Tea Party Group Pushes "Right To Work" Amendment

Nov 10, 2011

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.

More than 61 percent voted against the collective bargaining measure on Tuesday, marking one of the biggest victories in decades for the labor movement.

Littleton tells The Associated Press the "right to work" amendment is about freedom of choice in the workplace, not collective bargaining.