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Right-to-work holdouts face new efforts to change labor laws

By JOHN SEEWER
Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A handful of states in the Midwest now surrounded by neighbors with so-called right-to-work laws are facing new efforts aimed at changing their labor laws.

In Ohio, two Republican lawmakers want to put the issue before voters in two years. Missouri's new right-to-work law will go to a statewide referendum in November.

It was just under six years ago that Indiana became the first Rust Belt state to enact right-to-work by blocking mandatory union fees in workplaces.

More followed suit, leaving Ohio, Illinois and Missouri nearly surrounded.

Right-to-work backers in those three states contend they're now at a disadvantage because they believe the laws make nearby states more business friendly and attract jobs.

But union leaders argue that right-to-work rules mean lower wages and less protection for workers.

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