Collective Bargaining

Two years ago, the Statehouse was ground zero for a fight over a bill to limit collective bargaining rights. Now, a new bill is being introduced later today that is likely to revive some of those old controversies.

In this week's edition of PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Karen Kasler of the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau. Kasler details where Kasich has been during his first terms as governor, how his tone will compare this year, and what that means for the annual State of the State Speech. She reports that Kasich will likely focus on education and fracking, but it's doubtful Ohioans will see sweeping reforms like last year's collective bargaining initiative.

An Ohio group has resubmitted paperwork to state officials in its effort to push a ballot initiative that would keep workers who are covered by labor contracts from having to join a union or pay union dues.

The group's lawyer, Maurice Thompson, says Ohioans for Workplace Freedom refiled a new summary of its right-to-work amendment on Monday.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has to clear the summary from the coalition of tea party groups and others before they can start collecting the roughly 386,000 valid signatures needed to get it on the ballot this year.

PoliticsOhio: Productive Year For GOP In 2011

Dec 30, 2011

Emily McCord speaks to Bill Cohen from the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau. Cohen wraps-up the year in politics, calling the GOP governor and legislature one of the most productive in years. He highlights the big political stories of 2011 and what it may mean for the year ahead.

Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler in this week's installment of PoliticsOhio. Kasler reports the aftermath of last week's election. She finds that opinion differ on the potential economic impact by the latest move by the Tea Party to make Ohio a "Right To Work" state. She says while the outcome of Issue 3, the ballot issue that allow Ohioans to opt-out of the federal health care mandate, doesn't mean much now on the federal level, but could affect the state's preparation for the changes.

Just a week after voters sided with unions and voted down a collective bargaining reform law, the state and its largest state employee union have reached a tentative deal. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports, the governor isn’t saying much about how and why that happened.

It not even been a week since voters overturned Senate Bill 5 - the law that would have limited the bargaining rights of public employees. But for teachers, one of the most nerve-wracking aspects of that legislation is still on its way. Ida Lieszkovszky of StateImpact Ohio has this report.

PoliticsOhio: Ohio's Election Sets Stage For 2012

Nov 11, 2011

For PoliticsOhio this week, Emily McCord speaks to Ellen Belcher, the former editor of the Dayton Daily News editorial page. The nation’s eyes have been on Ohio as voters overwhelmingly overturned Issue 2, the referendum on the law that limits collective bargaining rights. Belcher discusses the possible impact this will have on next year’s election. She also reports on the latest move by Tea Party groups who are proposing a constitutional amendment to prevent worker from being required to join unions, and says this may prove a problem for Ohio Republicans.

The co-founder of a tea party coalition in Ohio says it will push for a state constitutional amendment to prevent workers covered by union contracts from being required to join unions or pay dues.

The move by Chris Littleton and other members of the Ohio Liberty Council comes just days after voters handily defeated a state law curbing collective bargaining rights for public workers. Labor groups and opponents of that law poured more than $24 million into the campaign to reject the union restrictions.

Republican leaders of the Ohio legislature hint they might come back soon and try to pass parts of Senate Bill 5. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, Democrats in the Ohio Senate are sponsoring a bill that they say would prevent that from happening.

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