Ohio "Right-to-Work" Amendment (2013)

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The Ohio Labor Union Dues Amendment did not appear on the November 2013 ballot in the state of Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have kept workers who were covered by labor contracts from having to join a union or pay union dues, according to reports. The measure was sponsored by the Ohioans for Workplace Freedom. The proposed amendment surfaced quickly after the rejection of Issue 2, the 2011 veto referendum on the labor-related Senate Bill 5.[1][2][3].


The measure was sponsored by Ohioans for Workplace Freedom.[4]



  • United Auto Workers Local 1714[4]


  • Dave Green, President of United Auto Workers Local 1714, argued that right-to-work laws are unfair for the union because non-members get the same benefits as members without having to pay for it. Of the measure, he said, "Clearly we're opposed to it. It creates really an unfair disadvantage for us because you get these free riders in the union. People who pay no dues, but by federal law we still have to represent them."[4]


See also: Polls, 2012 ballot measures
  • On February 14, 2012, a poll was released by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, showing support for the measure, also known as a "right to work" measure. The margin of error for the poll was 2.6%.[5]

Date of Poll Pollster In favor Opposed Undecided Number polled
February 7-12, 2012 Quinnipiac University Polling Institute 54% 40% 6% 1,421

Path to the ballot

2012 attempt

In order for the measure to make the ballot, supporters must have collected 385,247 valid signatures from state registered voters by the July 4, 2011 petition drive deadline.

On November 21, 2011, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine stated that the wording of the ballot question was not detailed enough for the proposal to be given permission to circulate for signatures.[1]

Then on February 1, 2012, DeWine stated that the measure's supporters submitted a "fair and truthful" version of the summary, and would be allowed to circulate signatures.[2]

The measure did not make the ballot, however, as the Ohio Secretary of State's office reported only one measure filing signatures by the deadline.[6]

2013 attempt

Supporters began collecting signatures for an attempt at the 2013 ballot. To achieve placement, they were required to turn in 385,247 names to the secretary of state by July 3, 2013. A call to the Secretary of State's office on July 8, 2013 confirmed that no signatures were submitted by the deadline.[4]

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