Governor Ted Strickland signed an executive order Tuesday allowing some home health care workers the right to unionize -- and he says he plans to also give child care providers the same right.
The order covers workers under independent contracts to carry out services for the state Departments of Aging and Job and Family Services.
It also covers workers at the Department of and Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
Critics say Strickland is sending a portion of budget increases for elder and child care to the unions that backed his election.
State Representative Bill Seize, a Cincinnati Republican, says the governor has no authority to regulate nonpublic workers in Ohio.