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Ohio Voters Could Decide Fate of Law Restricting Collective-Bargaining Rights

A coalition of union supporters called We Are Ohio says it has gathered more than three times the number of signatures needed to get placed on the November ballot a referendum to repeal a recently passed state law denying collective-bargaining rights to most public-college professors, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The law the campaign seeks to repeal scales back the collective-bargaining rights of all state employees and effectively prevents many faculty members from engaging in collective bargaining at all, by classifying them as managers, exempt from union representation, if they engage in any of several activities traditionally associated with their jobs. The law will go into effect if the repeal campaign fails.

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