POLITICO published a profile of Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) yesterday, the Democratic nominee in the race for the Buckeye State’s open Senate seat, describing the Congressman as a “pro-labor Democrat” “running for Senate as a friend of unions,” and highlighting Ryan’s efforts to improve working conditions for congressional staffers. The article explains that Ryan is seeking to distance himself from the Democratic establishment by emphasizing his work to help workers, thereby emulating the strategy embraced by Sherrod Brown, a Democrat who has long served as a Senator from a state increasingly leaning red, while simultaneously disavowing the calls of his progressive colleagues to “defund the police” and instead emphasizing public safety and support for local cops, even framing his support for police officers as an issue involving workers’ rights. Ryan currently enjoys a narrow lead in the polls over his opponent J.D. Vance and he raised four times as much money as the Republican in the second quarter of 2022.
Approximately 2,500 Boeing workers are set to go on strike next week at three of the company’s defense plants in the St. Louis area after the workers, represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 837, rejected a contract offer from the aerospace manufacturing conglomerate. Ultimately, the contract negotiations appeared to have broken down due to the inadequate 401(k) plan proposed by the company. “We cannot accept a contract that is not fair and equitable, as this company continues to make billions of dollars each year off the backs of our hardworking members,” the union affirmed in a statement.