The 1983 Ohio and Illinois Public Employee Bargaining Laws McCollum, James K.

The right to strike and collective bargaining privileges are two powerful tools that unions are able to bring to bear upon management. Initially, union leaders agitate for wage increases, but as that desire is somewhat slaked other concessions begin to dominate their negotiation agendas. Primary among them is health care benefits. In light of Ohio's 1983 law extending collective bargaining and strike privileges to its public employees, it is expected that state school districts will experience a significant increase in pressure by teachers' unions to expand such benefits to their members.