Becker has a dozen Republican co-sponsors, including Niraj Antani of Washington Twp., Candice Keller of Middletown, Nino Vitale of Urbana, and Paul Zeltwanger of Mason.
In early 2011, Ohio Gov. John Kasich pushed for Senate Bill 5, legislation that would have gutted collective bargaining rights for more than 715,000 teachers, firefighters, cops and other public employees in Ohio. Kasich signed the bill into law in March 2011 but Ohioans blocked it from taking effect in a referendum vote later that year. After 62 percent of Ohioans voted to block Senate Bill 5, Kasich stepped away from battling organized labor.
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“I know the governor is not going to get behind it,” Becker said of his bill.
House Bill 53 would eliminate any requirement that workers join a union as a condition of employment, pay union dues or pay a ‘fair share’ fee in lieu of dues. Making membership and dues voluntary could choke off funding and reduce ranks within labor unions in Ohio.
It would also remove a requirement that unions still represent so-called “freeloaders” who don’t pay dues or join the union.
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