The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office under Jon Husted was ordered in late August to give back-pay and raises to Communications Workers of America, Local 4501, union employees totaling $475,000 in a class action pay dispute, but over two months later still has not done so.
Instead, yesterday, Nov. 3, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office made a motion for the arbitrator in the matter to reconsider and clarify his decision.
A copy of the arbitrator’s decision obtained by Plunderbund and dated Aug. 28, reveals that the dispute revolves around raises that were given to 14 non-bargaining employees.
“During the contract […]Full Story... →
Less than 50 percent of Ohioans will cast votes in this mid-term election. Happy Election Day.
In 2011, 47 percent voted. In 2010 it was 49 percent. In 2009, 45 percent. The last time voter participation went over 50 percent in a non-presidential year was 2006, at 53 percent. Before that? It was 1994 at 57 percent.
Presidential years show much higher participation. For instance, in 2012, a shade over 70 percent of registered voters participated. In 2008, a shade under 70 percent participated. In 2004, it was nearly 72 percent.
With the floodgates for campaign finance wide open, […]Full Story... →
After nearly four years of including one of Ohio’s leading independent reporters on its media distribution list, why did Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s media team suddenly remove me earlier this year from that list? Kasich communicators included me on their media distribution list from the early days of his 2010 campaign. Then this past June they scrubbed me from it.
As Columbus Government Examiner, I wrote about 1,600 stories on people, politics and government from September of 2009 until just a few months ago, when I transitioned from Examiner.com, headquartered in Denver, to Allvoices, headquartered in San Francisco. […]Full Story... →