Archive for the ‘OHIO’ Category

Aug
2013
22

Building Trades Unions Witnessing Significant Regional Membership Gains Thanks to Natural Gas Plant Construction

  In West Virginia, members of the Building Trades are finding quality work building the infrastructure for the next wave natural gas development.  As the drilling of the Marcellus Shale continues, plants that handle its valuable ethane and butane are popping up in the region and local workers are being paid well to build them. [&hellip...
Aug
2013
21

Misclassified Ohio Hotel Workers Win Nearly $50,000 in Back Pay

Misclassified Ohio Hotel Workers Win Nearly $50,000 in Back Pay
  In Ohio, 67 workers who were misclassified as independent contractors by Midwest Lodging LLC will receive $47,654 in back pay after an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.   In hiring the workers through a temp agency, Midwest Lodging attempted to skirt their responsibilities and labeled the workers...
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Aug
2013
2

Ohio School District Trying to Get Back PLAs It Voted Away

Ohio School District Trying to Get Back PLAs It Voted Away
  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 [&hellip...
Jul
2013
25

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...
Jul
2013
23

Northern Ohio Building Trades Sue School Officials for Rescinding Project Labor Agreement

  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...
Mar
2013
6

Natural Gas Boom Brings Thousands of Jobs to Ohio, but Ohioans Aren’t Getting Them…

Natural Gas Boom Brings Thousands of Jobs to Ohio, but Ohioans Aren't Getting Them...
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. [&hellip...
Feb
2013
26

Ohio IBEW Locals Experiencing Full Employment Thanks to Natural Gas Expansion

Ohio IBEW Locals Experiencing Full Employment Thanks to Natural Gas Expansion
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 [&hellip...
Jan
2013
24

As Shale Gas Work Comes to Mahoning County, Building Trades Look to Ensure Mahoning Workers Get the Jobs it Brings

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...
Jan
2013
10

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...
Dec
2012
12

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 [&hellip...
Nov
2012
21

Massive Davis-Bacon/Prevailing Wage Settlement at Nissan Plant Reaches 124 Workers, Contractors in Four States

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 [&hellip...
Oct
2012
10

If You Believe That, I’ve Got a Bridge to Lease You! (Ohio Edition)

If You Believe That, I've Got a Bridge to Lease You! (Ohio Edition)
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....