Right-to-work legislation protection in West Chester, Ohio: Lakota’s out-of-control budget and the neccessity of creating friendly pro-business climates

It is one thing for Donald Trump to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States—which he has already made great strides in doing.  It is quite another to deal with the reasons they want to leave in the first place.  For many, it is the regulatory burdens of doing business which push them into oversea markets where those regulations do not exist.  The other is the cost of labor is just too high in America—and that was largely driven up by ridiculous labor union expectations.  Labor unions which I have covered here extensively over the years is a socialist concept and really doesn’t have a place in any American endeavor, and time under a Trump economy should finally flush that out once and for all—but that could take a decade or more to realize.  In the meantime, states and the counties within those states need tools to deal with the parasitic nature labor unions impose on businesses. 

As much as I like hard-working people, it is not they who create jobs and steer economic success into the realm of achievement—it is the management of companies—and it is they who need protection from labor incursions like labor unions which threaten their efforts with negative tactical influence.  And Ohio, where I live, is still considering avenues to becoming a proper right-to-work state which would go a long way to helping that treacherous situation.  But recently there was some wonderful news which erupted like a volcano spewing news across America from the unexplored depths of earth that in Hardin County, Kentucky, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that local governments can free their citizens from mandatory union dues and memberships.   That means, theoretical by legal precedent, that the government of West Chester—which I think is the most business friendly government in the entire Midwest could potentially protect businesses in their jurisdiction from unionized activity that drives up their labor costs and rob them of proper management forcing them into some hostile corner of the world just to avoid losing their companies to a mob of workers responding to economic desires not checked properly in perspective under a free market system of competitive equilibrium.  In fact, this issue was considered at a recent West Chester trustee meeting and can be heard in its entirety at the 59-minute mark in the video below.  Watch for yourself. 

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on November 18, 2016, that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) permits local governments to free their citizens from mandatory union dues and membership. This update offers analysis gained from Frost Brown Todd LLC’s (FBT) role in securing this ruling. FBT labor and employment lawyers, John Lovett and Kyle Johnson, represented Hardin County, Kentucky, in the successful defense of its “right to work” ordinance in the Court of Appeals.


Interesting enough just prior to that 59-minute mark there was a discussion about the Lakota school system and its desire—just like I said they would in 2017—to invade the community for yet another property tax increase.  The suggestion about a localized West Chester right-to-work zone to attract businesses would have no impact on public sector labor unions like those at the local school of Lakota, but as George Lang suggested attracting more manufacturing to West Chester would be a short-term way of avoiding further tax incursions on properties—particularly the residents who shoulder most of the burden of out-of-control labor costs irresponsibly handled by the Lakota school system.  The school board does not have control of their labor contracts because the inmates run the asylum in every public school—so what the West Chester trustees are proposing are ways of dealing with those cost overruns at the school—until the Trump administration can bring down the cost of education properly through methods such as School Choice without putting the community through another three or four years of levy fights—which Lakota will certainly get the next time they go after a tax grab through a new school levy. 

I haven’t spoken about Lakota for a long time, largely because I’ve had my eye on the end game solution which for me is the nomination of Betsy DeVos to run the Department of Education and bring competitive elements to the education system which more properly reflect the capitalist country that constitutes the American GDP.  All public schools must bring down the cost of education per child while increasing the results and need to be the point of emphasis.  Lakota as a school system in the great township of West Chester in Ohio on the norther edges of Cincinnati are only throwing money at their labor force with their school levy attempts which then throws more burdens on businesses needlessly.  However, by adding more businesses to the mix in West Chester and Liberty Township which share burdens with Lakota then the short-term cost overruns that the school board has failed to stop—because of the union contracts with state employees—can be met while the long-term fixes from the federal level under Trump take effect.  I am personally against any tax increases especially for a public education system that has proven to be completely ineffective at preparing young people to live in a capitalist society.  Public schools have not used tax payer’s money properly and have made it their priority to radicalize students toward left-leaning propaganda and that is something I won’t support with further drains on our community financially. 

An interesting note from that trustee meeting, even Lee Wong was entertaining the possibility of a right-to-work West Chester township, and for that I might even sit at a table with him at Sushi Monk without getting up and leaving.  His comments were “encouraging.”  I know business in West Chester very well and understand the challenges as people come from all over the world unlock the treasures available there.  I can personally testify to how wonderful it is for me to entertain people from faraway lands from the new Holiday Inn across from Ikea, and to have dinner options for those same people ranging from Jags to the Top Golf complex—or how often I go to Barnes and Nobel to buy new books during a mid-day lunches and have proudly watched the new Bass Pro rise from an empty field next to I-75 as luxury hotels continue to fill the skyline around it—all created by the pro-business growth climate created by the trustees in the above video.  

I’ve traveled extensively and there is no better place in the world in my opinion to do business, and that includes places like Chicago and New York—as far as amenities.  There really isn’t a more pro-business climate anywhere that has such low taxes, friendly zoning, and capitalist embracing government than West Chester, Ohio and this proposal of right-to-work for the county of Butler which surrounds West Chester is in that same spirit.  West Chester offers the services you might find in exotic locations like a large American city or a foreign destination like Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, or Tokyo which is important to facilitating foreign travel.  Businesses are all about trade and to perform that you have to talk to people and amenities are extremely important to that task followed by reduced regulatory and financial burdens.  So the West Chester government gets that, and it is truly wonderful to see that they are taking proactive measures to bridge the gap in innovation that will solve problems in the long-term by short-term solutions that give everyone what they need. 

Ohio is an at-will state, but if a labor union tries to impose itself on your business premises that socialist activity is protected by current state laws–you can’t just fire the participants meaning hours and hours of nonproductive activity usually follow such an attempt.  Local, state and federal governments have for too long given legal protections to “workers” without understanding the nature of “productivity.”  A worker is just a person looking for a job until a business creates an opportunity for employment and that emphasis needs to be respected in future legislation, and under a Trump administration that will likely happen making these trustees in the above West Chester video sound a lot smarter five years from now.  But in the meantime, businesses need assurances that they can operate without the terror of a labor union imposing financial burdens that could destroy all their efforts forcing them to oversea markets to hedge against radicalized workforces.  Hopefully West Chester can fast track this effort and set an example for the rest of the country, the timing couldn’t be better.  What they are proposing is the direct second answer to what Trump is working on nationally, and when those jobs do come back from other countries where they are currently—West Chester would be a good home for them.  It would help Lakota with their ridiculous budget until Betsy DeVos gets things under control by 2020 and it would help Trump convert those union votes who supported him into free market Republicans in the most peaceful way possible.  And there is nothing wrong with any of that. 

Rich Hoffman


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