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Ohio bill bans worker strikes, punishes walkouts


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio legislative committee is nearing a vote on a bill to restrict collective bargaining for the state's 350,000 teachers, firefighters, police officers and other workers.

The committee chairman says he has the support to get the bill to the full Senate, but wanted to give lawmakers a chance to review some proposed changes Wednesday.

The revisions include a ban on public employee strikes and call for penalties if workers take part in walkouts. The bill would limit vacation and sick time.

Some 8,500 labor sympathizers turned out Tuesday to protest the measure at the Statehouse in Columbus.

Collective bargaining restrictions have sparked debate in statehouses across the country, most notably in Wisconsin, where a scheduled vote on a similar bill prompted Democratic lawmakers to flee the state.

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