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Gahanna-Jefferson teachers picket on Tuesday morning.
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Dozens of teachers held signs saying "Settle Now" in front of the Gahanna-Jefferson School District headquarters and Lincoln High school on Tuesday morning, after the teachers union voted to go on strike.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden took aim at President Donald Trump's values and economic policy during a drive-in style rally at a United Auto Workers Hall in Toledo Monday.

“I don't respect people based on whether they own a mansion,” Biden said “I don't judge them based on whether they belong to a country club. You and I measure people by the strength of their character.”

The secure ballot drop box at the Franklin County Board of Elections on Morse Road.
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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says more ballot drop boxes are needed for Ohio's fall election, and says union tradespeople are offering to make them at no cost so they can be put in place promptly.

Signs hang from windows at the UAW Local 1112 union hall, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Lordstown, Ohio.
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Ohio union leaders marked Labor Day with a call for better conditions for workers and a new website to help them secure a safe workplace, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Cleveland postal workers are facing the repercussions as the U.S. Postal Service experiences delays and managerial upheaval in the wake of changes enacted by the Trump Administration.

The recent slow mail delivery is due to changes put in place by the Trump Administration, said American Postal Workers Union Cleveland Area Local Chapter 72 President Daleo Freeman, which range from limiting overtime to new schedules and departure times for delivery trucks.

Rep. Crossman speaks to striking UAW workers after a press conference at the Statehouse Rep. Crossman speaks to striking UAW workers after a press conference at the Statehouse on October 16, 2020.
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Some Ohio House Democrats have introduced a bill that would allow their staffers to unionize. The move comes after furor over communication about a staffer testing positive for COVID-19.

Employees at many online retailers, grocery store chains and package-delivery services are planning labor actions Friday to protest what they describe as unsafe working conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, while others, put out of work by the disease, are using May Day to demand an end to stay-at-home orders they say are ruining livelihoods and irreparably harming the economy.

For grocery delivery worker Willy Solis, the last straw came when the app Shipt changed his pay — in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

It wasn't the first time that Shipt, owned by Target, had tinkered with that formula. Solis had complained about smaller paychecks and lack of pay transparency. But now he and others like him were putting their health on the line to do their work. Solis decided he had to take action. From his home in Denton, Texas, he logged on to Facebook and started organizing a nationwide walkout.

Labor Movements In The U.S.

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Tony Vacca stands in solidarity with GM workers currently on strike outside of the Parma plant on Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019.
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Labor union membership in the U.S. hit a record low in 2018, when just over one in 10 American workers were card-carrying members.

A few dozen janitors and supporters of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) demonstrated outside of Sherwin-Williams headquarters in Cleveland Thursday after they were notified the paint company is switching to a non-union contractor.

“Cleaning Sherwin-Williams is my main source of income that helps me provide for my 12-year-old daughter and my mother,” said employee Tiffany Gallego. “Janitors like me feel highly disappointed that after a combined decades of work cleaning, we are being let go.”

House Democrats and organized labor have thrown their support behind an updated trade agreement among the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The announcement came on the same day Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment against President Trump.

"This is a day we've all been working to," declared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "There is no question, of course, that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA. But in terms of our work here, it is infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration."

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Members of the United Auto Workers executive board Thursday approved Rory Gamble as president of the union through June 2022.

He was elevated from his acting role and will serve the rest of the term vacated by former president Gary Jones, who resigned last month after being implicated in a years-long federal investigation looking into embezzlement and bribery at the union.

The president of the United Autoworkers Union, Gary Jones, abruptly resigned Wednesday just as union leaders announced they would expel him and another top UAW official in an unfolding corruption scandal.

In a related development, General Motors (GM) filed suit against rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) alleging that the company bribed UAW officials in order to get favorable labor contracts and disadvantage GM.

Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reported that the UAW's International Executive Board unanimously voted to expel Jones.

School bus.
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A Cincinnati-area bus driver is getting her union dues back after a settlement prompted by last year’s "Janus v. AFSCME" decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Workers at the General Motors Lordstown assembly plant have built cars and a community for more than 50 years. Earlier this year, GM shuttered the plant, but hope had remained that it would not close permanently. GM’s new contract with union workers, approved Friday, dashed those hopes. 

WKSU joined workers on the picket line at the assembly plant last week for a final farewell to Lordstown.

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