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Kasich Talks High-Tech Job Skills At Governor's Association Summit

Sep 20, 2018

Governor John Kasich (L) and Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Hackett
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Ohio Governor John Kasich talked about teaming up with community colleges to develop workers' high tech skills  as he opened the Midwestern Governors Association workforce summit Wednesday in Columbus. 

He also discussed what he says won't be changing about Ohio's workforce.  Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports. 

Eight of the 12 midwestern states are so-called right to work states, which ban requiring that workers pay union dues as a condition of employment. But Kasich – who was a key backer of the collective bargaining reform law that was repealed by voters in 2011 – told attendees that Ohio won’t be.

“We are not a right to work state. We don’t intend to be, at least as long as I’m here – but I’m only here four more months. But I didn’t see it as any kind of advantage at all. And I hope we can maintain the integrity and respect our organized labor in our state.”

The group also heard from Ford CEO Jim Hackett about another of Kasich’s top topics – autonomous vehicles – which Hackett says will dramatically redesign roads and transportation systems.