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Akron council passes resolution opposing right-to-work push

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: April 16, 2013

Akron City Council passed a resolution this week opposing a statewide push to get a right-to-work amendment on the November ballot.

"This is union busting," said Councilman Jeff Fusco. "It is driven by the tea party and big money."

The group pushing the constitutional amendment that would ban forced union membership or dues deductions, has gathered about 100,000 signatures and would need 386,000 to put the proposal before voters in November. If supporters fall short, they will instead get the issue on the ballot in 2014, according to a recent Youngstown Vindicator article.

Indiana and Michigan both recently adopted right-to-work.

The group says on its website, "Our goal is to secure workplace freedom for all Ohioans by amending the constitution to guarantee the freedom of Ohioans to choose whether to participate in a labor organization as a condition of employment."

George Johnson, president of the Akron chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), thanked Akron City Council for adopting the resolution. About a dozen union leaders and members attended Monday's council meet to show their support.

Summit County Council adopted a similar resolution this week.



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