The struggle to escape poverty in Cincinnati played out in front of Great American Tower on Saturday, when about 200 janitorial workers, represented by Service Employees International Union Local 1, rallied for better wages and protested the use of nonunion contractors to clean buildings like Great American Tower, home to the city’s premier Class A office space.


A federal judge found that Blue Ash-based AdvancePierre Foods disciplined employees in retaliation for their union activities, conducted unlawful surveillance of employee union activity, and in other ways unlawfully interfered in the rights of employees to unionize about 600 workers at its West Chester plant in 2015.

The June 27 decision by an administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board followed a six-day trial in Cincinnati. AdvancePierre was represented by attorneys from Thompson Hine LLP.

AdvancePierre–a producer and distributor of sandwich products with about 4,100 employees, all non-union, in 11 locations and $1.6 billion in net sales–is appealing the decision. The company’s July 25 appeal takes exception to all the proposed remedies and the recommended order in the judge’s decision.

This week’s gleanings: Black Lives Matter declares its platform / Ford Foundation declares financial support for Black Lives Matter / Candidates campaign to lighten the burden of childcare costs /  Ohio competes with offshore tax havens to protect wealth of top 1% / Black families need 228 years to amass wealth now owned by white families / U.S. enjoys strong economic growth but suffers weak social progress

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  • Ohio Supreme Court task force: AG should handle all cases of lethal force by police
  • WSJ: Failed promises of the American economy and the rise of Trump and Sanders
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  • Federal Reserve: Evidence of illegal credit practices at Fifth Third