Ohioans have been hit hard according to Policy Matters Ohio

Policy Matters Ohio researcher Michael Shields talked about how Ohio workers are dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, how workers can protect their wages and more on the Sept. 21 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

Shields first talked about an annual report published by Policy Matters Ohio. Published around Labor Day, the study takes a look at how working Ohioans are doing economically. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the study looked much different this year.

The study found indicators of tremendous hardship. He said from food to housing, many Ohioans are struggling to make ends meet. To deal with these struggles, people are turning to food banks, opening credit cards, borrowing money and selling assets.

Shields then said Ohioans were making progress before the pandemic. He said Ohio workers produced record levels of wealth before COVID-19 set in.

Those who have suffered the most are minority Ohioans. They have filed for unemployment benefits at a higher rate than their white counterparts during the pandemic.

He said the best course of action working Ohioans can take is to unionize. Shields said unionization protects workers wages and holds employers accountable for wage theft.


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