Ohio Union Law Foes Want Repeal Before Deal

A group seeking to roll back an Ohio law limiting the negotiating powers of 350,000 unionized public workers says it will only consider negotiating a compromise with the governor after the bill is repealed.

We Are Ohio campaign director A.J. Stokes asked for a fresh start in a letter to Gov. John Kasich and Republican legislative leaders Thursday. He says repealing the measure would "go a long way toward creating an environment for compromise," restoring voters' trust in government and clearing the way for meaningful negotiations.

The letter follows Kasich's call Wednesday for union officials to join him at a meeting Friday to discuss a possible deal that would remove a repeal question from the Nov. 8 ballot. The deadline for doing so is Aug. 30.