Teachers weigh extra dues to fight Ohio union law

COLUMBUS, OH (AP) - Members of Ohio's largest teachers' union are considering whether to pay a one-time, $50 increase in dues to support an effort to overturn the state's new collective bargaining law.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Education Association says 111,000 active union members would pay the extra dollars under a proposal that was to be voted on Friday afternoon.

If approved, the union would stand to take in more than $5.5 million.

Spokeswoman Michele Prater says the dollars could be spent on advertisements and to help gather the signatures needed to ask voters to overturn the measure this fall.

Ohio's new law affects more than 350,000 teachers, firefighters and other public workers. They can negotiate wages and certain work conditions but not health care, sick time or pension benefits.

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