Eyes of Nation on Ohio Vote on Union-Limiting Law

By: AP
By: AP

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The fight over Ohio's new collective
bargaining law pits the union rights of public workers against
Republican efforts to shrink government and limit the reach of
organized labor.

A ballot question called Issue 2 will asks voters on Tuesday to
accept or reject a voluminous rewrite of union rules signed by
Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) in March.

Labor expert Lee Adler of Cornell University says the outcome of
the election will be a gauge nationally of how the public feels
about public workers, labor unions and government spending.

The legislation, known as Senate Bill 5, affects more than
350,000 police, firefighters, teachers, nurses and other government

It sets mandatory health care and pension minimums, bans
public worker strikes, scraps binding arbitration and prohibits
seniority-based promotions.

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