Mike Shields, researcher with Policy Matters Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force on Feb. 13 about raising the minimum wage in Ohio.
Shields discussed the talk of raising the minimum wage in Ohio to $13 an hour by the year 2025. Right now, the Ohio minimum wage is $8.55, which is above the Federal minimum wage of $7.25, but not high enough for a person’s basic human needs. Shields said that there needs to be a raise in the minimum wage so that people are able to support themselves, afford rent, food, clothing and a means to get to and from work. As inflation rises, the minimum wage is not being adjusted accordingly, leaving those living in poverty even further behind. He also spoke about how the proposal for increasing the minimum wage included increasing healthcare benefits for workers in minimum wage positions.
Desiree Hoffman, international representative for the United Steelworkers discussed collective bargaining rights. She said that they are fighting to keep fair share fees alive so that people who are not in unions still help cover the costs of collective bargaining. Hoffman said that especially with decreased union density and declining union rates, unions need as much help as possible to support their collective bargaining to ensure that employees have fair contracts. She also discussed the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about child care workers in California organizing and calling for a union election.
To listen to this show, click the play button below.