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Call Now to Protect Ohio’s Working Families

Dear Advocate,

Unemployment insurance gives workers and their families time to bounce back after an unexpected job loss by helping them pay their bills while they find a new job. It’s a smart poverty prevention program.

Yesterday, AOF leaders told the press our concerns about a bill in the Ohio House--HB 394--that would harm laid-off workers by severely cutting workers’ access to unemployment compensation. HB 394 goes farther than any other state to limit benefits available to the unemployed.

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 Call to Protect Ohio’s Workers

The Insurance Committee of the Ohio House needs to scrap this harmful bill and write a new one that makes Ohio’s unemployment system sustainable without cutting off help to families when mom or dad is laid off.

The bill’s sponsor, Representative Barbara Sears (R-Sylvania) told reporters “it’s just too late to start over,” but we know it’s never too late to make a good decision.

Please help us protect Ohio’s working families by calling the committee members below to tell them to drop this bill (HB 394) because Ohio’s unemployment system shouldn’t be fixed by taking support away from workers.

Representatives to Call (Start with #1)

  1. Barbara Sears (Bill Sponsor) - 614-466-1731
  2. Robert Hackett (Insurance Committee Chair) - 614-466-1470
  3. Michael Henne (Vice-Chair) - 614-644-8051
  4. Sarah LaTourette - 614-644-5088
  5. Heather Bishoff - 614-644-6002

What to Say When you Call

“My name is _________ and I am from ___[town/county]___. I am calling to let the representative know that they should NOT support HB 394. I think that the unemployment system should repaired, but not on the backs of Ohio’s workers.”

Log your Call

Click here to log your call so we can track how many calls legislators received urging them to drop this harmful bill. Logging your call also helps us share your advocacy work with the media, lawmakers and other supporters.

Your calls make a big difference by showing representatives that it matters how they handle this bill. Thank you for helping protect Ohio’s working families.