Senator Sherrod Brown Supports Dayton Newspaper Guild

March 18, 2008
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Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown gave a rousing endorsement of the efforts of workers at the Dayton Daily News in their struggle to gain ratification of a Union contract with the Cox empire after a 21 year struggle for recognition.

Speaking to a noontime gathering of local Union representatives, including Wes Wells from the AFL-CIO, DDN employees, local elected officials Mark Owens and Nan Whaley and community activists from the Miami Valley Full Employment Council, Brown cited the union movement as a major force in creating a better life for millions of workers.
Utilizing his patented canary in a coal mine analogy, Brown talked about how miners would take one of the birds into the mine shaft and, if it got sick or died, they knew it was time to get out. “Journalists”, he said, “play that role in a democracy” alerting the citizenry to dangerous action by the governing class.

Noting that his spouse, Connie Schultz, is a member of the Newspaper Guild at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Brown spoke to that importance of journalists in protecting democracy and freedom by bringing transparency to government actions. “We need journalists to provide that check and balance between government and citizen,” he said.

Brown is a co-sponsor of the The Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800, S. 1041), supported by a bipartisan coalition in Congress, which would level the playing field for workers and employers and help rebuild America’s middle class. It would restore workers’ freedom to choose a union by:


  • Establishing stronger penalties for violation of employee rights when workers seek to form a union and during first-contract negotiations.
  • Providing mediation and arbitration for first-contract disputes.
  • Allowing employees to form unions by signing cards authorizing union representation

The Bill has passed the House of Representatives, but sponsors were unable to beat back Republican led filibustering in the Senate.

2nd and 3rd Ohio District Democratic candidates Virginia Wolfsun and Jane Mitakides made short speeches endorsing the Guild’s efforts and promising to be part of a” larger, more Democratic majority” after respectively beating “Mean Jean” Schmidt and “No Taxes for the Rich” Mike Turner in the fall elections.

Dayton Newspaper Guild president Lou Greco spoke on behalf of the the local guild, detailing the history of the fight with the Cox empire for Union recognition. “The owners should know“, he said, “we are not going to go away. 75% of eligible workers in the bargaining unit have indicated support for the Guild, and we will prevail in the end!”

Following the speeches, the group, about 75 people strong , took to the street with hand held signs in front of the DDN headquarters on South Main for a spirited moving picket line. Calling on the Cox company to negotiate now, sign the contract, demanding health care benefits for part time workers, the picketers marched back and forth for about 20 minutes, enduring a light drizzle of rain for their efforts.

Brown is scheduled to be the keynote speaker tonight at the Montgomery County Democratic Party’s Frolic for Funds at the Dayton Convention Center.


December 19, 2007
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This comes from a friend of mine, a reporter at the Dayton Daily News [also known as Damn Dumb News] and concerns efforts by the Dayton Newspaper Guild to negotiate a contract with the Cox Publishing Companies Dayton newspaper. The link will take you to a YouTube video of a Newspaper Guild picket line in front of the DDN’s new headquarters on So Main Street: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdLb1npylA4

this link will take you direct to the Dayton Newspaper Guild’s informational website:


Dayton Politcx Launches Personal Attack on DDN Reporter

August 4, 2007
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Dayton Politcx Launches Personal Attack on DDN Reporter
Shown below is the final paragraph of a screed about Dayton Daily News reporter Lynn Hulsey that appears on local blog Daytonpolitix. [ http://daytonpolitix.com/ ] Ms Hulsey wrote a series of 5 articles in late June, early July about a secret GOP local operating fund that, among other actions, paid State Senator Jeff Jacobson $448, 196 over his 13 year stint as party chairman. In her June 28 article Hulsey quotes Jacobson as saying “First of all, the small amount of money that I got out any donation that people made versus the amount of work I performed, I think it’s not an issue. I know I was never overpaid.” Republican insiders involved with fundraising wanted to shield the names of the people who were coughing up this cash from the general public and so kept the funds donors a secret. The law on this has since been changed.
Apparently Daytonpolitx has a bone to pick with Lynn for “exposing” this information…the diatribe/rant following is typical bombast from the blog posting…

Lynn knows that the electorate are sheep. She also should know that the bulk of her readership are educated, upper middle class and predominately Republican. Why she is able to continue her sick diatribe against the very people that pay her salary is sickening. While the Dayton Daily is losing readers faster than the Democratically controlled City of Dayton is losing residents Lynn is pissing people off with her expose on Republican Donors. The editorial board equips her and gives her free reign to write whatever she wants without an objectivity. Reporting against the GOP and allowing the Dems to comment is not two sided reporting. Especially when the GOP response is buried 6 pages back. Funny how an article about the GOP features quotes from two Dems on the front page. Objective my ass.”

I have known Lynn for many years and consider her both a friend and an excellent, thoughtful and thorough reporter. There is no quibbling with the facts presented in her series…the fund existed, it was used to secretly channel big bucks into the pockets of a very few people. It is not hard to see how this could be construed as influence buying, especially when the chief Buyer is Clay Mathies, Billionaire financier of conservative causes and the primary recipient is the head of the local GOP..

The writer is both insulting “Lynn knows that the electorate are sheep” and, apparently, quite nervous “Lynn is pissing people off with her expose on Republican Donors.” Makes one wonder who these folks are that are being pissed off and why they ARE pissed off…something more to hide??

As an apologist for the power of money in politics the author has few peers. He pushes every neo-con scare button there is and ends up sounding like a sad parody of one. His facts are at best dubious and his political perspective borders on neo-fascist.

His attempt at writing is aimed at shooting the [mess]enger and covering up the mess...and sad.

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