WTOL Editorial: Union mandate ruins more than Marina project

WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
Posted by LS

The Marina District project is a bare parcel of property today. In a few years, Developer Larry Dillin believes it could become a thriving waterfront community for both businesses and residents.

All of this could be ripped apart by Toledo City Councilman Frank Szollosi. Here's why. He proposed an ordinance that requires all of the labor to be performed by union workers only.

This idea threatens the entire project. It's unnecessary. The trades will get plenty of work here anyway, without the ordinance. And it sends an anti-business message to any developer in America who is thinking about building something here.

City council has 3 ways to deal with this idiocy:

1. They can pass it. This kills the Marina District project. That means no new jobs -- union or otherwise.

2. They can overwhelmingly vote it down.

3. Or they can bury it so far in a committee that it never sees the light of day.

City council needs to step on Mr. Szollosi for jeopardizing the entire Marina District project by playing political games. He said he wanted to protect jobs and create jobs. This ordinance fails on both counts. Make it go away.