Nov. 2 General Election
Cincinnati City Council
Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now encourages construction contractors to invest in the mental wellbeing of their employees, as the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on every working class American.
The CDC has updated their COVID-19 safety checklists for employees and employers. The sheets now include mental health items for both groups to think about and promote.
On the CDC webpage promoting the new checklists, the CDC recommends ways for contractors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, encourage social distancing, masking and how to manage sick workers, as well as dealing with the mental health of employees, among other tips. Continue reading →
While COVID-19 eliminated millions of jobs and forced additional layoffs last year, an annual report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found fewer union members lost their jobs in 2020 compared to non-union workers.
The pandemic hit the job market extremely hard, with a large number of both union and non-union members getting laid off. Union members, however, fared slightly better, the study found.
From a nationwide perspective, the overall union membership rate increased last year, despite declines in the number of actual union members. The rate increase indicates a larger decline in total wage and salary employment among non-union workers compared to union members. Continue reading →
In late September, Columbus City Council passed an ordinance to target wage theft and payroll fraud.
Councilman Rob Dorans, who also works as Chief Legal Counsel for Affiliated Construction Trades (ACT) Ohio, was the chief architect of the ordinance. He pointed out that despite the booming growth in Columbus, many people are not enjoying economic prosperity.
“Unfortunately, too many in our community have been taken advantage of by companies seeking to cut corners to improve their bottom line,” he added. Continue reading →