Sherrod Brown talks worker training, tariffs in New Kitchener visit – News – Times Reporter

NEW kitchener U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, made an hour-long stopover in New Kitchener on Wednesday to visit the Gemini Industrial Machine Group’s new design and manufacturing facility, which was the first to open in Tuscarawas Regional Technology Park.

“This is a pretty interesting company and I want to know more about it,” Brown told reporters before meeting with company officials.

Gemini, which opened the 25,000 square meter facility in April, employs around 10 people. The company builds devices for regional manufacturers.

Before touring the facility, the Senator spoke to Gemini co-founders Jason Johnson and Cash Williamson, as well as other company employees.

He also interviewed two local educators – Bob Alsept, superintendent of the Buckeye Career Center, and Brad Bielski, dean of Kent State University in Tuscarawas – about the Tuscarawas County’s production camp held at the Career Center this summer. Since 2003, Brown’s office has worked with local businesses and community leaders to host camps across the state.

The camps are designed to help young people find out about the opportunities that regional industry offers them.

Speaking to reporters, Brown discussed the Workers’ Right to Education Act of 2019, which he will introduce at the reunification of Congress. The bill is designed to help workers automate.

“I’ve seen what globalization has done to Dover and New Kitchener,” he said. “I grew up in a not too different community, Mansfield, where industrial companies and particularly good union jobs left, in part to go to Mexico or China.

“The president recently passed a tax bill that will make it worse. These companies are given corporate stoppages to move overseas. But one thing we can hope for is technology is displacing people, and I hear this repeatedly , we have to take it. ” Care for these workers. If you believe in respecting and honoring work and the dignity of work, you are fighting for the workers. “

The bill would:

n Encourage companies to give workers 180 days if new technology changes their job positions and 270 days if jobs are lost. Employers need to negotiate directly with employees on how best to implement new technologies.

n Encourage employers to pay and provide on-the-job training for all employees affected by new technology adoption. Companies must either provide training for employees whose jobs are changing due to new technology or for employees who are losing their jobs in order to help those employees move into another position in a similar company.

n Encourage employers to provide six months of severance pay to all workers who lose their jobs due to new technology.

Brown also weighed new tariffs introduced on September 1 on goods imported from China.

“I think the president doesn’t fully understand that tariffs are a temporary tool to influence long-term trade policy,” said the senator. “If the president had worked with France, England, Canada and Germany to review tariffs and then focused the tariffs on the fraudulent countries – China, South Korea and Turkey, but especially China – we would see some better results.” .

“But it looks like these tariffs are almost permanent policy, and it hurts farmers, it hurts small businesses. It harms businesses across the supply chain. It costs us jobs.”

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