Ohio is one of the very few countries that doesn’t have a comprehensive labor relation law. SO, doesn’t belong to the group of states that enforce the “right-to-work” law. It stands in the middle of everything, and this puts the worker in a hard spot.The old labor law gives all power over workers to the NLRA aka National Labor Relations Act. Quite some states comply with this law and every worker within it is required to join a union that will represent them. On the other hand, you have states in which every worker has to sign a so-called “yellow dog contract” with the employer in which they promise that they won’t join any union.
Ohio labor bills that hurt workers
In Ohio, only railroad workers have the freedom to choose on whether they want to join a union or not. All other employees don’t have a say in that, and they have to join a union. It places them in a hard spot as employers are trying to force the change, and they aren’t willing to discuss anything with union representatives.The state of Ohio keeps to old labor laws that ignore the free will of people. They force them to join unions that represent them in negotiations with employers, talks in which they don’t participate. Some of the exceptions apply to companies that have regional and international status. Businesses like that don’t fall under that law, and their workers aren’t required by the law to join the union.But this doesn’t mean that workers are free to choose whether they want to be a part of the union or not. No, their employers will force them to sign an agreement where they promise that they won’t be a part of the union. This isn’t fair for the employee as they lose the option to turn toward the union and request help in negotiations for better wage and other worker rights.
What needs to change in Ohio?
Workers have to be able to decide on whether they want to become a part of the union. This is the only meaningful change that needs to happen. Both sides are trying to stop this from happening as they will lose their grip on the workforce.Unions are against this change because they will lose many employees. That means that they won’t have enough people for collective bargaining and thus they lose benefits they gain from workers. You might not know, but unions get some exclusive benefits when they negotiate on behalf of workers. Fewer people they have, less power in negotiations they can exercise, this is why they are against this new law.Employers hate unions because they allow their workforce to gain benefits they wouldn’t get without them. Company owners want their workers silent, and that isn’t possible if they can choose whether to join a union or not. They want their workers to stay out of any organizations and not to question whether their benefits are as good as they can be.