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Pro Right-to-Work Republican Backs Off Support in General Assembly

Rep. John Becker (R-Cincinnati) testifies on right- to-work legislation in front of union members in November 2018.
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Rep. John Becker (R-Cincinnati) testifies on right- to-work legislation in front of union members in November 2018.

One of Ohio's key supporters of controversial anti-union measures has now backed off support for so-called right-to-work legislation. 

Republican Rep. John Becker said he still supports legislation that does not require workers to join a union in order to get a job and has proposed right- to-work measures in the past. 

But he won’t push for it in this General Assembly.

"I see no opportunity to pass right-to-work in the near future in the state of Ohio," Becker said. 

Becker said House Speaker Larry Householder is friendly to unions, and Gov. Mike DeWine has threatened to veto a right-to-work bill if it came to him.

Becker said he knows there are still fellow lawmakers who support right-to-work legislation.

He noted a proposed provision that would have changed prevailing wage in Ohio also failed.