1. ELECTIONS

    Ohio Rejects Anti-Union Law

    Image #: 15805568    Firefighters Thomas Eickelberger (L) and Todd Schlenk work at a phone bank urging voters to vote against a bill that limits collective bargaining rights for public safety in Hamilton, Ohio, October 20, 2011. An army of Ohio public employees have vowed to work phone banks and ring doorbells through election day on November 8 to fight a law which bans public worker strikes and so limits union negotiating power that opponents say it reduces "collective bargaining" to "collective begging.  REUTERS/Mary Wisniewski (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)       REUTERS/Mary Wisniewski /LANDOV

    Mary Wisniewski, Reuters / Landov

    It’s a victory for labor unions. Ohio voters struck down an anti-union law that would restrict collective-bargaining rights for hundreds of thousands of public employees. The controversial law, which was protested earlier this year, sends a strong message to GOP Gov. John Kasich. "It's clear the people have spoken," Kasich said after the measure went down 61 to 39. "I heard their voice. I understand their decision." And the organization that led to its defeat could be a huge boost to President Obama's efforts to win the key swing state, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

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