State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today applauded the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court case Friedrichs vs. California, which challenged fair share fees for public non-union employees who benefit from collective bargaining negotiations that increase wages and bring better benefits and safety protections in the workplace. The court split 4-4, effectively preserving precedent requiring public employees to pay fair share fees for benefits associated with union representation. 

“I believe that everyone who works should be able to makes ends meet, have a say in their futures, and have the right to negotiate together for better wages and benefits that can sustain their family,” said Lepore-Hagan. “While we may have won the battle today, there is still more to be done to ensure workers keep their fundamental collective bargaining rights.” 

In 2011, Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected Senate Bill 5, a measure to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. The Ohio legislature is currently considering House Bill 377, legislation to bring Friedrichs-like restrictions to Ohio and turn the state into a Right to Work is Wrong state. 

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