Archive for the ‘OHIO’ Category

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...
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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...
Jan
2014
6

Labor-Backed School Construction Agreement Gets Court Nod in Ohio

  A northern Ohio battle over whether to use a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to develop the Lorain school district took a surprising turn last week. State involvement and broken contracts preceded the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas’ new order to move forward with the originally-approved PLA.  A lawsuit filed by the North Central...
Oct
2013
31

OH Gov. Kasich to Construction Union Workers (Really): “I Love What You Represent”

OH Gov. Kasich to Construction Union Workers (Really):
  On Monday, a dedication ceremony was held for the $150 million Hickory Bend natural gas liquid processing facility in Mahoning County, Ohio. The event brought together workers, local business leaders and Gov. John Kasich.  The facility represents a major milestone in the growth of the natural gas industry in the region.   Robert Skaggs,...
Sep
2013
26

Trades Pressure Ohio Univ. to Ditch Contractor Cited for Child Labor, Wage, Safety Violations

Trades Pressure Ohio Univ. to Ditch Contractor Cited for Child Labor, Wage, Safety Violations
  In Athens, OH, a newly launched campaign by ACT Ohio (the state’s Affiliated Construction Trades Council) seeks to inform Ohio University students and members of the surrounding community about the use of questionable contractors on campus construction projects.  The main focus of the campaign is Claypool Electric, a contractor which ACT...
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...
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...