L-I: March for Jobs with Justice & Living Wages (Columbus, Ohio)

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at SPAMOSU.EDU
Mon May 15 06:51:20 MDT 2000


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 15, 2000, Columbus, Ohio
For more info, contact Yoshie Furuhashi (at 614-668-6554 / 614-299-3313 /
furuhashi.1 at osu.edu), Mark D. Stansbery (at 614-252-9255 / walk at igc.org), or
Gary Josephson (614-590-0150).
March for Jobs with Justice & Living Wages;
CWA Local 4501 & Strike Supporters Go to the City Council
Today (Monday, May 15) is the 15th day of the strike of the Communications
Workers of America Local 4501, a union of about 2,000 service & skilled-trade
employees at the Ohio State University; it is the 20th day of the sit-in at
Bricker Hall (the OSU administration building), organized by student, faculty, &
community supporters of Local 4501.
At 3:00 PM, Local 4501 and strike supporters will gather at the Union Hall (27
Euclid Ave.) and march to the City Hall (90 West Broad St.).
>From 5:00 to 7:00 PM, representatives from the union and supporters will speak
at the City Council meeting and ask the council members to pass a resolution in
support of CWA Local 4501, as well as advocate for anti-scab & living wage
legislation. At the same time, outside the City Hall, there will be a rally for
Local 4501.
The march for jobs with justice & living wages will bring the struggle of Local
4501 beyond campus to the arena of city politics. Along with the information
picketing of WWF Live! at the Schottenstein Center yesterday and the picketing &
shutdown of the OSU stadium renovation last Friday, the march is part of an
effort of the strikers & supporters to put a higher level of pressure on the OSU
administration.
The proposal for living wage legislation will link what Local 4501 is fighting
for with the needs & aspirations of the majority of American workers who, like
Local 4501, have seen their real wages & living standards (adjusted for
inflation) decline since the mid-1970s. Living wage laws have been already
passed by a number of other communities (for a survey of living wage policies on
the books, see, for instance,
http://www.livingwagecampaign.org/living-wage-wins.html). Columbus, Ohio, with
its low unemployment & high poverty rates, is likely to become a fertile ground
for a living wage campaign.



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