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  • June 05, 2008

    — by Victoria McGrane
    Democratic trade critics from both parties today said they have a firm commitment from the now-presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama that he’ll reopen the North American Free Trade Agreement if he wins in November. “I think that’s a pretty good sign that he’ll oppose Colombia, that he’s not... Read More
  • June 04, 2008

    Today at a press conference on Capitol Hill, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Avon) joined with other legislators and labor leaders to announce his introduction of the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development, and Employment (TRADE) Act. Joining Sen. Brown as co-sponsors are Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Russ Feingold (D-WI), and Bob Casey (D-PA).In brief, the... Read More
  • June 04, 2008

    The recent passage of the farm bill is good news for our neighbors experiencing hunger and the daily challenge of putting food on their tables. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) funded under the bill was increased from $140 million to $250 million per year. Although how much of this that turns into food in Ohio remains to be seen, the... Read More
  • June 04, 2008

    It was heartening to read in The Plain Dealer that Cleve landers "aren't doing too badly" in relation to our carbon footprint ("Clevelanders treading lightly," May 29). Of course, we can all do more and I think Cleveland should strive to do better than "not bad." As The Plain Dealer points out, however, this is only half the solution to the... Read More
  • June 04, 2008

    WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Change to Win leader and International Brotherhood of Teamsters general president James P. Hoffa will join Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Sen. Bryon Dorgan, D-N.D., Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine, and Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., along with other labor and advocacy leaders for a news conference tomorrow, Wednesday,... Read More
  • June 04, 2008

    Global warming legislation is the topic on the senate floor this week – and as the debate on carbon cap and trade heats up in Washington, experts are divided on the whether or not the bill will prove to be a boom or a bane to Ohio's economy. ideastream®'s Gretchen Cuda reports.To read the rest of this article, please click here. Read More
  • June 04, 2008

    WASHINGTON (June 4, 2008) - National Farmers Union announced support for the Trade, Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act today. The legislation outlines U.S. trade priorities, seeks to resolve the problems in existing trade agreements and set the foundation for future negotiations."Current trade agreements have... Read More
  • June 04, 2008

    Business groups are warily eyeing bipartisan Senate talks on reauthorizing the Trade Adjustment Assistance program for signs that lawmakers might include a labor-backed proposal to expand employee notification requirements in the event of pending layoffs.Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, last year introduced a bill with the support of his party's two... Read More
  • June 03, 2008

    — by Jack Torry
    WASHINGTON — As the Senate debates a major bill this week designed to curb the emissions of carbon dioxide believed to cause global warming, the man on the spot is Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio.Although environmentalists acknowledge that the bill has no chance of congressional passage this year, they are pressing Brown to support the... Read More
  • June 03, 2008

    — by John Nolan
    Gov. Ted Strickland said he is asking his top legal advisers to investigate whether DHL's proposal to hire the rival United Parcel Service to fly DHL's U.S. cargo would violate U.S. antitrust laws by reducing competition in the express package delivery market.Strickland said on Monday, June 2, that he has asked his chief legal counsel, Kent Markus... Read More
  • June 03, 2008

    — by ROSE COOPER
    Saving the jobs of DHL employees is the number one priority of state and federal officals, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon.DHL officials announced last week the company is negotiating with United Parcel Service (UPS) to provide air transport shipments in the United States, a move that would eliminate more... Read More
  • June 03, 2008

    — by MIKE BOYER
    Legislation before Congress that would require all fuel surcharges to be passed along to those who pay for diesel fuel would re-regulate the nation's trucking industry, says an executive at Total Quality Logistics, a rapidly growing freight broker in Union Township.The legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is backed by the... Read More
  • June 03, 2008

    Lawmakers feeling the heat of angry voters are beginning to cast votes aimed at helping ease the crisis despite the threat of vetoes by President Bush. Especially dramatic is the shift among Republicans who fear voter rage next November if they continue to follow Bush off the cliff. Just before they adjourned for a weeklong Memorial Day recess, the... Read More
  • June 02, 2008

    — by Maya Rao
    After 21 years of driving a truck for Jevic Transportation Inc., the end for Harry Whitworth was swift.The Delanco company abruptly shut down May 19 and laid off Whitworth, 58, along with more than 1,000 other workers, ending their health insurance with only a few hours' notice. His thoughts went to his wife, Marsha, who would learn that afternoon... Read More
  • June 01, 2008

    — by Valerie Castle
    It's time for our nation to revisit its commitment to and investment in pediatric research.Children make up 20 percent of the U.S. population, but only 5 percent of the funding from the National Institutes of Health is allocated for research on pediatric diseases.Numerous life-threatening conditions like diabetes and heart disease that strike... Read More
  • June 01, 2008

    The latest version of a bill that would mandate a carbon emissions cap-and- trade system for utilities and others using high-carbon coal is due to come before the full U.S. Senate on Monday. It could be voted on before the end of the week. To judge from the intensity of lobbying, you'd think it was a proposal to make it easier to exit Iraq, corral... Read More
  • June 01, 2008

    — by John Nolan
    WILMINGTON — Labor leaders, clergy, businessmen, residents and politicians joined with employees of the ABX Air and ASTAR Air Cargo airlines Sunday, June 1, to start organizing opposition to DHL's plan to hire United Parcel Service to take over U.S. air transport of DHL packages."This is not an end. This is a beginning," said Mark... Read More
  • May 31, 2008

    COSHOCTON - Local residents interested in beekeeping are being offered a unique opportunity to participate in a project targeted to a 12-county zregion of Eastern Ohio. The program, The Don Myers Eastern Ohio Apiculture Project, has the goal of assisting and establishing 100 new beekeepers with two complete colonies of honey bees plus the necessary... Read More
  • May 31, 2008

    — by LAURIE WHALEN
    David Long hauls mostly fresh produce and frozen chickens in his 2008 Peterbilt truck. When the price of diesel fuel goes up, shipping companies that hire truckers like Long tack on a fuel surcharges to their bill to recoup the cost to transport goods. Diesel fuel on Friday set an all time national high at $ 4. 79 per gallon, according to AAA fuel... Read More
  • May 31, 2008

    — by MARK CAUDILL
    MANSFIELD — Ohio’s adjutant general called Friday’s opening of a new Army Guard fire station “a historic event.”“We put an Army Guard unit on an Air National Guard base, a base that we all thought was going to close,” Maj. Gen. Greg Wayt said.   “This is the opening of all the construction... Read More