Hundreds rally against proposed national right-to-work law


COLUMBUS -- Hundreds of people gathered at the Ohio Statehouse for the Working People's Day of Action.

"My fear is that unions get disbanded," said Elaine Mates, a union member.

Mates was part of the group of people who stood in the rain to rally against proposed federal legislation that would make Ohio a Right-to-Work State.

"It's very scary because you don't know if you're going to still have your job if they get rid of the union," said Carzella McGlothin, who drove from Cleveland to attend the rally.

Those in support of unions say they want to protect the middle class and access to reasonable wages.

"Since I've been 18 years old, I've been working in a union shop," David J. Adam said. "I've made good wages, I've raised kids, I've sent them to college."

On the other side of the debate, right-to-work backers believe the laws make states more business friendly and help to lure in more jobs.

The National Right to Work Act would repeal five provisions in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and one in the Railway Labor Act (RLA) that mandate the handling of union fees.

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