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Members of United Auto Workers Local 1112 are more skeptical than optimistic after the announcement Wednesday that General Motors is in talks to sell its Lordstown plant to Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group, an upstart maker of electric trucks.

Many are shocked the company would rather sell the plant than assign a new GM vehicle to be built in Lordstown.

One of Ohio’s key supporters of the controversial anti-union measure “right to work” says he’s not going to push for it anymore. 

People gather at the Supreme Court awaiting a decision in an Illinois union dues case, Janus vs. AFSCME, in Washington.
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

A city of Columbus employee is challenging a provision in her union contract that limits when she can opt out of paying dues.

Protesters at Sen. Rob Portman's office in downtown Columbus rally against the government shutdown.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

A group of activists gathered Friday afternoon outside Sen. Rob Portman’s office to encourage him to do more to end the partial government shutdown.

Rep. John Becker (R-Cincinnati) testifies before the House Finance Committee on his bill before a room packed with union members who oppose it.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Members of the Ohio House came back to work for their first day since the election to face a room packed with opponents of a bill on public employee unions. The bill may not go far, but union members were determined to show their opposition.

Debbie Holmes

Central Ohio's Kroger employees have agreed to a new labor deal.

People gather at the Supreme Court awaiting a decision in an Illinois union dues case, Janus vs. AFSCME, in Washington.
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

A national "right to work" group is suing Ohio labor unions, saying they can't require public employees to pay dues.

Ohio Democratic Party chair David Pepper
Ohio Public Radio

A new union representing campaign workers that had criticized the Ohio Democratic Party over pay and benefits has reached a tentative settlement.

Ohio Governor John Kasich
Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

Gov. John Kasich talked about one of his favorite subjects – partnering with community colleges to develop workers’ high tech skills – as he opened the Midwestern Governors Association workforce summit Wednesday.

Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a landmark ruling that overturns 40 years of precedent and ends compelled union dues for public employees. Now, a right-leaning think tank is going a step further and mailing literature to make sure public employees in Ohio know they don’t have to pay into the union. 

Updated at 6:10 a.m. ET

Voters in Missouri have overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work law passed by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature that would have banned compulsory union fees — a resounding victory for organized labor that spent millions of dollars to defeat the measure.

With about 98 percent of the precincts reporting, the "no" vote on Missouri's Proposition A, which supported the law, was running about 67 percent, with nearly 33 percent voting "yes."

Thirteen socialists walk into a West Virginia bar.

It's a Saturday evening in early July, and the North Central West Virginia chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America is getting together at a brewery outside of Rivesville.

Everyone here has their own stories for how they came to socialism. For chapter co-founder Kelley Rose, a 36-year-old who works for a nonprofit helping young adults stay in school and find jobs, religion played a big part.

Thousands of union workers and retirees rallied at the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday, July 12 all on Congress to pass a plan that saves their pensions.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Members of the U.S. Congress left Capitol Hill and held a special meeting in Columbus on the national pension crisis. Pension plans for more than one million union workers and retirees are in danger of collapse if something isn’t done soon. More than 60,000 Ohio workers could be impacted.

A large rally forms outside the Ohio Statehouse. Union workers and retirees call on Congress to pass a plan that saves their pensions. The rally is in anticipation of a special Congressional committee meeting to be held in Columbus on the issue.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Thousands of union workers and retirees flocked to the Statehouse from around the country. They’re rallying in Columbus for a fix to what they see as a national pension crisis – the day before a field hearing by a Congressional committee examining the issue.

The labor groups say, without a change, their funds will dry up.

Medina Republican Larry Obhof
Ohio Senate

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on union dues caused a national stir, and sent a shock wave to labor groups in Ohio.

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