State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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. 

“Today is a great day for working families, who have been under constant attack both here at home and across the nation,” said Howse. “The Supreme Court’s ruling has reaffirmed the constitutional right of working people to come together to negotiate for fair wages and safe workplaces. Ohioans voiced their support for collective bargaining rights when they voted to overturn Senate Bill 5, and now the highest court in the land has spoken as well.”

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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