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Gov. Kasich Signs Collective Bargaining Bill

March 31, 2011, 12:22 pm | Posted by ecook
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FPL partnered with Catholics United to host this news conference

Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed Senate Bill 5 into law, which limits the bargaining rights of 350,000 public workers.

Labor unions already are planning to put the bill up for a statewide referendum in November. Teaming with the Ohio Democratic Party, union members will market their campaign as “We are Ohio” in order to stop the pending limitations on collective bargaining.

In order to give voters the final say on the issue, SB 5 opponents will need to gather more than 231,000 petition signatures within a 90-day window of time. Union workers report intense interest in helping.

Ohioans of faith may prove to be a swing vote for both sides courting the community that regularly attends church. At a news conference Thursday, Kurt Bateman of Catholics United joined other faith leaders opposed to SB 5 in vowing to fight for the bill’s defeat.

“I’ve been online with a number of people who’ve already said, ‘Where do I get my petition,” Bateman said. “People will come to this out of their heart, and I think that there’s a lot of faithful folks in the state of Ohio who understand that these basic rights are endemic to our faith.”

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