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Summit County Board of Elections

Ohio union leaders marked Labor Day today with a call for better conditions for workers and a new website to help them secure work safety, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.   

Wayne Blanchard, assistant UAW director for Ohio and Indiana, was among those participating in a virtual roundtable. He pointed out that many manufacturing plants in this region had made materials for healthcare workers and the public during the pandemic.

Labor Day weekend generally means a slew of cultural festivals in the Greater Cleveland area. While many of them are fun for the community at large, for the ethnic communities they serve, the events are a financial lifeline — but not this year.

John Elliott, the President of the George Varouh Cretan Club of Cleveland, told ideastream he’s having withdrawal symptoms right now. 

a photo of a Barberton labor day parade
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From politicians to princesses, the Labor Day parade in Barberton is an annual tradition that people line the streets to see. There are plenty of labor representatives there--and one statewide officeholder who’s support for labor is atypical.

Amid pickup trucks with loud speakers, youth football and cheer teams, a show choir and a Teamsters semi, there was a vintage tractor from a Copley farm. Secretary of State Frank LaRose drove it from the community pancake breakfast to his spot in the parade lineup on 18th street.

photo of Bob Saffold
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The state is honoring two men from Ohio who helped make Labor Day a national holiday more than a hundred years ago.

Ohio was the first state to recognize Labor Day in 1890 with a law sponsored by State Rep. John Patterson Green of Cleveland. Bob Saffold, a businessman and minister from Warrensville Heights and the stepfather of Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH 11th district), said that idea influenced Ohio-born U.S. Senator James Henderson Kyle, who represented South Dakota in 1893.

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SHUTTERSTOCK

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, July 18: 

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For the second time in the last two years, a bill in the Ohio Legislature would push back the start date for K-12 schools until after Labor Day. A new survey, funded by the Ohio Travel Association, shows voters support that plan. 

Former Akron Police Chief James Nice
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Here are your headlines for Friday, September 1:

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OHIO SENATE

Once again, kids are going back to school in Ohio. And once again, a state lawmaker is saying that school shouldn’t be starting in the middle of August. 

When the first bell of the 2016-17 school year rang, there were certainly plenty of parents who were relieved at the end of summer break.

But perhaps just as many were upset. Sen. Gayle Manning says she’s been hearing from the latter group – parents who are angry that school is starting when the weather is still hot or when they want to do a family trip together.