In communities across Ohio, good jobs have been replaced by jobs that don’t pay a living wage. Of the 10 largest occupations in the state, 8 do not pay enough for an adult and a child to survive without welfare. It's no different here in Columbus. Downtown Columbus looks prettier than ever; but reality for working families in our city is bleak. While the CEOs of Columbus’s Fortune 1000 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.
Columbus residents aren't poor because they aren't working--they're poor because their jobs don't pay a living wage. Columbus janitors are coming together to change that. Right now, they are about to bargain 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 Columbus’s corporate elite—the Fortune 1000 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 have to raise their children in poverty. We know that Columbus can do better.
Together, we can make Columbus a place where PEOPLE prosper--not just corporations.