“I recommend we hold that special meeting conversation until we get finality from the Sixth Circuit,” Lang said. “This may take six weeks. It may take two years. At this point while everything is kind of up in the air I think it would be futile for us to move forward with Right to Work.”
The trustees decided to hold off on a special meeting they had planned to schedule on the hot topic.
The township building was bursting at the seams with hundreds of people packing the meeting room, lining the walls and crowded into the lobby area. The trustees still allowed West Chester residents business and property owners to speak out on the issue during two citizens comment sections of the meeting.
William Stoekel told the trustees West Chester Twp. doesn’t need Right to Work.
“West Chester has top notch teachers and incredible police and fire departments and many companies already operating in the township,” he said. “West Chester is a great township and we don’t need gimmicks like Right to Work.”
Earlier this month, Lang told the Journal-News that establishing the township as a “Right to Work” place would make it attractive to businesses.
“I believe it is going to show this community that West Chester is open for business, we mean it, we stand behind our businesses and we will continue to dominate the market from an economic development perspective. It’s going to make us more attractive to businesses…” township Trustee George Lang said. “And I happen to believe wholeheartedly that prosperity is America’s birthright.”
Board President Mark Welch concurred.
“There is a ton of evidence that says that companies would rather relocate and build their business in Right to Work states,” Welch said. “I think we should move ahead on this as quickly as possible and give potential manufacturers that are looking at Ohio or looking at the region, another reason to come to West Chester.”
Unions from Ohio and neighboring states marshalled their memberships and about 100 people descended on the trustee meeting two weeks ago. That meeting was raucous, and Tuesday’s event, albeit with many more people, was cordial and contained.