Archive for the ‘OHIO’ Category

Apr
2012
3

Meth-Making Foreman, Crew of Undocumented Workers Highlight Need for Contracting Oversight

Meth-Making Foreman, Crew of Undocumented Workers Highlight Need for Contracting Oversight
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 …
Mar
2012
6

Ohio Dems Witness Organizing and Fundraising Boom, Expect the State to Go Obama’s Way in 2012

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…
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Feb
2012
24

Despite a Huge SB5 Loss in 2011, the Ohio GOP is Joining the 2012 “Right-to-Work” Crusade

Despite a Huge SB5 Loss in 2011, the Ohio GOP is Joining the 2012 “Right-to-Work” Crusade
Since Indiana became the Rust Belt’s first casualty of the 2012 “Right-to-Work” crusade, the forces that be in Ohio have ramped up efforts to make the matter an issue of public referendum in the Buckeye State as well. The organization Ohioans for Workplace Freedom is trying to gain the necessary 386,000 signatures to put on …
Jan
2012
4

Toledo Contractor With Criminal History Still Getting Contracts, Shipping Pot to Abandoned Homes

Toledo Contractor With Criminal History Still Getting Contracts, Shipping Pot to Abandoned Homes
A Toledo Blade investigatory piece has revealed that Toledo contractor Gregory Harris has a long history of thinking he is above the law. From drug charges to laundering and mail fraud, Harris has dabbled in various forms of crime — all while working as a contractor receiving city money for projects — for years. The …
Dec
2011
26

Ohio Dem Pushes for Law to Incentivize U.S. Hiring as Chamber Receives Largest JobsOhio Grants

Ohio Dem Pushes for Law to Incentivize U.S. Hiring as Chamber Receives Largest JobsOhio Grants
With Governor John Kasich’s JobsOhio program dishing out grants for the 2012 fiscal year, one Ohio Democrat is pushing legislation that would “encourage responsible and thoughtful economic development” by requiring corporations that receive state assistance to employ workers in the United States. Vindy.com published comments made…
Dec
2011
24

8 States to Begin 2012 With Higher Minimum Wage

One million workers in eight states will see wage increases next year according to this morning’s New York Times: The minimum wage increases in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington will be 28 cents to 37 cents an hour, according to the National Employment Law Project. That is an extra $582 to …
Dec
2011
13

CRAWLUMBUS, OHIO: Years of Neglect Have Left the Buckeye State In a Deep Infrastructure Hole

CRAWLUMBUS, OHIO: Years of Neglect Have Left the Buckeye State In a Deep Infrastructure Hole
Like many Rust Belt states, Ohio has countless needs when it comes to infrastructure repair. The roads are heavily traveled and covered in snow and salt for a decent part of the winter. As infrastructure funding has become a national issue, Ohio has been viewed as a prime example of the scar that years of …
Nov
2011
29

Cooper Tires Locks Out 1,050 Workers While CEO Sees Third Straight Year With Salary Raise

Cooper Tires Locks Out 1,050 Workers While CEO Sees Third Straight Year With Salary Raise
This morning, locked out workers picketed the Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. plant in Findlay, OH. Yesterday, plant officials told 1,050 workers they were on “extended holiday shutdown” and then announced they would try to continue on with temporary workers. The union workers, represented by Steelworkers (USW) Local 207, had been…
Nov
2011
17

Has the GOP Finally Lost the Faith of Working Class Whites?

Has the GOP Finally Lost the Faith of Working Class Whites?
The GOP’s goal of recapturing the White House in 2012 is looking less likely in the aftermath of Ohio’s SB5 repeal. Voting results show that many working class Whites broke party lines to vote against the measure. As the GOP distances itself from Labor in a time of economic hardship, their relationship with working class …
Nov
2011
8

Corporate Tax Evasion Study Flies in the Face of Speaker Boehner’s Dismissive Logic

Corporate Tax Evasion Study Flies in the Face of Speaker Boehner’s Dismissive Logic
The newest Center for Tax Justice (CTJ) Report shows what many Americans already know: the most profitable corporations in America aren’t paying their fair share of taxes and some of them are dodging them entirely. Thirty companies on the Fortune 500 actually enjoy negative tax income and a fourth pay less than ten percent: Looking …
Nov
2011
7

SB5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

SB5, 4, 3, 2, 1…
Only one day remains until Ohio elections and polling shows that Ohioans are likely to overturn the dirty work of Governor John Kasich and repeal SB5 (or Issue 2, as it appears on the ballot), the law that aims to strip collective bargaining rights from state employee. Polling shows a 20 percent lead (59-39) for opponents …
Nov
2011
1

New Anti-Kasich Ad Recalls the Governor’s Wall Street Past

New Anti-Kasich Ad Recalls the Governor’s Wall Street Past
A recent ad from the Our Future Ohio SuperPAC attempts to put Ohio Governor John Kasich back in the Wall Street box from whence he came. It’s not a new tactic. In fact, in an April 2010 article, Mother Jones pointed out that few 2010 cycle elections featured as much Wall Street talk as the …