Most Ohio union workers affected by insurance rule

by News on October 6, 2011

in Government Employee Unions, State and Local, Union Politics and Transparency

By Julie Carr Smyth/Bloomberg Businessweek

Employees of more than 550 school districts, townships and other government units across Ohio will see their share of health care costs rise if voters approve a collective bargaining law this fall, state data show.

Widespread impact of the provision is fueling arguments on both sides.

Supporters say having employees pay a bigger share of their health care costs will bring them in closer alignment with private sector workers and help balance local budgets. Opponents say the data validate that the union-limiting bill will hurt tens of thousands of average workers around the state, who will be required by the law to spend more on benefits.

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