Ohio Repeals Union-Busting Law
Firefighters, police, and teachers defeated the Republican establishment in Ohio, a big blow to the agenda of Governor John Kasich. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is pictured with workers at Local 310’s Cleveland union hall.
The bill still allowed bargaining on wages, working conditions and some equipment but banned strikes, scrapped binding arbitration and dropped promotions based solely on seniority, among other provisions.
Kasich and fellow supporters promoted the law as a means for local governments to save money and keep workers. Their effort was supported by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business-Ohio, farmers and others…
Ohio’s bill went further than a similar one in Wisconsin by including police officers and firefighters, and it was considered by many observers to be a barometer of the national mood on the political conundrum of the day: What’s the appropriate size and role of government, and who should pay for it?Click here for reuse options!
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