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Ohio Voters Repeal Collective Bargaining Rights Law

Hemera/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Voters in Ohio have handed a victory to public employees after repealing a collective bargaining law that limits union rights.

The law, supported by Republican Gov. John Kasich, would have banned public employee strikes and required higher contributions for health care and pensions. It would have also eliminated seniority-based promotions.

Despite Kasich's appeal to the public that the law was needed to save the state money, voters sided with union leaders, who said the law was a threat to public safety and middle-class workers.

In another key issue facing Ohioans, voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday night that exempts citizens from any national health reform mandate. However, officials say the vote could be invalidated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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