This morning, the Service Employees International Union announced that it will ask to remove Issue 4, the Ohio Healthy Families Act, from the November ballot. This Act, if passed, would have required employers to provide seven days of paid sick leave to most employees. The decision to remove the ballot issue was made after months of discussion with Governor Ted Strickland, who announced his opposition to the ballot issue after efforts to reach a compromise failed. After the compromise negotiations ended, Gov. Strickland and his office persisted in discussions with the SEIU, resulting in today's announcement.
Additional efforts to enact some form of paid leave law may arise later through normal legislative channels, either at the state or federal level, but for now, it appears that the proposed Ohio Healthy Families Act is dead.