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WYSO's coverage of the 2011 Election

State Chamber Of Commerce Supports Collective Bargaining Law In Ballot Fight

 COLUMBUS, Ohio  - The Ohio Chamber of Commerce has pledged to put money and the clout of its 6,000 business members behind the state's new collective bargaining law.

The board of the state's largest business advocacy group agreed today to help defend the law against a repeal effort on the November ballot. The board members did not decide how much money to spend on the campaign.

Ohio voters will decide the fate of the contentious union law signed by Governor John Kasich in March. It bans public employee strikes and restricts bargaining for more than 350,000 state employees and other public workers.

The chamber is also supporting a proposed amendment to Ohio's Constitution that would prohibit any federal, state or local law from forcing Ohioans to participate in a health care system.

Stories from the Associated Press.