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Government and Politics

Ohio House hears testimony for two "Right to Work" bills that are likely dead
Republicn-backed bills will have no more hearings, according to the Republican committee chairman

Karen Kasler
Stark County Rep. Kirk Schuring says so-called right-to-work bills are going nowhere in Ohio, for now.
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An Ohio House committee heard testimony on two bills that would prohibit public and private employers from agreeing to contracts that workers to pay a share of union dues.


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The hearing room was packed, along with several overflow rooms, to hear testimony on the two bills. With the first questioning of their Republican sponsors by Democrat Tom Letson of Warren, emotions boiled over.

“Currently, Ohio law allows for those people that do not want to belong to unions to not belong to unions,” Letson said, as his speech is interrupted by applause and he repeatedly used his gavel.

Republican state Rep. Kirk Schuring of Stark County slammed down his gavel."We will have decorum in this room!” he warned.
And the crowd quieted for the rest for the rest of the hour-long hearing. Schuring said this will be the only such hearing.

“There are probably about eight or 10things that, in my opinion, rank above this particular issue," Schuring said.

Schuring says the committee members unanimously agreed to no more hearings, but likely for very different reasons.

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I attended this hearing and received approval from the chairman to record audio. What happened when the applause erupted was that Rep Schuring threatened to call the State Highway Patrol. This legislation is not needed but is being forwarded by capital interests at the expense of working class Ohioans plain and simple.

Posted by: Kurt (Columbus) on June 6, 2013 12:06PM
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