Archive for the ‘OHIO’ Category

Aug
2016
26

Ohio Building Trades Partner With Lucas County to Attract Private Dollars, High-Paying Jobs

Ohio Building Trades Partner With Lucas County to Attract Private Dollars, High-Paying Jobs
  Public and private entities in Northwest Ohio have joined forces to form a job-creating investment fund called “Lucas County Builds.” The fund is the result of a partnership between the Lucas County Commissioners, the Northwest Ohio Building Trades, the Carpenter’s Council, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, and the...
Jul
2016
29

MISS THIS? Nearly 100K Ohioans Being Paid Below the Minimum Wage

MISS THIS? Nearly 100K Ohioans Being Paid Below the Minimum Wage
  Ohio’s minimum wage for hourly workers is $8.10. That’s 85 cents more than the prevailing federal minimum wage. Why, then, are almost 100,000 Ohioans earning hourly wages equal to or below the federal level? Experts attribute the disparity to a variety of factors, including labor laws that allow employers in some cases to pay...
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May
2016
27

With Statewide Project Labor Agreement Ban Defeated, Toledo Votes to Require Them

With Statewide Project Labor Agreement Ban Defeated, Toledo Votes to Require Them
  In the wake of an attempt by GOP members of the state legislature to ban Project Labor Agreements in Ohio, the city council of Toledo voted to make them mandatory on all public works projects over $100,000.  The decision was an easy one for the council, which voted 9-2 vote with the support of [&hellip...
May
2016
6

SB 152, Which Aimed to Ban Local Hiring Quotas and Project Labor Agreements in OH, Shot Down

SB 152, Which Aimed to Ban Local Hiring Quotas and Project Labor Agreements in OH, Shot Down
  The Ohio Senate has rejected Senate Bill 152, which would have both banned local hiring quotas and Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on public works projects.  The move comes just days after the House voted in favor of the measure by a 51-42 margin.  In what should have been a sign of what was to [&hellip...
Feb
2016
5

Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives

Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives
  In front of a full chamber hall, the Cincinnati city council voted to impose stiffer penalties on companies who do business with the city and commit wage theft.  Cincinnati becomes the first Ohio city to pass such an ordinance.  The ordinance was proposed by Vice Mayor David Mann.  It passed on a 7-2 vote, [&hellip...
Feb
2016
1

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI
  While union membership rates remained unchanged nationally from 2014 to 2015, they dropped significantly in the state of Wisconsin. For the first time in its history, the state fell below the national average.  In 2015, only 8.3 percent of Wisconsin’s workforce paid dues to unions, or a total of 223,000 workers.  In 2014, roughly...
Dec
2015
11

Ohio’s Looming “Right-to-Work” Fight Features Familiar Falsehoods

Ohio's Looming
  The Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee heard testimony for HB 377, a law which would prohibit the collection of union dues from public sector workers who do not wish to be part of the union but are still entitled to the benefits of collective bargaining.  This is a complicated way of saying “Right-to-Work.” [&hellip...
Oct
2015
1

Overcoming Post-SB5 Fears, Ohio County Clerks Unionize to Fight Serious Health Violations

Overcoming Post-SB5 Fears, Ohio County Clerks Unionize to Fight Serious Health Violations
  More than four years after the passage and eventual rejection of Ohio’s SB5, a draconian anti-labor bill that aimed to stripped collective bargaining rights from state workers, the unionization of Cuyahoga County Clerk’s provides a shining example of why these rights are so vital.  A mini-exposé for the Cleveland Scene...
Sep
2015
25

Ohio Anti-Gerrymandering Bill Unites Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO

Ohio Anti-Gerrymandering Bill Unites Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO
  Ohio Ballot Issue 1, a plan to create fair redistricting and prevent gerrymandering, is enjoying bipartisan support and even making strange bedfellows in the Buckeye State.  Criss-crossing the state in support of the measure are two former state lawmakers, Republican Matt Huffman (from Lima) and Democrat Vernon Sykes (from Akron), who are...
Jun
2015
23

In Important Last-Second Switch, OH Senate Committee Keeps Project Labor Agreements in Play

  The Ohio Senate Finance Committee softened House language which would have prevented Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on publicly funded construction projects.  The move was part of a series of amendments to the two-year budget plan.  A vote on the final Senate budget is expected soon.  If the changes remain in the Senate’s final budget...
Jun
2015
19

Yes, Really: Anti-Union Associated Builders & Contractors Pursue Bills to Ban Local Hiring in OH

Yes, Really: Anti-Union Associated Builders & Contractors Pursue Bills to Ban Local Hiring in OH
  In Ohio, two bills are currently being considered by the General Assembly, House Bill 180 and Senate Bill 152, that would prohibit cities from using geographic hiring preferences on construction projects.  Such preferences are often written into Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) to ensure that the local workforce is given preference...
May
2015
27

Home Health Care Workers Lose Right to Bargain Collective in OH

Home Health Care Workers Lose Right to Bargain Collective in OH
  Ohio Governor John Kasich last week rescinded the rights of in-home health care workers to collectively bargain, reversing the course set by his predecessor, Ted Strickland, in 2007.  Kasich used executive authority in issuing an EO that turned the employees into independent contractors, arguing that Obamacare made Strickland’s moves...