In 2007, and again in 2008, Governor Strickland signed executive orders that significantly expanded the scope of unionization in Ohio. The executive orders provided a legal framework for certain unions to organize independent home health care providers and home child care workers. These are individuals who work for themselves, but obtain reimbursement from the State. Governors in other states, like Illinois and Michigan, took similar actions in the 2000s as well.
As a result of the executive orders, the SEIU organized about 7,000 home health care workers. The AFSCME union organized about 6,800 child care providers. The labor contracts that the Strickland Administration subsequently negotiated with these two unions required all of the workers to pay union dues to the respective unions. Those contracts expired in 2012.
Governor-Elect Kasich indicated his intent to reverse the Strickland-era executive orders. Not surprisingly, the statement drew strong rebuke from the two unions who represent the employees.
The unions were repealed.
Fair Share: Yes - $25/month
Health Insurance: NO
Contract: Expired on June 301, 2010