Ohio Senate Approves Union Bill
More bad news for public sector unions, this time from Ohio:
Ohio took its first step Wednesday toward passing sweeping legislation that would curtail collective bargaining rights for public sector workers by banning strikes and putting the power of breaking labor impasses in the hands of local elected officials.
Amid boos and shouts of "shame on you," the Republican-controlled Ohio Senate voted 17 to 16 for the bill, with 6 Republicans voting against it.
The bill is expected to be passed next week in the House and signed into law by Gov. John Kasich, who issued a statement applauding the Senate vote. Democratic lawmakers said they would take it to a ballot referendum this fall.
Unions call the bill the biggest blow to public sector workers since the legal framework was put in place to protect them in 1983. Republican lawmakers argued that it was required in order to keep financially pressed local governments solvent.
March 2, 2011