Small business group backs Ohio's new union law

Aug 22, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's largest small business association is throwing its support behind a campaign that is defending the state's contentious new collective bargaining law against a repeal effort on the November ballot.

The law signed by Gov. John Kasich in March bans public employee strikes and restricts collective bargaining abilities for public workers.

The National Federation of Independent Business in Ohio said Monday its membership overwhelmingly supports upholding the law.

The association's executive director says the measure gives government officials the needed flexibility to control their costs.

It's not clear whether the group plans to contribute any money to the Building a Better Ohio campaign. But the association says it plans to mobilize its 24,000 small business owners to back the law.