Republican Governor John Kasich said last week that “right-to-work” legislation, which weakens labor unions, isn’t on his agenda.
That’s not the same as saying he would fight or veto it.
The divisive measure should not be enacted. Putting aside the likely partisan explosion, Ohio’s voters signaled as recently as 2011 that they do not favor such measures.
Democrats fret over a “December surprise” — the possible passage by a lame-duck, Republican-dominated legislature, after this November’s statewide election, of a right-to-work measure. That’s what happened in Michigan 1 ½ years ago.
Two Republican right-to-work bills are pending in the Ohio General Assembly – House Bill 151, sponsored by Rep. Kristina Roegner of Hudson, and House Bill 152, sponsored by Rep. Ron Maag of Lebanon.