Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland made a campaign stop at the Rossford training center in northwest Ohio.
He toured the state-of-the-art facility and spoke with second-year apprentices. Strickland saw firsthand how the building trades provide their members with a free education that gives them a pathway to live a middle class lifestyle.
Strickland, Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld and Kelli Prather are vying for the Democratic nomination to run for the United States Senate. The winner of the March 15 primary will go on to face Republican Sen. Rob Portman in the November general election.
The stop at Local 33 Rossford’s training facility occurred on the same day Strickland received a number of endorsements from Toledo area unions.
According to a Toledo Blade article, Strickland received the endorsement of SMW Local 33 for his longtime opposition to international trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP).
Local 33 Business Representative Chris Monaghan told the Blade that he is afraid Local 33 members, who work for contractors in many factories in northwest Ohio building and repairing HVAC systems, will lose their jobs if those factories shut down due to the TPP.
The TPP will eliminate tariffs between the U.S. and 11 countries in the Pacific. Supporters of the TPP, including President Obama, say it will give American businesses more access to those foreign markets.