Help ‘Kickstart’ Walmart Workers’ Documentary 05/21/2014

Mike Hall Many of us know the hardships that Walmart workers in the U.S. and in  Walmart’s global supply chain endure. But their stories need to be told far and  wide, and you  have the chance to bring Walmart workers’ battle for justice to a wider  audience Michael Blaine and Kiley Kraskouskas’ film “Can’t Take It No More!”  will tell the stories of four workers across Walmart’s global empire who are  standing up, mobilizing their co-workers and communities, and striving to build  […]

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ACLU Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging Ohio’s Latest Attempts to Slash Early Voting Opportunities

Cuts by Ohio Legislature and Secretary of State Eliminate Opportunities Used by More than 157,000 Voters in 2012 May 1, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: 212-549-2666, media@aclu.org COLUMBUS, Ohio – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to strike down a new state law and a directive from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted that have slashed early voting opportunities in Ohio in advance of the 2014 election. The ACLU and the ACLU […]

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URGENT: Tell Your Senators to Raise the Minimum Wage

While giving 30 million workers a Fair Minimum Wage should be a no-brainer, passing this bill is not a sure thing. Most senators still need shoring up and political cover for their vote as businesses continue to lobby against the bill. They need to hear from the majority of voters who believe raising the wage floor is an essential part of our economic recovery. In other words: they need to hear from you. Tell Your Senators: Raise the Minimum Wage […]

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Petition Walmart for fair wages

To the Community:I’m 27 years old, I’m trying to finish my college degree and I work at Walmart. I started working there while I was in college and stayed because I was promised an opportunity to have a career. But, three years later, I’m not in a     better position at Walmart. I make $9.25 an hour and I still only work part time. That means every week I have to choose between eating and paying my     bills—and forget about […]

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Over 800 city employees to get 2.5% pay increases

Special from The Toledo Blade More than 800 city of Toledo employees were granted a pay raise Tuesday, retroactive to Jan. 1, that will cost taxpayers an extra $1.4 million this year.Toledo City Council voted 11-1 to approve the 2.5 percent wage increase reached by the Collins administration and Local 7 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. Councilman Tom Waniewski cast the lone dissenting vote, as he did two weeks ago regarding an identical pay increase […]

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Ohioans United: Let your voice be heard

Governor Kasich likes to claim he’s looking out for middle class Ohioans, but look at his record. Kasich has been shifting the state tax burden away from the wealthy and on to middle and low income Ohioans. These tax policies gave the wealthiest 1% of Ohioans a $6,000 tax break, while those in the bottom 20% will pay $12 more. If you are fed up with John Kasich’s policies, click here to join with Ohioans United and get the word out about […]

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Bring call center jobs back home

Tell your Senators to support Senator Bob Casey’s U.S. Call Center Consumer and Worker Protection Act. It would build jobs in America by: 1 Creating a customers’ right to know – so outsourcers and offshorers can’t hide behind secrecy. 2 Forcing companies that outsource abroad to return federal funding – because our hard earned tax-dollars shouldn’t support shipping American jobs to foreign countries. 3 Giving you the right to be transferred to a U.S.-based operator. But we need your support! […]

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Ohio Governor Says Right-To-Work Isn’t On Agenda

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) says a proposal to restrict union fees in the Rust Belt state is not on his agenda. Supporters of a right-to-work proposal in Ohio have been circulating petitions for a ballot measure that would keep workers covered by labor contracts from having to join a union or pay dues. The measure comes after Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected collective bargaining limits for public employees in 2011. See rest of this news […]

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The Supreme Court Case That Could Clobber Public-Sector Unions

A “radical” argument to make the entire United States a right-to-work nation January 21, 2014 at 4:05 p.m. William Messenger of the National Right to Work Committee asked the Supreme Court today to hold that public employee unions are unconstitutional. “This is—I’m just going to use the word here, it is a radical argument. It would radically restructure the way workplaces across this country are—are run,” Justice Elena Kagan said from the bench. Since 1948, she pointed out, states have […]

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The Journal Newsletter: November 2013

This past year, there was a small glimmer of hope that so-called Right to Work legislation had been tabled here in Ohio, possibly indefinitely. Perhaps our legislators were still stinging from the big-time rebuke the voters in this state handed them when we voted down Senate Bill 5 in a state-wide referendum. But some folks just can’t take “No” for an answer, and now, like the proverbial bad penny, they’re back. On the local evening news, it was recently reported […]

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