Budget change eliminates union rights for Ohio care workers

COLUMBUS (AP) — Independent health-care and child-care workers under contract with the state could not unionize under a change Republican senators in Ohio have made to the state budget.

The revision added Wednesday would make permanent an order from Republican Gov. John Kasich that nixed the collective bargaining rights of those workers and prevent a future governor from allowing them to unionize.

Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee had sought to restore those union rights. But Republicans who dominate the committee changed the Democrats’ amendment to make Kasich’s executive order permanent.

The Senate committee was debating its latest revisions to the two-year, $71.3 billion budget bill at a Wednesday hearing before it planned to vote on the measure.

The spending plan funds state operations for the two years beginning July 1.

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