CINCINNATI: Some Ohio public employees whose contracts expire soon have been rushing to finalize new deals before the potential approval of a bill to limit their collective bargaining rights.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the quickened pace lets workers and local governments seek contract details, benefits and concessions that might not be negotiated if the bill passes the Legislature and takes effect in the next few months.
Cincinnati police agreed two weeks ago on a contract that holds their benefits steady through next year, and the city council is expected to vote soon on a contract extension for a union that covers middle managers.
A spokeswoman for the Ohio Education Association says teachers in Cincinnati-area districts and throughout the state also have taken steps to speed up contract renewals.
Information from the Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com.
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