Gov. Ted Strickland has sent letters to 500 business leaders and organizations inviting them to help find a compromise to keep a paid sick days mandate off the November ballot.
Strickland is trying to bring business leaders and labor groups together by Sept. 5, the last day that an initiative can be taken off the November ballot.
A labor coalition is close to getting a measure on the ballot that would require businesses with 25 or more employees to provide at least seven paid sick days a year to full-time workers.
Strickland is concerned that the measure as currently written will hurt Ohio's economy. He encouraged businesses in a letter Tuesday to work with backers of the sick-day initiative to work toward an agreement on a less rigid policy.