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,...
BREAKING: FBI to Investigate Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Administration for Bribery Relating to Gubernatorial Appointments
A developing story out of Ohio is getting the attention of the progressive press: the FBI is currently investigating claims that Governor John Kasich made promises of political influence and threatened the jobs of those who would not help him replace those in power with his cronies. Two months ago, Portage County Republican Party Chairman ...
The Steel Industry is growing thanks to a more stable economy and demand resulting from the influx of natural gas drilling across the nation. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in Ohio, the nation’s second largest steel producing state, where the industry is expanding at a rapid pace, according to a New York Times ...
Building Trades unions have been protesting at Cleveland State University, demanding that more local hiring be done and that prevailing wages be honored on the school’s new $50 million “Campus Village” residential project. As we reported earlier this month, labor leaders from the construction industry want the project to be built...
A perfect example of the need for responsible contracting measures can be found in Kent, Ohio where an out-of-state contractor from Alabama provided the low bid, came to town, and employed 23 undocumented immigrants in order to pay them substandard wages. The foreman of the crew responsible for building the 596-unit student housing complex was ...
An article published this morning suggests that Ohio Governor John Kasich’s hot pursuit of anti-collective bargaining legislation last year has caused tremendous damage to the Republican party in 2012 and provided Democrats with a tangible boost: Ohio Democrats are enjoying greater fundraising and the unlikely return of middle class...