Ohio Gov. John Kasich is making his first personal appearance to campaign for a collective bargaining overhaul he signed into law this spring.
The Republican governor plans an appearance Thursday at the storied Toledo restaurant Tony Packo's at Front and Consaul Street at 6:30 p.m. He'll be joined by Toledo Mayor Michael Bell, a former firefighter who appeared in campaign ads favoring the law. A spokeswoman for Building a Better Ohio says if capacity is reached, the venue could be changed.
Opponents are seeking to overturn the law, which limits the bargaining abilities of 350,000 teachers, nurses, firefighters, police and other public workers around the state. It bans strikes, scraps binding arbitration and eliminates teacher step increases.
A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday showed more Ohioans disapprove than approve of both Kasich and the union law.