COLUMBUS, Ohio—With the aid of some $100 million in tax breaks, Amazon has created about 6,000 jobs in Ohio in the past three years—but more than 10% of those workers are getting food stamps, according to a report released Jan. 5 by Policy Matters Ohio.
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Labor leaders and advocates say a bill intended to stabilize the state’s unemployment-compensation fund would do it by cutting benefits for workers who’ve lost jobs.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—Gov. Eric Greitens’ political-action committee has contributed $750,000 to a group opposing the union-backed ballot initiative to repeal Missouri’s “right to work” law.
BALTIMORE, Md.—The Baltimore Teachers Union has asked the city to close public schools that are unable to provide adequate heat until they can be repaired, after teachers reported classroom temperatures in the 40s during the early January cold wave.
TORONTO, Ontario—Franchise owners who reacted to an increase in the province’s minimum wage by cutting workers’ pay and benefits are using “a bully tactic,” Unifor, Canada’s largest union said Jan. 5.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.—In the session that opens Jan. 9, the Florida legislature will take up a bill that public-sector unions fear could wipe them out.
ALBERT LEA, Minn.—A six-hour negotiating session Dec. 28 between Mayo Clinic Health System executives and SEIU Healthcare Minnesota resulted in “little progress,” union bargaining team member Marlene Baseman told KIMT-TV.
WASHINGTON—A top federal appeals court has unanimously rejected an attempt to weaken the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 2016 rule covering workers’ exposure to silica dust.
GEORGETOWN, Del.—The Sussex County Council on Jan. 2 postponed its vote on a bill to ban the union shop in the county, after most of the four dozen people who spoke opposed the measure, and protesters outside put a picture of Councilmember Rob Arlett, its sponsor, on a large inflatable rat.