Ohio Supreme Court will hear Youngstown-area First Amendment case

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a portion of the state collective-bargaining law that requires a union to give 10 days notice to an employer before the union can do informational picketing is constitutional.

The case arises from a June decision by the Youngstown-based 7th District Court of Appeals that the 10-day notice requirement violates free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The appeal was one of only six statewide, which the top court agreed to hear in its announcement today.

The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the 7th District Court arose from peaceful informational picketing by the Mahoning County Education Association of Developmental Disabilities in November 2007.

For the complete story, read Thursday's Vindicator and Vindy.com

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