Eyes of nation on Ohio vote on union-limiting law

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11/5/2011 3:45:22 PM - AP News
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fight over Ohio's new collective bargaining law pits the union rights of public workers against Republican efforts to shrink government and limit the reach of organized labor.A ballot question called Issue 2 will asks voters on Tuesday to accept or reject a voluminous rewrite of union rules signed by Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) in March.Labor expert Lee Adler of Cornell University says the outcome of the election will be a gauge nationally of how the public feels about public workers, labor unions and government spending.The legislation, known as Senate Bill 5, affects more than 350,000 police, firefighters, teachers, nurses and other government workers. It sets mandatory health care and pension minimums, bans public worker strikes, scraps binding arbitration and prohibits seniority-based promotions.