A right-to-work proponent isn't sure whether Ohio will follow
Michigan and Indiana in becoming right-to-work states, but he's not
ruling out the idea entirely.
December 12 article in The Cincinnati Enquirer
questioned whether Ohio is the next right-to-work battlefront.
While he has since backed off on the statement, the head of the
Dayton-area Chamber of Commerce has been quoted as saying that the
first question companies have when discussing locations involves
right to work.
Meanwhile, a group called Ohioans for Workplace Freedom is
trying to get the issue on a ballot, and Ohio's Senate minority
leader, Democrat Eric H. Kearney of Cincinnati, says Republicans
are trying to introduce right-to-work legislation next year.
However, Kearney did not identify those Republicans.
Fred Wszolek of the Workforce
Fairness Institute says the issue is complicated by competition
with right-to-work states.
"The governor is saying he is reluctant to go there. But then,
Governor Snyder in Michigan was reluctant to go there too, until a
state on its border -- Indiana -- became a right-to-work state," he
"Then Governor Snyder started seeing that a lot of his calls to
businesses about wanting to build new plants weren't getting
returned, but the governor of Indiana's were. Michigan has long had
to compete with right-to-work states, but they were [states] in the
Wszolek says if businesses start relocating from Toledo, Ohio,
to Monroe, Michigan -- cities a mere 20 miles apart -- so they can
be in a right-to-work state, the governor of Ohio is going to have
to consider changes.
Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed right-to-work
legislation into law.