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Silly Season in CLE

Posted by John Colm, WIRE-Net President and Executive Director on Aug 31, 2016 11:54:10 AM

First, we’ve got a Columbus based, union-backed group stirring up Cleveland residents to press for a Cleveland-only 85% increase in the minimum wage (which is currently set under Ohio law at $8.10/hour). A noble objective, no doubt, to raise the minimum wage – but for Cleveland only?  There is still significant wrangling underway in Ohio courts about when this might appear on the ballot (and if it is even constitutional for cities to set their own minimum wage), but it seems very likely that it will be on the ballot within a few months, if not in November.

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Topics: Advocacy, Minimum Wage, Clevelanders Against Job Loss

Nothing to Negotiate on Cleveland-only 85% Increase in Minimum Wage

Posted by John Colm, WIRE-Net President and Executive Director on Jul 25, 2016 3:17:08 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently published an editorial concerning the proposed Cleveland-only 85% increase in the City’s minimum wage.

The editorial pointed out several flaws in the approach being proposed.  WIRE-Net’s survey of its Cleveland-based manufacturing stakeholders indicates that the proposal would push jobs and investment out of Cleveland. 

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Topics: Minimum Wage, Advocacy

Proposed Minimum Wage Law to Create Good Paying Jobs Will Not Be Achieved

Posted by John Colm, WIRE-Net President and Executive Director on Jun 8, 2016 12:52:55 PM

For the last 30 years, my work has focused on working with Cleveland based manufacturers and helping them compete, invest, grow and add jobs in the city.

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Topics: Membership, Manufacturing, City of Cleveland, Advocacy, Training, Good Paying Jobs, Minimum Wage, Economic Development

Manufacturers, Take Action on FirstEnergy Bailout

Posted by John Colm, WIRE-Net President and Executive Director on Jan 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM

PUCO decision expected imminently. Now is the time for action!

FirstEnergy (FE) and American Electric Power (AEP) have filed Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Riders before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).

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Topics: Energy, Advocacy

It's Time to Celebrate Northeast Ohio Manufacturers

Posted by WIRE-Net on Oct 21, 2015 12:43:00 PM

Here at WIRE-Net we are dedicated to the manufacturing industry in Northeast Ohio. We see the impact it has had on our community,  and we believe in its potential to transform lives. October is Manufacturing Month, but here at WIRE-Net we like to celebrate manufacturing all year long!

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Topics: MAGNET, Manufacturing Month, We Manufacture CLE, Advocacy

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