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Unions to protest Ohio collective bargaining bill

By admin Published: February 22, 2011

Associated Press

COLUMBUS: An Ohio hearing on a bill that would strip public employees of collective bargaining rights is expected to bring thousands of protesters to the Statehouse in Columbus.

Unions say thousands of their members and supporters will rally at the state capitol Tuesday afternoon as lawmakers hold a hearing on state Senate Bill 5.

The Republican-backed measure would end collective bargaining rights for state workers and restrict teachers, firefighters, police, university employees and local workers in their bargaining abilities.

Supporters say the measure could help control spending and provide more flexibility for cash-strapped governments.

In a news release, protest organizers call the bill a misguided measure that does nothing to create jobs. They say it will hurt all workers in Ohio.

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