Archive for the ‘OHIO’ Category

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. ...
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 ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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....
Oct
2012
8

In the Midwest, Downballot Races and Ballot Measures are Arguably as Important as the Presidential Election

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’ ...
Aug
2012
17

Under Pressure, Ohio Abandons Suppressive Voting Hours and GOP Favoritism; Pennsylvania Stays on Democracy-Crushing Course

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,...
May
2012
18

BREAKING: FBI to Investigate Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Administration for Bribery Relating to Gubernatorial Appointments

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 ...
Apr
2012
26

Ohio’s Surging Steel Industry Getting Big Investments from French, Japanese Partners

Ohio’s Surging Steel Industry Getting Big Investments from French, Japanese Partners
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 ...
Apr
2012
16

Building Trades, Ohio State Rep Hold Press Event for Prevailing Wages, Local Hire at CSU

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...