Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ohioans Reject Anti-Union Law In Landslide Election

In their November 8, 2011 general election, voters in Ohio voted overwhelming to overturn a state law restricting public-sector employees' collective bargaining rights.  By a vote of 63% to 37%, voters rejected Ohio Senate Bill 5, which severely restricted collective bargaining rights in that state.  The 250-page bill increased the number of police and fire department employees prohibited from joining unions, prohibited unions from ensuring members pay their fair share for representation, and allowed employers to pick and choose what they wanted to bargain over, and, in some cases, whether they wanted to bargain at all.  Under Ohio law, the election means the S.B. 5 will not go into effect and current labor laws will remain in place.