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Ohio House committee to hear sponsor's testimony on right-to-work proposal


COLUMBUS, Ohio — A state legislative panel in Ohio plans to hear testimony on a proposal that would bar private employers from requiring workers to join or pay dues to a labor organization.

Such right-to-work laws have been enacted in 25 states. Ohio's bill is slated to get its first hearing Tuesday afternoon before the House Commerce and Labor Committee.

Right-to-work proposals have not gained traction in the Ohio Legislature, particularly after the state's voters overwhelmingly rejected collective bargaining limits for public employees in 2011.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has said such legislation is not his priority.

The supporters of right-to-work legislation have argued that it would help the state attract more businesses and make it competitive. Opponents claim it would weaken unions and could lead to lower wages.

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