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Ohio lawmakers pass bill barring higher education employees from striking

The Higher Education Enhancement Act is now headed to Governor Mike DeWine’s desk.
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Employees at public universities and community colleges in Ohio would not be able to strike under a new bill passed by lawmakers./ Photo: Shutterstock

Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill that would ban employees at public universities and community colleges from striking. 

Introduced by Senator Jerry Cirino, the Ohio Higher Education Enhancement Act would prohibit employees of any state institution of higher education to strike. It would also ban schools from requiring diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training for students, staff or faculty. 

“This sweeping and exhaustively detailed legislation is meant to ensure students get what they pay for – a world-class education that will give them top value in the workforce and the tools needed to help them succeed in life,” Cirino said in a statement. 

The bill passed both the House and Senate and is now headed to Governor Mike DeWine’s desk.