Ohio Bill to Be Altered to Allow Wage Negotiations

Ohio Senate leaders say they plan to change a collective bargaining bill to allow state workers the chance to negotiate wages, but the measure would now ban public employees from striking.

Senate President Tom Niehaus told reporters Wednesday the change comes after lawmakers considered testimony on the bill. Niehaus, a Republican, says he doesn't view the revisions as a compromise of the bill's intent.

State Sen. Kevin Bacon says the state Department of Administrative Services suggested that keeping some sort of collective bargaining would be more cost-efficient than eliminating it entirely.

The initial bill called for a ban on collective bargaining by state workers. It has drawn thousands of protesters to the Statehouse and prompted a visit by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

No vote is scheduled on the proposal.