Ohio Governor to sign anti-union bill later on Thursday

COLUMBUS, Ohio Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:32pm EDT

Union supporters file into the Ohio Statehouse as Gov. John Kasich delivers the State of the State address in Columbus, Ohio, March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan

Union supporters file into the Ohio Statehouse as Gov. John Kasich delivers the State of the State address in Columbus, Ohio, March 8, 2011.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Governor John Kasich will sign later on Thursday a bill limiting collecting bargaining for about 350,000 public workers and banning them from striking, his spokesman said.

Kasich will sign the bill, approved by the Republican-majority legislature on Wednesday, at the statehouse at 7 p.m. local time, according to his spokesman, Rob Nichols.

"We're excited by the fact that our school districts and local governments will soon have tools to be able to control their costs and not have to raise taxes on their people," said Nichols.

Democrats want to overturn the law through a referendum on the November ballot. After Kasich signs it, the law does not take effect for 90 days. If opponents are able to secure the approximately 231,000 signatures needed to place a referendum on the ballot during the 90 days, the law will be on hold until the election in November.

(Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Reporting by Jo Ingles; Editing by Greg McCune)

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Comments (5)
USAPragmatist wrote:
I do not know the specifics in Ohio law but…..let the recalls begin.

These tea-party/republican governors never mentioned their union-busting agendas while campaigning did they? or at least didn’t make a big of deal of it as they did when elected?

Now one of the big arguments against Obama for the Affordable Care Act was saying it a big government overstep can also be used for the union-busting tactics of these guys. But there is ONE BIG difference, Obama made healthcare/insurance reform a centerpiece of his campaign, while these tea-party guys did not make union-busting a centerpiece of their campaign until AFTER elected. And the right calls Obama ‘disingenuous’, PLEASE!

Mar 31, 2011 2:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BrilliantEcho wrote:
A government working to reign in the costs of government, and producing results! It’s about time!

I am an independent who has no qualms about private sector unions. If a company can make a product or provide a service at a cost where Americans will still buy, great!

However, if an American company operates in the U.S., and is unionized and cannot make a profit unless they outsource their work, no problem. It’s a great equalizer then for ALL workers of the planet when outsourcing happens.

To those ONLY worried about American workers, look at the big global picture and don’t be so selfish when American companies afford improved standards of living to others around the world when they relocate overseas.

However, regarding PUBLIC sector unions, I cannot choose to vote for paying them with my hard earned cash, as I can with private sector companies/unions. And worse, by design they seek to extract MORE pay and BENEFITS from MY taxes? Unbelievable.

Call it what it is, unions – the public sector union bosses and public sector union employees want to negotiate THEIR pay and BENEFITS from MY taxes and I have NO say. WHAT?

I am SO glad the greed of public sector unions has come to light! The Republicans (of which I am NOT) have at least done something to stop this injustice and FIX budget deficits!

And for their effort to try and fix their state budgets, the liberals can only say “recall” or leave their state capitol and abdicate their responsibility for the duration of their absence? Really? That’s all you can do?

Why weren’t the liberals fixing the budget problems when THEY were in power? Too cozy a proposition with the unions?

For the life of me, I never understood how greedy public sector union bosses and public sector union members were, at MY expense!

To think public sector unions bargained AGAINST me, and how much I must pay in taxes for THEIR benefits and pay! You’re kidding me, right? I don’t even have the pay or benefits THEY have, and yet I aam asked, TOLD even to pay THEIR way? The gall!

Don’t even begin to pull the “unions help ALL workers” card, or the “unions help make the middle class” card! I have worked hard from nothing, and don’t have much still, but I work HARD for what I have, and expect NO ONE to pay my way.

Go Gov Walker! More power to you, Gov Kasich!

Mar 31, 2011 5:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sensibility wrote:
This is wonderful news for the working class. Finally, there is some good news for the average taxpayer. I like the idea that the Democrats are trying to put the issue on the November ballot as a referendum issue. Go for it, Democrats! You’ll find out how strongly the majority of people want union reform.

Mar 31, 2011 5:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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