The Unionization Process: Ohio
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Emily C. Fiftal, Frantz Ward LLP
- For most private sector employers in Ohio, labor union organizing and labor relations are governed solely by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which has exclusive jurisdiction and overrides most state laws in this area. See Right to Organize and Bargain Collectively.
- Where the NLRA has no jurisdiction, state law can apply. See Right to Organize and Bargain Collectively.
- Ohio is not a right to work state. See No Right to Work Law.
- Government entities and actors cannot excessively regulate speech, symbolic or otherwise, endorsing or opposing unions. See The Right to Free Speech.