Right-To-Work Fight May Be Coming To Ohio Next


UPDATED: Tuesday December 11, 2012 5:31 PM

Police clashed with demonstrators outside of Michigan’s state capitol where thousands gathered to protest Right-To-Work legislation.

When it becomes law, it will be illegal to force workers to join unions or pay dues.

“You look at a place like Toledo, it's going to be hurt very badly by Michigan becoming a Right-To-Work state because businesses are going to move to Michigan across the border,” said Maurice Thompson.

Thompson represents an Ohio effort to place Right-To-Work on the ballot here next November.

The year long fight over Senate Bill 5 is still fresh in many Ohioans minds. The unions eventually won that fight.  Thompson says he and other conservatives have a tough task ahead.

“The primary opponent of Right-To-Work appearing on the ballot in 2013 in Ohio is not the Democrats or the unions.  It's the Republicans,” said Thompson.

Governor John Kasich said Monday that a right-to-work law is not crucial to the state’s ability to compete for jobs.

“I have an agenda that I think is going to benefit the state of Ohio,” Kasich said.   He pointed out Ohio is now first in the Midwest in job creation, and fourth nationally.

Ohioans for Workplace Freedom will need roughly 385,000 valid signatures by early July to qualify for the ballot.

With opposition from Democrats and unions, Thompson said the Kasich team is also working to cut off financial help for the right to work effort.

“We just want Republicans to be neutral and allow our fundraising to continue and allow this effort to take shape,” said Thompson.

Michigan's fight, like SB 5, has pitted Republican lawmakers versus unions.

Thompson said it should be up to voters.

He said of Ohioans don't decide the issue the year, they may get their chance  in 2014 when Kasich is on the ballot.

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