Ohioans to vote on collective bargaining law

Liberal groups force referendum

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“Ohio voters now have a choice to make,” Mr. Mauk said in a statement. “We can keep the unfair, unsustainable policies that are bankrupting our communities, or we can change direction and give them the tools they need to create jobs and get spending under control.”

The referendum’s clearance for the ballot came as the head of the AFL-CIO met in Columbus with community organizations, religious groups and representatives from the Ohio Conference of the NAACP.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka would not say how much money the nation’s largest labor federation planned to spend in the ballot effort, only that the organization planned to devote resources and people to help repeal the law.

“And we think that the people in Ohio and the people in America think that people like Gov. Kasich are going in the wrong direction — that he overreached, that he used a tough budget time to try to scapegoat public employees and try to destroy a ladder into the middle class,” he said.

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