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New bill limiting unions could spark a new battle in the Ohio Statehouse
Hudson-area lawmaker introduces the so-called "right to work" bill

Jo Ingles

Two years ago, the Statehouse was ground zero for a fight over a bill to limit collective bargaining rights. Now, as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, a new bill is being introduced later today that is likely to revive some of those old controversies.

It’s called the Right-to-Work bill.

Republican Reps. Kristina Roegner and Ron Maag are introducing bills that remove requirements that workers pay union dues when their employers are unionized.

Roegner's bill applies to private employers. Maag's applies to public sector.
Both were backers of S.B. 5. That’s the bill that Ohio lawmakers passed that stripped collective bargaining rights from public workers. It unleashed the wrath of Democrats and unions, who were successful in putting the repeal of the law on the Nov. 2011 ballot. Voters overwhelmingly overturned the law.

Already, Democrats and unions are striking out against the new plans, which were to be formally introduced today.

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