Ohio Senate Narrowly Passes Labor Reform Package

Law360, New York (March 2, 2011, 7:18 PM EST) -- The Ohio Senate on Wednesday passed sweeping labor legislation that would outlaw strikes for public workers and limit their ability to bargain over benefits and working conditions.

Ohio senators voted 17-16 to pass Senate Bill 5, which makes changes to public employees' collective bargaining rights, compensation, layoff procedures and leave policies. Six Republicans joined Democrats in opposing the legislation.

The bill, which now heads to the Ohio House of Representatives, allows public workers to bargain over merit-based wage increases and health care premiums, but not pension...
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