Governor urges supporters to defend Ohio union law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is urging supporters to help defend the contentious collective bargaining law that limits public employee unions.

Opponents of the new law have been circulating petitions in an effort to have the measure repealed. They need more than 231,000 valid signatures by June 30 to get the issue on the November ballot.

The law bans public employee strikes and restricts bargaining rights for more than 350,000 teachers, police officers and others.

In an e-mail Thursday, Kasich directs supporters to a website for Building a Better Ohio, a coalition recently formed to help keep the new law in place.

Thursday's email was the first sign of Kasich's involvement with the group. The Republican governor has said he planned to play a visible role in defending the law.