By Olivera Perkins, The Plain Dealer
Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer: Ben Shapiro of Occupy Cleveland sets up his tent to become part of the “occupation” in the backyard of Elisabeth Sommerer’s house on West 94th Street in Cleveland. The group and some councilmen helped the single mother of two get a 30-day extension from being evicted from her home as part of the foreclosure process. The efforts were part of Occupy Cleveland’s mission to take their message from Public Square into the neighborhoods.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Some Occupy Cleveland members have deserted their Public Square perch to encamp in the back yard of a West Side family who was about to be evicted on Tuesday as a result of foreclosure.
The Occupy Cleveland members said they are taking their message of corporate greed and income inequality into the neighborhoods. The group also said they were willing to try and prevent Cuyahoga County sheriff’s deputies from evicting the family — a mother and two young children — from their West 94th Street home.
But in the end, it didn’t come to that. Efforts on the part of a few City Council members and other public officials resulted in the homeowner getting a 30-day extension from the eviction. (more…)
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November 10, 2011
Contact: Melissa Fazekas
We Are Ohio Statement on Potential Right to Work Ballot Issue in Ohio
Columbus- Today We Are Ohio released the following statement on the potential right to work ballot issue to be placed on the November 2012 ballot in Ohio.
“Just two days ago, Ohioans spoke with one clear and emphatic voice, and voted by an overwhelming margin to support our everyday heroes and their right to collectively bargain,” said Melissa Fazekas, spokeswoman for We Are Ohio. “Yet, today their voices are already being ignored, even after Governor Kasich and legislative leaders have promised to listen and reflect on Tuesday’s vote. Statistics show that right to work states have lower wages and that right to work endangers the safety and health standards that protect workers on the job. Now is the time to respect Ohio voter’s wishes, stop attacking hardworking Ohioans and focus on much needed job creation. Ohio’s leaders, including the Governor and all legislators who supported Issue 2/Senate Bill 5 should go on the record now denouncing any attempt to circumvent the will of the people.”
We Are Ohio is a citizen-driven, community-based, bipartisan coalition that came together to stop Senate Bill 5, the unfair and unsafe law that would have cost our local communities jobs.
By Reginald Fields, The Plain Dealer
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio voters dealt a sharp rebuke to first-year Gov. John Kasich and his conservative agenda Tuesday by overwhelmingly rejecting the restrictive new collective bargaining law he championed. (more…)
Cleveland residents, including SEIU Local 1 Member Sandra Ellington, clean up the trash around a foreclosed home and take the bags of garbage to the Bank that owns it. The volunteers ask why the Bank isn’t taking care of its properties, which when left abandoned can increase crime and reduce property values in their neighborhoods.
Cincinnati residents, including SEIU Local 1 Member William Soult, clean up the trash around a foreclosed home and take the bags of garbage to the Bank that owns it. The volunteers ask why the Bank isn’t taking care of its properties, which when left abandoned can increase crime and reduce property values in their neighborhoods.
Photo by: Mark Duncan, Associated Press
Custodial workers for Services Employees International Union Local 1 stage a rally Wednesday afternoon in downtown Cleveland to bring awareness to their plight of seeing shrinking wages and expanding work loads.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Unionized Cleveland-area custodial workers staged a rally Wednesday afternoon on Public Square seeking “Justice for Janitors.”
About 50 janitors staged a 30-minute rally to raise public awareness of their plight, said Dennis Dingow, city director of Service Employees International Union Local 1.
He said janitors, like many Americans, have seen their standard of living erode, and they are being asked to work harder for less, while businesses are making record profits and paying less in corporate taxes.
“Cleaning costs are the second-biggest expense for a building owner next to utilities,” Dingow said. “They need bodies to do the cleaning, but the housing market has compressed and jobs are endangered.”
Contracts for 160,000 Service Employees International Union janitors nationwide — employed predominantly by commercial business owners — will expire over the next year starting next month in Pittsburgh.
Contracts in Cleveland, which has 700 SEIU members, will expire April 30.
Similar union rallies were held in 21 other major cities from Boston to Los Angeles.
Dingow said Gov. John Kasich has proven to be unfriendly toward workers in the public sector, and “if the public sector loses its fight, so will the private sector we service.”
“”Union officials told members to vote no Nov. 8 on Issue 2, a referendum on the new state law limiting public employees’ collective-bargaining powers. They noted that collective bargaining is the best and fairest way to negotiate wages.
Randa Bunce, 60, of Lakewood, who has done custodial work for the past 30 years, said she fears what a new SEIU contract could bring.
“Nowadays, anything can happen with these new contracts,” Bunce said. “Things are happening today I’d never dream would happen.”
Dingow said rallies like Wednesday’s come at a time when Ohio is in “desperate need” of good jobs that will revitalize the economy.
By Pat Galbincea, The Plain Dealer
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