Ohio Could End Forced Union Membership

By:  Alex Newman
11/14/2011
       
Ohio Could End Forced Union Membership

After voters rejected a measure on November 8 to rein in public-servant unions in Ohio, activists who led the successful campaign to nullify ObamaCare in the state are now trying to end government-mandated membership in labor organizations.  The constitutional amendment, known as the “Workplace Freedom Amendment,” would make Ohio one of almost two dozen “right-to-work” states in America. If approved by voters it would allow government and private-sector workers to freely choose whether or not to join a union and pay union dues.

 

After voters rejected a measure on November 8 to rein in public-servant unions in Ohio, activists who led the successful campaign to nullify ObamaCare in the state are now trying to end government-mandated membership in labor organizations.  The constitutional amendment, known as the “Workplace Freedom Amendment,” would make Ohio one of almost two dozen “right-to-work” states in America. If approved by voters it would allow government and private-sector workers to freely choose whether or not to join a union and pay union dues.

“No law, rule, agreement, or arrangement, shall require, directly or indirectly, any person or employer to become or remain a member of a labor organization,” reads the text of the proposed amendment. Federal employees in Ohio, however, would not be protected.  Individuals would still be free to join or support a union — if they so choose. And the measure would not affect already-existing agreements. But “Big Labor” is gearing up to fight anyway.   

Led by a broad coalition of Tea Party groups and conservative activists under the banner of Ohioans for Workplace Freedom, supporters say the initiative will increase individual freedom while improving the state economy. And with current economic conditions, more jobs could be a major selling point for the plan — especially with studies showing that “right-to-work” states generally have higher employment and wages with a lower cost of living. 

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