The Economy & Business

Social Services
12:09 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Montgomery County Children’s Services Workers Could Strike

Children’s Services workers at Montgomery County could go on strike soon after contract negotiations with the county broke down early this week. Children’s Services facilitates foster care and adoption and works with abused and neglected kids and their families. About 230 county workers with the Professional Guild of Ohio (PGO) Council 12 are asking for higher pay increases than the county is willing to offer, and more than 100 protested at a county commission meeting Tuesday.

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Manufacturing
8:25 am
Thu June 5, 2014

In Effort To Benefit From Shale Boom, U.S. Steel Producers Struggle With Foreign Competition

Steel tubes are shuttled around a Timken facility in eastern Ohio
Credit Brian Bull / WCPN

Shale drilling across much of the United States has increased demand for steel pipe, which has benefited U.S. steel producers, but that picture is starting to change as foreign steel makers increasingly enjoy the payoff.

An analysis by the Economic Policy Institute shows U.S. steel imports spiked 26 percent in the first three months of 2014. South Korea, China and India are flooding the U.S. market with steel tubes used in oil and gas production and selling them at below-market rates, a practice called “dumping.”

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Jobs
11:49 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Walmart Protests Return To Dayton

Workers march to deliver "strike papers" to Walmart officials in a November, 2013 protest.
Credit Jerry Kenney / WYSO

A protest is coming to the Dayton Walmart on York Commons Wednesday as part of a week of protests and employee walkouts at Walmart stores around the country. Walmart workers and supporters of a living wage increase by the retail giant will be joined by State Rep. Connie Pillich (D-28). She believes an across-the-board wage boost would help struggling families.

“We’re talking about a living wage,” says Pillich. “We’re making sure that people at Walmart and other places in Ohio, can earn enough money and get enough work hours to support their families.”

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The Economy & Business
9:07 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Ohio Communities Get More Time To Complete Demolition Push

Ohio counties now have extra time to demolish and clean up thousands of vacant and nuisance properties after the attorney general’s office extended a deadline to use up demolition grant funds.

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Politics
10:31 am
Fri May 23, 2014

City Leaders Go After Kasich For Lost Local Government Funds

Cincinnati City Council member P.G. Sittenfeld with Dayton city workers, speaking out against the governor's cuts to municipal funds.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Leaders from Dayton, Cincinnati, and several other cities are calling on Republican Governor John Kasich to restore funds to local governments in a two-day tour called “Stop the Kasich Raid.” Municipalities have seen cuts in the last two state budgets totaling over $1.5 billion from several funding sources.

Speaking on the steps of Dayton City Hall, Cincinnati City Council member P.G. Sittenfeld targeted John Kasich for the rollbacks in local budgets.

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