Ohio Voters Reject Republican-Backed Union Limits

Ohio voters Tuesday appeared certain to approve a ballot measure overturning some new restrictions on collective bargaining by state employees — with Gov. John Kasich conceding it was “clear the people have spoken.”

Early returns showed a large majority of voters rejecting a law that would have restricted the powers of unions representing teachers, police officers, fire fighters and other public-sector workers, The Wall Street Journal reported.

With 35 percent of precincts reporting, about 62 percent of voters in a referendum voted against the Republican-backed law, known as Senate Bill 5, while 38 percent supported it.

The vote’s likely final outcome was a victory for Democrats and organized labor, who had mobilized to roll back the Republican-backed law stripping Ohio public employees of many collective bargaining rights. The nation’s biggest labor unions spent about $25 million to defeat the measure.



Sign up for our daily email and get the stories everyone is talking about.


Previous post

Mississippi Defeats Life at Conception Ballot Initiative

Next post

Deficit-Cutting Supercommittee Members Still Far From Compromise

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.