As Election Day nears, Issue 2 backers, critics ramp up campaigns

by News on October 11, 2011

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

By John Michael Spinelli/

With Election Day less than a month away, backers and critics of Ohio State Issue 2, which performs radical surgery on the state’s decades old collective bargaining bill, are making their pitches to pass or defeat the measure.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has pushed for the changes to the state’s collective bargaining bill from his first day on the job, is touring the state, meeting up with other Republican leaders like Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder and Senate President Tom Niehaus in barn appearances.
Kasich and company say letting SB 5, which limits the bargaining abilities of 350,000 teachers, nurses, firefighters, police and other public workers around the state, stand will help reward teachers who perform and work the hardest and give public managers another tool to control their costs.

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