Posts Tagged ‘Ohio’

Jul
2016
29

MISS THIS? Nearly 100K Ohioans Being Paid Below the Minimum Wage

MISS THIS? Nearly 100K Ohioans Being Paid Below the Minimum Wage
  Ohio’s minimum wage for hourly workers is $8.10. That’s 85 cents more than the prevailing federal minimum wage. Why, then, are almost 100,000 Ohioans earning hourly wages equal to or below the federal level? Experts attribute the disparity to a variety of factors, including labor laws that allow employers in some cases to pay...
May
2016
6

SB 152, Which Aimed to Ban Local Hiring Quotas and Project Labor Agreements in OH, Shot Down

SB 152, Which Aimed to Ban Local Hiring Quotas and Project Labor Agreements in OH, Shot Down
  The Ohio Senate has rejected Senate Bill 152, which would have both banned local hiring quotas and Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on public works projects.  The move comes just days after the House voted in favor of the measure by a 51-42 margin.  In what should have been a sign of what was to [&hellip...
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Feb
2016
5

Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives

Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives
  In front of a full chamber hall, the Cincinnati city council voted to impose stiffer penalties on companies who do business with the city and commit wage theft.  Cincinnati becomes the first Ohio city to pass such an ordinance.  The ordinance was proposed by Vice Mayor David Mann.  It passed on a 7-2 vote, [&hellip...
Feb
2016
1

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI
  While union membership rates remained unchanged nationally from 2014 to 2015, they dropped significantly in the state of Wisconsin. For the first time in its history, the state fell below the national average.  In 2015, only 8.3 percent of Wisconsin’s workforce paid dues to unions, or a total of 223,000 workers.  In 2014, roughly...
Dec
2015
11

Ohio’s Looming “Right-to-Work” Fight Features Familiar Falsehoods

Ohio's Looming
  The Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee heard testimony for HB 377, a law which would prohibit the collection of union dues from public sector workers who do not wish to be part of the union but are still entitled to the benefits of collective bargaining.  This is a complicated way of saying “Right-to-Work.” [&hellip...
Nov
2015
5

With Prop 1’s Passage, Ohio Voting Districts Achieve Unprecedented Transparency, Fairness

With Prop 1's Passage, Ohio Voting Districts Achieve Unprecedented Transparency, Fairness
  Voters in Ohio overwhelmingly passed Proposition 1, a bipartisan plan to end gerrymandering in the state.  The margin was a whopping 72-to-28 percent.   As we wrote in September, a diverse group of supporters including the League of Women Voters, the Chamber of Commerce, and the AFL-CIO made the victory possible.  The bill, sponsored...
Sep
2015
25

Ohio Anti-Gerrymandering Bill Unites Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO

Ohio Anti-Gerrymandering Bill Unites Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO
  Ohio Ballot Issue 1, a plan to create fair redistricting and prevent gerrymandering, is enjoying bipartisan support and even making strange bedfellows in the Buckeye State.  Criss-crossing the state in support of the measure are two former state lawmakers, Republican Matt Huffman (from Lima) and Democrat Vernon Sykes (from Akron), who are...
Jun
2015
23

In Important Last-Second Switch, OH Senate Committee Keeps Project Labor Agreements in Play

  The Ohio Senate Finance Committee softened House language which would have prevented Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on publicly funded construction projects.  The move was part of a series of amendments to the two-year budget plan.  A vote on the final Senate budget is expected soon.  If the changes remain in the Senate’s final budget...
Apr
2015
9

Cleveland Building Trades Lock Project Labor Agreement for Dispatch Center Work

Cleveland Building Trades Lock Project Labor Agreement for Dispatch Center Work
  The Parma City Council has voted in favor of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council (CBCTC) for upcoming work on a regional dispatch center.  In total, the council voted on $647,000 of expenditures for the project, which is expected to be completed in August.  The project had [&hellip...
Mar
2015
24

Despite No Imminent Threat, Ohio Worker Orgs Taking Precautions Against “Right-to-Work”

Despite No Imminent Threat, Ohio Worker Orgs Taking Precautions Against
  In Ohio, the organizers of the We Are Ohio movement that helped defeat SB 5 in 2012 held an event at Ohio University’s Baker Center Ballroom to warn against possible “Right-to-Work” legislation in the Buckeye State.  Gov. John Kasich says business executives don’t feel “Right-to-Work” is needed in Ohio, but the national...
Nov
2014
25

Bold Turkey: Pair of OH Dems Introduce Bill to Triple Thanksgiving Wages, Let Workers Opt Out

Bold Turkey: Pair of OH Dems Introduce Bill to Triple Thanksgiving Wages, Let Workers Opt Out
  Two Ohio lawmakers are proposing a bill that would have retail employees earn three times their normal rate of pay if they choose to work on Thanksgiving. House Bill 360 would allow workers to refuse to work on Thanksgiving without fear of adverse affects on their wages, hours, or employment status.  Under the proposal, [&hellip...
May
2014
8

Secretary of Hate: Top Ohio Official Withholding New Voting Rule Info from Minorities, Dems

Secretary of Hate: Top Ohio Official Withholding New Voting Rule Info from Minorities, Dems
  Emails obtained exclusively by Salon provide details of deliberations among Ohio Republicans seeking to change election laws in their favor prior to the midterm elections.  The emails involve Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, his general council, and his elections director.   The emails reveal plans to share information with some groups...