House OKs OMA-Opposed Union Hiring Mandate

On June 21, in a 64-30 vote, the Ohio House approved House Bill 205, OMA-opposed legislation that would force defined manufacturers to hire union workers, establishing a precedent that could impact other industries. (Here are the House members who stood with manufacturers and voted against the bill.)

Earlier on the same day, Matt Austin, a Columbus-based attorney specializing in labor relations, testified against HB 205 on behalf of the OMA. He told the House Homeland Security Committee the bill is “overly broad, unduly burdensome” and gives unions “a virtual monopoly.” He added that the bill would worsen labor shortages and authorize a $10,000-a-day penalty on employers for non-compliance. Read and watch the OMA’s testimony.

The bill now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to face tougher opposition. 6/21/2023