Archive for the ‘OHIO’ Category

Oct
2014
14

In Small Town Ohio, Labor Broke Away from Democrats to Protect Workers, Community

In Small Town Ohio, Labor Broke Away from Democrats to Protect Workers, Community
  A movement is forming in American politics whereby labor organizations which are having trouble finding common ground with members of the Democratic party break away from their traditional alliances. The need to push for policy over party is what led to socialist candidate Kshama Sawant winning a seat on the Seattle City Council this...
Sep
2014
12

Court Action Keeps Dream of Early Voting Alive in Ohio, Despite Unrelenting GOP

Court Action Keeps Dream of Early Voting Alive in Ohio, Despite Unrelenting GOP
  A federal court has issued a preliminary injunction against cuts to the early voting period in the state of Ohio. The changes violate both the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), according to the decision.  The state must now restore the so-called “golden week” [&hellip...
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May
2014
8

Secretary of Hate: Top Ohio Official Withholding New Voting Rule Info from Minorities, Dems

Secretary of Hate: Top Ohio Official Withholding New Voting Rule Info from Minorities, Dems
  Emails obtained exclusively by Salon provide details of deliberations among Ohio Republicans seeking to change election laws in their favor prior to the midterm elections.  The emails involve Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, his general council, and his elections director.   The emails reveal plans to share information with some groups...
May
2014
6

Ohio Contractors Association Sues Akron to Prevent It From Hiring…Ohioans.

The Ohio Contractors Association (OCA) has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that local hiring requirements set forth by Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic violate the constitution of both the United States and the state of Ohio.  The lawsuit is based around requirements for contractors bidding on the Rack 15 Storage Basin project, a $1.4 billion...
May
2014
1

OH State Treasurer Praises “Shop Class,” Technical Training that Creates Careers

OH State Treasurer Praises
  While visiting a manufacturing facility in Youngstown, Ohio, State Treasurer Josh Mandel touted the importance of training workers for jobs in the skilled trades and encouraged more companies to participate in training programs for young workers.  Recognizing the achievements of two workers in the state’s Ohio Strong Initiative, Mandel...
Apr
2014
4

Ghost of Laws Passed: 3 Years On, Dems Honor Defeat of SB5, Tie It to Kasich in Re-election Bid

Ghost of Laws Passed: 3 Years On, Dems Honor Defeat of SB5, Tie It to Kasich in Re-election Bid
  On the third anniversary of Senate Bill 5 being signed into law, Ohio Democrats held events around the state to commemorate its eventual demise. Just months after the shining attempt to strip collective bargaining rights from public sector employees became official, 61 percent of voters opposed it in a public referendum. And no matter the...
Mar
2014
14

Relationship Between Ford, UAW Results in Shift of Production from Mexico to Cleveland

  The Ford motor company has announced that it will officially move production of a new series of commercial trucks from a plant in Mexico to a plant near Cleveland, OH.  Ford agreed to bring the jobs home during its contract negotiations with the UAW in 2011.   To prepare for the manufacturing of these [&hellip...
Jan
2014
17

OH Unions, State Senate, and Gov. Kasich Agree: Road Construction Funding Needs a Lift

  In Ohio, construction unions have joined Gov. John Kasich and the State Senate in endorsing a proposal to increase money for road construction through bonds.  If passed, the proposal will meet the Ohio voting public this year. Democrats tried to include an amendment in the Senate proposal that would have provided more money to [&hellip...
Jan
2014
13

REPORT: Ohio Charter Schools Closing at Alarming Rate, Students Left in Lurch

  The charter school movement has been labeled a success by those who support the pro-corporate education “reform” agenda, but for students in Columbus, OH, it has been plagued by failure.  In 2013 alone, Ohio’s capital city saw 17 charter schools close, of which nine opened this past fall and lasted only a few months. [&hellip...
Jan
2014
6

Labor-Backed School Construction Agreement Gets Court Nod in Ohio

  A northern Ohio battle over whether to use a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to develop the Lorain school district took a surprising turn last week. State involvement and broken contracts preceded the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas’ new order to move forward with the originally-approved PLA.  A lawsuit filed by the North Central...
Oct
2013
31

OH Gov. Kasich to Construction Union Workers (Really): “I Love What You Represent”

OH Gov. Kasich to Construction Union Workers (Really):
  On Monday, a dedication ceremony was held for the $150 million Hickory Bend natural gas liquid processing facility in Mahoning County, Ohio. The event brought together workers, local business leaders and Gov. John Kasich.  The facility represents a major milestone in the growth of the natural gas industry in the region.   Robert Skaggs,...
Sep
2013
26

Trades Pressure Ohio Univ. to Ditch Contractor Cited for Child Labor, Wage, Safety Violations

Trades Pressure Ohio Univ. to Ditch Contractor Cited for Child Labor, Wage, Safety Violations
  In Athens, OH, a newly launched campaign by ACT Ohio (the state’s Affiliated Construction Trades Council) seeks to inform Ohio University students and members of the surrounding community about the use of questionable contractors on campus construction projects.  The main focus of the campaign is Claypool Electric, a contractor which ACT...