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Ohio Senate Republicans to Amend SB-5, Drop Complete Ban on Collective Bargaining
Jason Mauk, a spokesperson for Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus, said Wednesday that a group of Republicans have agreed to change the bill’s specifics.
Mauk said, “we’ve put forward terms that better reflect the variety of voices we’ve heard.”
The new proposal will continue to allow public workers to collectively bargain through unions for wages, hours and work conditions, and instead ban bargaining for worker benefits and eliminate binding arbitration.
Another planned amendment by Republican lawmakers will ban public employees from striking.
Niehaus told WLWT Cincinnati Wednesday that the changes were a result of this week’s testimony on the bill, and did not reflect any change of the bill’s overall intent.
It remains to be seen whether or not the proposed changes will satisfy opponents of the bill who see it as an outright attack on unions.