Some thoughts on the Sinclair Levy, issue 39

Today, while campaigning for Obama, I ran into a woman who works at Sinclair- after attending retraining there after she got laid off from Delco.

She was a $8 hr hire at Delco, with limited benefits. When she was laid off- she was eligible for 2 years of unemployment and retraining at Sinclair as long as she stayed in the program. So after not being in school for 35 years (she was 60) she took courses to get a new career. She was worried about her chances of getting a job due to her age- but was assured by Sinclair it wouldn’t be an issue. She made Dean’s list 6 of 8 quarters. Upon graduation- the only people who would hire her: Sinclair.

The offer: $10 an hour, no benefits, max of 32 hours a week when school is in session, usually only 12 hrs a week when school is on break. Wow, that’s a great employer.

She also shared that 80% of Sinclair’s staff is part time. Are those the kinds of jobs that people want and need to survive? I understand the number of adjunct faculty without benefits, but I’m sure the maintenance, security, administrative etc. people that Sinclair hires would prefer to have full-time jobs with benefits.

She wasn’t going to vote for the levy, even though she works there. She knows about the Warren county boondoggle, the $120 million in the bank and the fact that Sinclair is debt free. Maybe Dr. Johnson should make sure he’s providing jobs for his own employees to be able to afford the levy, before he goes and asks for an increase from all of us.

Last I checked, Dr. Johnson makes more than the Governor of the State of Ohio. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t understand that now is not the time to ask for a renewal plus an increase from taxpayers who are barely making it. As much as I hate to do this- I can’t support Sinclair’s levy- not until they pass one in Warren County first or withdraw from Warren County.

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