Players in Ohio Union Issue Downplay Wisconsin Impact

Aug 10, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Groups in Ohio say the outcome of Wisconsin recall elections involving a collective bargaining overhaul will have little bearing on whether a similar law in Ohio is repealed this fall.

We Are Ohio spokeswoman Melissa Fazekas said Tuesday that the scenarios in the two states aren’t comparable.

In Wisconsin, Republican politicians who signed onto the law are being challenged. In Ohio, voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to keep the law that limits public unions. Ohio's constitution makes no provision for recalling elected officials.

Jason Mauk of the Building a Better Ohio group defending the law says "Ohioans aren't looking to another state to tell them where they should stand."

The Ohio law limits bargaining abilities for more than 350,000 government employees.