labor unions

Ohio Democratic Party chair David Pepper
Ohio Public Radio

A new union representing campaign workers that had criticized the Ohio Democratic Party over pay and benefits has reached a tentative settlement.

Ohio Governor John Kasich
Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

Gov. John Kasich talked about one of his favorite subjects – partnering with community colleges to develop workers’ high tech skills – as he opened the Midwestern Governors Association workforce summit Wednesday.

Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a landmark ruling that overturns 40 years of precedent and ends compelled union dues for public employees. Now, a right-leaning think tank is going a step further and mailing literature to make sure public employees in Ohio know they don’t have to pay into the union. 

Updated at 6:10 a.m. ET

Voters in Missouri have overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work law passed by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature that would have banned compulsory union fees — a resounding victory for organized labor that spent millions of dollars to defeat the measure.

With about 98 percent of the precincts reporting, the "no" vote on Missouri's Proposition A, which supported the law, was running about 67 percent, with nearly 33 percent voting "yes."

Thirteen socialists walk into a West Virginia bar.

It's a Saturday evening in early July, and the North Central West Virginia chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America is getting together at a brewery outside of Rivesville.

Everyone here has their own stories for how they came to socialism. For chapter co-founder Kelley Rose, a 36-year-old who works for a nonprofit helping young adults stay in school and find jobs, religion played a big part.

Thousands of union workers and retirees rallied at the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday, July 12 all on Congress to pass a plan that saves their pensions.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Members of the U.S. Congress left Capitol Hill and held a special meeting in Columbus on the national pension crisis. Pension plans for more than one million union workers and retirees are in danger of collapse if something isn’t done soon. More than 60,000 Ohio workers could be impacted.

A large rally forms outside the Ohio Statehouse. Union workers and retirees call on Congress to pass a plan that saves their pensions. The rally is in anticipation of a special Congressional committee meeting to be held in Columbus on the issue.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Thousands of union workers and retirees flocked to the Statehouse from around the country. They’re rallying in Columbus for a fix to what they see as a national pension crisis – the day before a field hearing by a Congressional committee examining the issue.

The labor groups say, without a change, their funds will dry up.

Medina Republican Larry Obhof
Ohio Senate

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on union dues caused a national stir, and sent a shock wave to labor groups in Ohio.

US Supreme Court
Joe Ravi / Wikimedia commons

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's political podcast from WOSU Public Media, we discuss the Supreme Court's decision on public employee unions and the possible conflicts of interest in the sexual harassment investigation of state Sen. Bill Seitz.

A classroom at Cleveland's John Hay High School.
Ashton Marra / Ideastream

More than 100,000 Ohio teachers who are members of their local unions could soon feel the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision Wednesday.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday against public sector unions, drawing swift condemnation from Democrats and labor activists concerned about the effect on collective bargaining.

Updated at 10:50 a.m. ET

In a blow to organized labor, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers who choose not to join a union cannot be charged for the cost of collective bargaining.

The vote was a predictable 5-4. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion with the court's conservatives joining him.

Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, left) and Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) are two of the leading contenders to be the next speaker of the Ohio House.
Ohio House

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's political podcast from WOSU Public Media, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk about what's fueling the chaos in the Ohio House. While legislative business has slowed to a standstill, amid Republican in-fighting, Ohio's governor candidates are busy vying for union support.

Ohio Republician Governor Candidate Mike DeWine talks with members of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18.
Mark Urycki / Ideastream

In what could be a close gubernatorial race this year, Republican nominee Mike DeWine picked up a labor union endorsement today. A nod for a Republican is not unusual for the International Union of Operating Engineers.

U.S. Supreme Court
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Over the weekend, thousands of public employees rallied in state capitols across the country including Columbus ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing in Washington Monday.

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