Protecting Worker Rights
What is the Ohio Workplace Freedom Amendment?
The Ohio Workplace Freedom Amendment guarantees Ohioans have a choice in whether or not they join a labor union and pay dues or fees at their place of work as a condition of employment. Workplace freedom is about choice and Freedom of Association – the choice to join a union, and the choice to not join a union.
Workplace freedom guarantees that decision is left to each individual’s personal preference by insuring that no one is forced to pay union dues or fees just to have a job.
Unfortunately, Ohio is currently a “forced union” state. That means – if a workplace is unionized, in order to have a job at that place of business, you can be forced to pay union dues or fees just to have a job.
It takes just a few seconds – read full text of the Ohio Workplace Freedom Amendment Here
What DOESN’T the Workplace Freedom Amendment do?
The Workplace Freedom Amendment:
- DOES NOT end unions or forbid any union contract provisions other than forced dues or fees
- DOES NOT prevent unions from forming
- DOES NOT prevent anyone from joining a union
- DOES NOT apply to employees of the federal government (per federal law)
Why would we want to make Ohio a Workplace Freedom state?
1. Personal Freedom:choice should be protected for all Ohioans. No one should be forced to join a union or pay dues or fees against their will just to have a job. Freedom has no singular owner, nor should it. In guaranteeing workers their freedom of choice, we are protecting individual freedoms for all Ohioans.
2. Economic Growth: Workplace Freedom means – more job growth, increasing wages and more opportunities for everyone! See more on economic growth of workplace freedom states HERE.