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Push to make Ohio a 'Right to Work State'

"Ohioans For Workplace Freedom" "Ohioans For Workplace Freedom"

This week the Michigan legislature pushed through an amendment to become a ‘Right to Work State."

 Meaning people who work in unionized companies will now have the choice of whether or not to pay dues.  It also means no one can be denied employment because they refuse to join a union.

The new law does not ban unions it just makes joining them optional.  The move was met with extreme protest in the State House this week and now there are questions of whether or not this could happen in Ohio.

One fear is that companies may be lured away to Michigan because they know they will not have a total unionized work force.  The down side is of course there is no protectionism against companies taking advantage of workers who've chosen not to join the union.

There is a group, "Ohioans For Workplace Freedom," that is starting a petition to try and get a similar amendment passed in Ohio.  There move is to try and get it on a ballot and put it to a public vote.   

They need 385,253 signatures to be placed on the fall ballot.

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