Downtown Cincinnati looks prettier than ever; but reality for working families in our city is bleak. While the CEOs of Cincinnati’s Fortune 500 companies have helped themselves to higher salaries and bigger bonuses, the rest of us are working harder than ever for less in a city that is increasingly segregated by race and income.
Cincinnati currently has:
one of the highest per capita concentrations of Fortune 500 headquarters in the nation;
a poverty rate of 30.6%--more than twice the state poverty rate;
and a child poverty rate of 48%--almost half of our city's children.
Cincinnatians aren't poor because they aren't working--they're poor because their jobs don't pay a living wage. Cincinnati janitors are coming together to change that. Right now, they are in the process of bargaining a new union contract to secure fair wages and affordable health care. And they are calling on the richest 1% to do their part by creating good jobs for our city.
OUR PETITION—We call on Cincinnati’s corporate elite—the Fortune 500 giants, the bankers, and the commercial real estate industry—to support the good jobs we need to rebuild the middle class, revitalize our neighborhoods, and grow our economy.
With so much wealth and profit concentrated in our city, there is no excuse for working people to be raising their children in poverty. We know that Cincinnati can do better.
Together, we can make Cincinnati a place where PEOPLE prosper--not just corporations.