Cincinnati - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

James Hoffa rallies against SB5 in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The nation's most famous union leader was in the Cincinnati on Tuesday. He urged hundreds of union workers from around the Tri-State to repeal Issue Two.

James Hoffa, the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, delivered remarks to nearly a thousand union members and opponents of Senate Bill 5. Workers from UFCW Local 75 organized the event.

Hoffa declared the debate on the issue a war. He spoke to the crowd for a few minutes on Tuesday evening in front of the Teamsters 100 headquarters in Evendale.

In the past, Hoffa has said SB5 would lead to layoffs, cut wages, and even ship some jobs overseas.

"They're coming after us," said Hoffa. "This is about getting rid of the middle class. This is about lowering the wages of average people who have fought and worked hard to make Ohio what it is."

Some local republicans insist that's not the case. Governor John Kasich has said he's on the side of taxpayers.

Local Republicans, such as Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party Alex Triantafilou, agree. Triantafilou said supporters of SB5 do want first responders and public workers to keep their jobs, but someone needs to hold them accountable.

"It worries me for the future of our democracy," said Triantafilou. "I think we have a government that's taken an important and courageous step to say we've got to reign in what's been occurring, and if we don't reign in what's happening in local governments, and have an adult conversation about what we can afford, I think the state and the country is in trouble."

Another point of debate? Public employees paying for health care costs and pensions. SB5 would force all public employees to pay at least 15-percent of their health care benefits and 10-percent towards pensions. Gov. Kasich has said that change is necessary since unions do not want to contribute anything.

Cincinnati Firefighter Doug Stern said that's a lie.

"We didn't come to the table and say we didn't want to pay our pensions," said Stern. "We aren't negotiating things that aren't good for our cities."

The latest Quinnipiac Poll showed the majority of voters want to repeal SB5. In all, 51 percent of registered voters who were questioned said they'd vote to kill the law, while 38 percent said they want to keep it.

Voters will decide the issue on Tuesday, November 8th.

Copyright 2011 FOX19. All Rights Reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

    Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:51 AM EDT2018-05-21 04:51:49 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 2:54 PM EDT2018-05-21 18:54:33 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...

    Trump's demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

    Full Story >

    Trump's demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

    Full Story >
  • Trump praises new CIA director

    Trump praises new CIA director

    Monday, May 21 2018 1:22 AM EDT2018-05-21 05:22:27 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 2:54 PM EDT2018-05-21 18:54:31 GMT
    A veteran spy, Gina Haspel won Senate confirmation last week after overcoming concerns about her role in the agency's use of harsh interrogation techniques after 9/11. (Source: CNN/POOL)A veteran spy, Gina Haspel won Senate confirmation last week after overcoming concerns about her role in the agency's use of harsh interrogation techniques after 9/11. (Source: CNN/POOL)

    A veteran spy, Gina Haspel won Senate confirmation last week after overcoming concerns about her role in the agency's use of harsh interrogation techniques after 9/11.

    Full Story >

    A veteran spy, Gina Haspel won Senate confirmation last week after overcoming concerns about her role in the agency's use of harsh interrogation techniques after 9/11.

    Full Story >
  • US demands wholesale changes in Iran policies post-nuke deal

    US demands wholesale changes in Iran policies post-nuke deal

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:52 AM EDT2018-05-21 12:52:00 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 2:54 PM EDT2018-05-21 18:54:19 GMT
    fasfdafasfda

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is laying out the Trump administration's strategy for constraining Iran's nuclear program and opposing its other behavior in the region following President Donald Trump's withdrawal...

    Full Story >

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is laying out the Trump administration's strategy for constraining Iran's nuclear program and opposing its other behavior in the region following President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly