Now, these are our kind of flip-flops. The ongoing saga surrounding the use of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for construction in the Lorain School District of Northeast Ohio has taken a turn for the worker-friendly with the school district asking to go back to the original plan of using PLAs. This, in response ...
Latest Research Shows 117 ALEC Model Bills, Many Anti-Worker and Wage, Have Been Introduced in Statehouses During 2013
New research from the Center for Media and Democracy shows that in 2013 at least 117 bills have been introduced that resemble model bills from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). These bills help fuel a “race to the bottom” approach to American wages that greatly favor ALEC’s corporate membership at the expense of ...
In Northern Ohio, a fight has been brewing surrounding Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). In March, the Lorain City Council scrapped PLAs, in particular the implementation of one for local high school construction. The 8-2 anti-PLA vote went against the wishes of Mayor Chase Ritenauer. Now, the North Central Ohio Building and Construction...
The opening of the Marcellus and Utica Shale for natural gas drilling has brought a wave of business to Ohio that was expected to create jobs for local residents. While some Ohioans have found work in this booming industry many have simply seen the jobs they are qualified for go to out of state workers. ...
In Eastern Ohio, the two locals of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are enjoying the benefits of a wave of construction in the area. Business is booming thanks to the drilling of the Marcellus and Utica shales with other major projects ready to commence. For Locals 64 and 573 the foreseeable future will ...
As Shale Gas Work Comes to Mahoning County, Building Trades Look to Ensure Mahoning Workers Get the Jobs it Brings
In Mahoning County, Ohio, members of the building trades may have made inroads towards getting work on a new Hickory Bend cryogenic plant slated for Springfield Township. The $300 million project will help ship natural gas collected from the region’s Utica Shale by shipping “wet” gas via truck and sending “dry” gas...
Prevailing Wage Mandate for Jefferson County, OH Road Construction Is Latest Positive Effect of the Shale Boom
In Stubenville, Ohio a road maintenance agreement has been signed between Enterprise Liquids Pipeline and Jefferson County that will mandate prevailing wages on all road work stemming from construction of a liquid ethane pipeline. This pipeline will bring natural gas produced in Pennsylvania and Ohio to Texas for refinement. Liquid ethane is being...
OH Gov Kasich Using Taxpayer Money to Pay Biased Firm to Sway Taxpayer Opinion of Turnpike Privatization
As avid readers of this blog know, Ohio is looking to privatize its turnpike system despite the complete disaster its neighbor state Indiana went through following similar action in 2006. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, meanwhile, has already spent $3.4 million of the state’s money for the Texas-based firm KPMG to explore how a deal would ...
Massive Davis-Bacon/Prevailing Wage Settlement at Nissan Plant Reaches 124 Workers, Contractors in Four States
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the recovery a total of $787,000 in back wages for 124 workers who performed work on the Nissan Plant in Smyrna, TN. Five separate contractors were found to not abide by Davis-Bacon standards on the federally funded project which renovated an existing plant to enable them to build ...
Ohio Governor John Kasich has inched one step closer to leasing his state’s turnpike in order to generate funding for much-needed infrastructure renovations. At a time when innovative means of financing are being desperately sought to reverse the trend of deteriorating roads and bridges nationwide, Kasich’s goals are commendable....
In the Midwest, Downballot Races and Ballot Measures are Arguably as Important as the Presidential Election
With the election quickly approaching, all eyes on are the Obamney campaigns, but organized labor is looking to regain its voice in Midwest swing states like Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin through a host of other races and issues. The rise and fall of the middle class is contingent upon the rise and fall of workers’ ...
Under Pressure, Ohio Abandons Suppressive Voting Hours and GOP Favoritism; Pennsylvania Stays on Democracy-Crushing Course
As pressure mounted to end a perceived voter suppression campaign, Ohio Secretary of State John Husted announced Wednesday that all counties in the Buckeye State will abide by uniform early voting hours. Originally, counties were making their own hours via four-person election boards with Husted acting as the tie-breaking vote. Not surprisingly,...