Nov. 2 General Election
Cincinnati City Council
Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney
Columbus City Council wants to create a new review board to ensure businesses – especially within the construction industry – are not committing wage theft or payroll fraud.
On Aug. 19, Columbus City Council’s Rules and Reference Committee held a virtual meeting to discuss ordinance 1802-2020.
Councilman Rob Dorans explained to the committee that wage theft occurs when workers are paid less than the minimum wage, are paid less than the Prevailing Wage, are not paid for all hours worked or are not paid overtime in violation of federal, state or local law. Continue reading →
There appears to be plenty of work expected for Sheet Metal Worker Local 24 members in 2020.
Building trades leaders in Columbus and Dayton said collectively, their members worked record hours in 2019 and as of now, are predicting similar numbers for 2020. In Lima, major refinery work is set to wrap up, but members should stay busy thanks to numerous hospital projects.
In the Columbus area, major datacenter projects are currently underway or just about set to begin for internet giants Amazon, Facebook and Google. Continue reading →
Ohio’s 8th District Court of Appeals ruled House Bill 180, which banned residency requirements on public construction projects, as unconstitutional.
The ruling upheld a Cleveland residency law that requires contractors who successfully bid on certain public construction projects within the city, to guarantee 20 percent of the hours worked must be performed by Cleveland residents, and 4 percent of that 20 percent must be allocated for low-income Cleveland residents.
By striking down H.B. 180, the court has granted chartered municipalities the right to enforce hiring requirements on certain publicly-funded construction projects. This means cities such as Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati can require contractors hire a designated percentage of their residents to work on certain construction projects. Continue reading →