Political briefs – Sept. 10

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BROWN APPLAUDS ADDITION OF RECORD-BREAKING CEDAR POINT ROLLERCOASTER MADE WITH MATERIALS FROM CLERMONT COUNTY COMPANY – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded Cedar Point’s announcement that it will build a new rollercoaster, Valravn, in Sandusky made with steel track and supports from Clermont Steel Fabricators, LLC in Batavia. Upon completion, Valravn will be Cedar Point’s fourth rollercoaster made in Ohio, and the tallest, fastest, and longest dive rollercoaster in the world.

“For many years, Cedar Point has relied on Ohio companies, like Clermont Steel Fabricators, to build its coasters – and for good reason,” Brown said. “We know Ohio’s manufacturers and workers can compete with anyone in the world – whether they are making car parts or rollercoaster tracks. Today’s announcement reflects Cedar Point’s continued support of Ohio jobs and northern Ohio’s economy, and is a testament to the strength of Clermont Steel Fabricators and its workers. Its products will satisfy thrill seekers for years to come at Cedar Point.”

Brown continues to support Ohio manufacturers like Clermont Steel Fabricators, LLC. Brown’s Leveling the Playing Field Act, which was signed into law last month, will restore strength to antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) statutes that allow U.S. companies to petition the Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission (ITC) when foreign producers sell goods in the U.S. below market price or receive illegal subsidies. This is especially important for the steel industry, which has seen an influx of imports into the U.S. market, putting the American industry at a competitive disadvantage and threatening Ohio jobs.

SEN. BROWN APPLAUDS ACTION BY NATIONWIDE INSURANCE TO ADOPT $15 MINIMUM WAGE – Following an announcement by Nationwide, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released a statement applauding the company’s action in raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour:

“Companies like Nationwide Insurance realize that raising the minimum wage is good for workers and good for business,” Brown said. “Nationwide Insurance has always been an important corporate leader in our state and this move solidifies its commitment to workers and our community. Ensuring that workers have more money in their paychecks allows them to take care of their families and helps stimulate the economy.”

Brown has fought to increase workers’ wages, address income inequality, and ensure paid sick leave for workers. He has also worked to increase wages for tipped workers, which could lift hundreds of thousands of workers out of poverty.

FOLLOWING PRESIDENT’S ACTION TO ENSURE SICK LEAVE FOR FEDERAL CONTRACTORS, BROWN TO URGE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO EXTEND PAID SICK LEAVE TO ALL WORKERS – Following President Obama’s announcement guaranteeing paid sick leave for more than 300,000 federal contractors this week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) outlined efforts to extend paid sick leave to all workers. Too many Americans—including four in 10 private-sector workers—do not have a single paid sick day that they can use to care for themselves or to care for a sick family member.

“Ohioans should not have to choose between a paycheck and their health, or the health of a child,” Brown said. “While President Obama’s announcement that federal contractors will be required to provide up to seven days in paid sick leave is an important step, it doesn’t go nearly far enough. Millions of private-sector workers – including 45 percent of the Ohio workforce – are still left unprotected. That’s why this is the time to pass the Healthy Families Act.”

During a news conference call today, Brown discussed the Healthy Families Act, legislation which would allow workers to earn paid sick time while protecting business owners. He was joined by Nick Pasquarello, who works at a restaurant in Columbus and does not have access to paid sick leave.


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