Friday, May 13, 2005

Another Toledo Win - The 180th

Thank you to the men and women of the 180th Fighter Wing out at Toledo Express Airport. The Defense Department announced today that not only will the base stay open - as 8 Ohio bases will now close - but that more jobs and fighter aircraft are on the way. This good news is a reflection of your commitment to public service, national defense, and patriotism.

1,100 employees, $100 million in local economic impact! Kudos to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, whose recent appointment to the Armed Services Appropriations subcommittee certainly didn't hurt our cause. Nice work by the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Mark V'Soske led (along with Reps. Kaptur & Gillmor, Toledo Mayor Jack Ford and the Port Authority) a civic campaign that stretched from Downtown Toledo, to our airport, and took them into the heart of the Pentagon in Washington DC to lobby for the 180th.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Frank
It is delicious irony that Marcy, Matriarch of the Ohio Democratic Party, is getting so much credit. Don't get me wrong, she deserves it. But as I drive on to base and notice all the "W" bumper stickers, I often wonder if these Union men and women understand where their bread is buttered. They vote republican even though the Republican Party is staunchly anti-union. Their bargaining power on issues such as health insurance would be eliminated if it were up to the Republicans. Ask the members of TFT about how health insurance impacts bargaining power. You were right about Marcy. But Gillmor was noticeably absent from the effort.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Soldiers and airmen aren't "union people". Those "W" stickers are on servicemamber's vehicles. If you have access to post I would think you would know that.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, it's not a post, it is a base. Secondly, the vast majority of full time workers at the 180th are in fact civilian employees of the Department of Defense and enjoy collective bargaining rights under the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Of the 350 or so full timers. only about 50 are active duty military. I guess having access to that base makes me a little better informed, eh?

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Sepp said... call it what you want. Ramstein is a base, Edwards is a base. The 180th is a post IMHO. Military and DOD civilians have traditionally voted republican...union or not. I have access too...big deal. My neighbor, a TFT member thought that the co-pay issue for health insurance was a non issue. A co-pay is on par with most industries bickering over a 10 or 20 dollar co-pay for a doctor visit reeks of greed.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Sepp, taking a $960 a year cut in pay while getting no raise is not really a good example of professional employees reeking with greed. It's not the co-pays, it's the premium. While not having received a raise since August of 2002 and then suffering the loss of free heathcare, teachers have the right to be a little concerned with the direction that their pay is going. As a citizen of this community, you too should be concerned. We are all in this healthcare crisis together.

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I often laugh at the words "free healthcare" anyone who thinks they were/are/should get "free healthcare" is a fool.

5:18 PM  

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