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SB5 Has Cost the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Three More Members, Bringing Total Defections to Six

Ohio Valley blog Vindy reports that the Ohio Chamber of Commerce has continued to lose support as a result of its endorsement of SB5, the Ohio bill that strips public employees of collective bargaining:

Early this week, two Youngstown law firms — Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill Co. L.P.A., and Green Haines Sgambati Co. L.P.A. — sent letters to the chamber terminating their memberships.

The Mocha House, a cafe with locations in Warren and Boardman, also has canceled its membership.

Two of the firms to abandon the Chamber provided comments as to why:

Bill Axiotis, co-owner of The Mocha House, said his business has taken a neutral stand on politics since it opened in 1992.

“By the chamber endorsing [SB 5], it put us in an awkward position. We felt it was better for us to be on the sidelines, and that’s what we decided to do,” Axiotis said.

In the letter Green Haines Sgambati sent to the chamber, managing partner Dennis Haines said the 1983 Public Employees Collective Bargaining Act removed public employees from second-class citizenship.

“Senate Bill 5 is a cynical insult to [public employees] and will relegate them to a worse status than they held before the enactment of the 1983 law,” Haines said.

“As longtime advocates of injured workers in the Mahoning Valley, we strongly oppose your support of SB 5. We represent many public employees and support their right to collective bargaining,” Joseph A. Moro, a partner with Heller, Maas, Moro and Magill, said in his company’s letter to the chamber.

Read the entire article HERE.


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