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Protests did not stop Senate
Thousands protested the collective bargaining bill,
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER
and MARANDA SHREWSBERRY


Reporter
Karen Kasler
 

The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that restricts collective bargaining for public employees despite thousands of protesters crowding into the capital over the past three weeks.

Senate Bill 5 passed by a vote of 17-16  today (Wednesday). All votes supporting the bill came from Republicans, but six GOP Senators  joined Democrats to vote against it. Among those who broke party ranks were Northeast Ohioans Scott Oelslager, Tim Grendell, Gayle Manning and Tom Patton.

Labor leader Tim Burga of the AFL-CIO is disappointed, but says the unions aren’t done.

Burga says the Senate did Ohioans wrong.

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 The bill now goes to the Ohio House, where Republicans have a 59-40 edge.  

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