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Rep. Tim Ryan Talks Health Care, Infrastructure And The Right to Organize With Labor Unions in Miami Valley

Tim Ryan tours a classroom at the IBEW apprenticeship training facility in Dayton
Chris Welter
Tim Ryan tours a classroom at the IBEW apprenticeship training facility in Dayton

Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan from Northeast Ohio is running for Senate in 2022. He met with union representatives from the Miami Valley in Southwest Ohio Wednesday to ask for their support.

Ryan toured a union apprenticeship training facility at the IBEW Local 82 in Dayton. He spoke about investing in infrastructure and passing the Protecting the Right to Organize or PRO Act. He said support in the Dayton region will be essential if he is going to win next year.

“I need you. I need you," Ryan said. "I’m going to run my rear end off. I'm going to leave it all on the field. But we need to build an army in Southwest Ohio because this is a tough state, because a lot of people don't necessarily see Democrats as on their side.”

Reps for unionized painters, government employees, firefighters, and nurses were in attendance. They expressed concerns about rising health care costs, misclassification of workers, and difficulties finding the next generation of workers.

Environmental reporter Chris Welter is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms.

Chris Welter is the Managing Editor at The Eichelberger Center for Community Voices at WYSO.

Chris got his start in radio in 2017 when he completed a six-month training at the Center for Community Voices. Most recently, he worked as a substitute host and the Environment Reporter at WYSO.