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Striking workers at Cabell Huntington Hospital pose for a picture in front of a union bus

Labor organizing in the Ohio Valley goes beyond coal

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ELKVIEW, W.Va. (OVR) — In late December, West Virginia union members and supporters gathered in the small town of Elkview, about 20 minutes outside of Charleston. Dozens of linemen, coal miners, educators, plumbers and others lined up by the side of the road in front of Tudor’s Biscuit World to show their support for the… Read More

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Ohio’s minimum wage increases again on January 1, 2022

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s minimum wage is increasing/has increased on January 1st to $9.30 an hour. That’s 50 cents more an hour than in 2021. Still, Policy Matters Ohio Executive Director Hannah Halbert said the new minimum wage is about half of what low-wage workers need to actually be able to afford… Read More

A 'Help Wanted' sign is posted beside Coronavirus safety guidelines in front of a restaurant in Los Angeles, California on May 28, 2021.

How employers can win workers back (and keep them) after the ‘Great Resignation’

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (NPR) — In the wee hours of a Saturday morning this past June, Mary Waters pulled into a grocery store parking lot in St. Louis. It was where she had been working for more than a year, stocking the freezer section. “I sat in the parking lot, and I tried to will… Read More

Chickens are carried through a poultry slaughterhouse on mechanical arms.

Study Links Increased COVID-19 Transmission To Poultry Plants Allowed To Operate Faster

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HENDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — A study published Thursday in a prestigious scientific journal links significant increases in COVID-19 transmission rates to meatpacking plants, especially those facilities that the federal government has allowed to speed up processing lines. Researchers found evidence that linked meatpacking plants to a “high potential for community spread” in the surrounding… Read More

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Ohio Protests Carry On As Refinery Strike Continues

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Workers in northwest Ohio continue to protest as the first nationwide oil refinery strike since 1980 moves into its fourth week. About 200 people demonstrated Tuesday outside the Marathon Petroleum Corp. headquarters in Findlay despite temperatures in the teens. More than 60 workers from the BP-Husky refinery in Oregon near Toledo joined the demonstration, and… Read More