Fair Wage

Wage theft and unsafe conditions: Immigrant workers
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Wage theft and unsafe conditions: Immigrant workers

“Everyone has problems at work,” says Brennan Grayson, Director, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center (CIWC). Those problems might be small or big—a conflict with a coworker or being passed over for a promotion because of racial discrimination, as examples.  “But when you’re an immigrant, work issues can be vastly complicated. Do you and your boss speak…

Revitalization with respect: Connecting housing and health
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Revitalization with respect: Connecting housing and health

Imagine a community with vibrant, safe, and inclusive neighborhoods in which all people live in healthy homes with equitable access to resources and opportunities to pursue their dreams. Nearby businesses serve everyone. The area is safe and walkable, with green space for recreation and exercise. That’s the kind of place that The Community Builders (TCB) envision when they…

No increases since 2009: The value of minimum wage keeps decreasing
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No increases since 2009: The value of minimum wage keeps decreasing

The federal minimum wage was established in 1938 as a part of the Fair Labor Standards Act. In that year, the minimum wage was $0.25/hour, which translates to $5.33/hour today.  Over the years, the federal minimum wage has been raised regularly: Since 2009, there have been no raises to minimum wage. That means that someone…

Homelessness and health: Lifelong issues
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Homelessness and health: Lifelong issues

The Homeless Coalition’s advocacy efforts do an incredible amount for people who are at risk for or experiencing homelessness. The list of services is exhaustive, but Dr. Mark Mussman, Director of Education at The Homeless Coalition, concentrates on work that raises people’s understanding about homelessness.  Just a few of those initiatives include “walking tours in…

Are average wages fair?

Are average wages fair?

There are a lot of numbers readily available for people who are interested in average wages locally, statewide, and nationwide. We’ll run through those numbers and discuss why they might not show the whole picture. National average wages The national average or all occupations is $29.76/hour. That translates to about $61,900/year. We’ve already discussed what…

Women’s health and financial instability: Poverty affects choices
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Women’s health and financial instability: Poverty affects choices

The Center for Community Solutions, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank focusing on health, social, and economic issues in Ohio, has concentrated on research, analysis, and advocacy to improve the wellbeing of Ohioans for the last 110 years. Angela Maher, Research Associate for The Center for Community Solutions, says that its success lies in its connection…

Social needs and social risks: How environmental factors affect health

Social needs and social risks: How environmental factors affect health

“In the United States, structures have been created to benefit those who are in power,” which means that people who are not in power face additional hardships that can affect their health, says Tiffany White. White is the Health Programs Manager, Healthy Communities Program, Cincinnati Health Department. She facilitates the Live-Work-Play Cincinnati Coalition. “Live-Work-Play is…