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January 12, 2005

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Ohio Turnpike workers issued a strike notice Tuesday, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
The strike threat was issued a day after Pennsylvania Turnpike officials announced that the flat fee tolls collected during a recent strike there were so successful, they could be the basis for a revised toll structure.
The Ohio Turnpike Commission has authorized the use of flat toll rates if workers strike. It's a plan that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission used with success while its workers were on strike during the busy Thanksgiving holiday.
Labor analysts say Ohio Turnpike employees should take note of what happened to workers in Pennsylvania.
"They went on strike and they weren't missed, and that's not the type of situation you want to happen," said Gary Chaison, professor of industrial relations at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.
Ohio Turnpike workers could go on strike Jan. 21 at the earliest after giving a 10-day strike notice Tuesday, said Gary Tiboni, president of Teamsters Local 436.
It would be the first strike since the Ohio Turnpike opened in 1955.

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