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Drilling in the six states that span the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations has produced far fewer new jobs than the industry and its supporters claim, according to a six-state study Policy Matters Ohio released last month with the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative.
Since 2005, more than 76,500 Ohio workers have been certified to receive help through TAA, and certifications in 2012 topped the number in 2011. But changes to the program, the gold standard in services for dislocated workers, will reduce coverage by eliminating help for service workers and restricting which manufacturing workers can benefit. Many previously eligible workers would not qualify under rule changes set to go into effect in 2014.
In our latest eNews, we weigh actual fracking jobs against industry claims, pull together recommendations to bring more and better jobs to Ohio, take stock of the labor market since August, examine the reason for the declining caseload of Ohio’s cash-assistance program, and send out a call to action to defend workers’ rights.
Clevelanders will stand with workers on Dec. 5 to raise fast-food worker wages and get the economy moving again. Protesters will gather at the McDonald’s on Memphis Avenue to speak out against poverty wages, support the call for a $15-per-hour wage floor for fast-food jobs, and defend people’s right to stick together in the workplace.
Courtesy of William Phillis and the Legislative Services Commission, here is a list of 151 things, some of them quite costly, that public schools are required to do that charter schools are exempted from:
State policy can help restore and create good jobs. It can drive investment in training and education. And what happens in Columbus can keep our workforce healthier and happier, help make work pay, and protect worker rights. This new policy brief pulls together our recommendations to help create an Ohio economy that works for everyone.
ProgressOhio's event honoring Paul Tipps was a great success. During Paul's long career he held nine elected political offices and was involved in international diplomacy, including state sponsored trips to China during the 70s, representing the president at a 1980 event in Israel, and chairing a task force to oversee Puerto Rican elections. He eventually began one of the most influential, independent lobbying firms in Ohio.
Pictures from the event are below: