Archive for the ‘OHIO’ Category

Apr
2015
9

Cleveland Building Trades Lock Project Labor Agreement for Dispatch Center Work

Cleveland Building Trades Lock Project Labor Agreement for Dispatch Center Work
  The Parma City Council has voted in favor of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council (CBCTC) for upcoming work on a regional dispatch center.  In total, the council voted on $647,000 of expenditures for the project, which is expected to be completed in August.  The project had [&hellip...
Apr
2015
6

Teach the Children Well: Cleveland Construction Unions Launch High School Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Jump-start Skilled Trades Careers

Teach the Children Well: Cleveland Construction Unions Launch High School Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Jump-start Skilled Trades Careers
  Students at Max Hayes Vocational High School in Cleveland, Ohio will now be able to participate in a pre-apprenticeship program that will introduce them to the building trades and ready them for construction careers after they graduate high school.  A recent deal with city will put the region’s unions in charge of the curriculum....
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Mar
2015
24

Despite No Imminent Threat, Ohio Worker Orgs Taking Precautions Against “Right-to-Work”

Despite No Imminent Threat, Ohio Worker Orgs Taking Precautions Against
  In Ohio, the organizers of the We Are Ohio movement that helped defeat SB 5 in 2012 held an event at Ohio University’s Baker Center Ballroom to warn against possible “Right-to-Work” legislation in the Buckeye State.  Gov. John Kasich says business executives don’t feel “Right-to-Work” is needed in Ohio, but the national...
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...
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...