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WYSO's coverage of the 2011 Election

Business executives group endorses Ohio union law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A group of Ohio business executives is urging voters to uphold a new state law that places restrictions on public employee unions.

The Ohio Business Roundtable is endorsing Issue 2 on the November ballot, urging a yes vote to affirm what it calls "reasonable and common sense reforms." The group says the changes will help local communities manage finances and deliver services without raising taxes. It says localities face fiscal challenges it attributes primarily to the cost of labor agreements.

The new law bans public employee strikes and restricts collective bargaining rights for more than 350,000 teachers, police officers, state employees and others.

It was passed without any Democratic votes and signed by Gov. John Kasich in March. Voters are being asked whether to keep or repeal the measure.