Labor Council
Friday, January 29, 2021
“You can pay me $25 an hour, but if you don’t treat me well, what’s that money worth?”

MONA DARBY, a member of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union who has been part of an organizing drive at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama.
The labor movement has been central to the defense of our democracy and the election of the Biden–Harris administration. The AFL-CIO celebrates the inauguration of a new president and vice president, as well as the strength of our great American democracy.
Family-Supporting Union Jobs Major Component of Biden’s Climate Actions
January 27, 2021 — Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on President Joe Biden’s climate executive order: Today’s executive order begins the process of fulfilling President Biden’s commitment to address the climate crisis with the urgency it demands while placing the needs of working people and communities at the center of every effort.

The clean-energy economy must be built on a foundation of family-supporting union jobs, and today’s order makes clear that President Biden is committed to that vision. It is critical we create good jobs in advance of any actions that cause reductions in employment in fossil fuel production and use. Working families and communities want to know, and deserve to know, that doing what is necessary to fight climate change won’t result in unemployment or a reduced standard of living.
The shift to clean energy is a tremendous opportunity to create jobs. The federal government must lead the way by insisting that public dollars are spent on American-made products, including renewable energy goods and clean vehicles, and that high labor standards are built into every action and attached to every federal incentive for clean energy. We deeply appreciate the president's call to invest in coal and other fossil-fuel communities to create good jobs in new industries and by cleaning up abandoned mines and wells. We call on Congress to support this order with the funding it requires while doing more to require high labor standards.
President Biden has been clear in saying he will be the most pro-worker and pro-union president in history. This executive order lays out a worker-friendly, climate-friendly path for his entire administration, and we look forward to working with him to make that vision a reality.
Contact: Carolyn Bobb (202) 637-5018
President Trumka: Make PRO Act the Law of the Land
Union members were a major reason victories in the U.S. Senate and White House happened. But we know the value of these wins is in what happens after Election Day. If lawmakers don’t ensure the economy works for working Americans, then what is the point? In the last Congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the U.S. House of Representatives passed the most significant worker empowerment legislation since the Great Depression by creating a much fairer process for forming a union. It is called the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, or PRO Act. However, an anti-worker majority blocked it in the Senate last year.

Reintroducing the PRO Act, passing it in both chambers of Congress and getting President Biden's signature is vital to our economic recovery. The PRO Act would protect and empower workers to exercise our freedom to organize and bargain. The PRO Act is a generational opportunity that will transform America’s labor landscape and marshal economic recovery for working people. Unions bargain for higher wages and better health care, and help ensure a more secure retirement. We need to make the PRO Act the law of the land.
Read AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s (UMWA) CNN op-ed here.
President Trumka on Biden’s ‘Buy American’ Executive Order
The concept of “Buy American” is simple: Our tax dollars should be used to create jobs and advance production here at home. For far too long, America’s workers have suffered as many corporations wrap themselves in the American flag and simultaneously seek out loopholes to qualify for Buy American status with foreign-made products.
The Trump administration used the right words but never put in place policies to affect meaningful change. This executive order will close loopholes that allow agencies to sidestep Buy American requirements and increase the thresholds for domestic content. We know that when America’s workers are given a level playing field, we can compete with anyone. This order is a good first step in revitalizing U.S. manufacturing, which Trump’s policies failed to do over the past four years.
As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we will work with the Biden administration to pursue policies that will build a stronger, fairer economy with a robust manufacturing base, and this executive order is an important piece of that strategy.
Watch and Listen: President Trumka on CNBC and Bloomberg Radio
Wednesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) joined CNBC’s Closing Bell” to discuss the Workers First Agenda.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) joined Bloomberg Radio last Friday to discuss the first few days of the Biden presidency and the need to pass the PRO Act.
Biden Moves Quickly on Emergency Workplace Protections
During his first full day in office, President Joe Biden put in place a wide range of policies aimed at tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting workers. The new executive orders include directing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to institute emergency temporary standards on infectious diseases. Biden also has tapped James Frederick to head up OSHA, which has been without a full-time director for four years. Frederick, the United Steelworkers’ (USW’s) former assistant health and safety director, “brings to OSHA not just a deep commitment to safer workplaces for all Americans, but the expertise and experience to get the job done right,” said USW International President Tom Conway.

Sign the petition to protect Bucyrus, Ohio jobs
The workers of GE/Savant Bucyrus, Ohio are proud to punch in every day at our factory, making light bulbs at one of the only residential lighting factories left in the USA. We have recently received word that GE/Savant intends to transfer our LED light bulb product line to China, permanently laying off over 80 workers, and possibly closing our plant. Walmart has said it intends to buy these LED bulbs. As the customer, Walmart should demand that these bulbs be made here in the USA, and tell Savant to keep the work in Bucyrus.
Join us in calling on GE/Savant to build Walmart's light bulbs in Ohio and NOT in China! We can build Walmart’s bulbs better here in Bucyrus, Ohio. With Valentine’s Day is around the corner - the workers are saying to GE/Savant - Love us, Don’t leave us!
Survey Says: Low Teacher Confidence in CPS Plan to Return to In-Person Instruction; High Support for Teachers to Fight for Delay Until Vaccinated
The Cincinnati Federation of Teachers membership is extremely concerned that the communications from the District and Board of Education are misleading about how our membership feels about returning to in-person instruction before being immunized against the deadly COVID-19 virus. 
While we all long for the day when we can all be together with our students safely in our Cincinnati Public Schools, it is important to have an honest conversation about the realities CPS employees face by being asked to return in person. We have heard hundreds of personal stories sharing legitimate health concerns as employees are forced to make the anguishing decision to return without having been vaccinated. Our survey results show nearly half of the respondents to the survey – hundreds – are considering seeking sick leave and health accommodations. This is the exact reason the Board decided to go remote back in March. How do they think staffing issues will be any different this time? If anything, it will be worse. 
It is unfortunate the Board of Education has limited our teachers’ participation in public comment. It is even worse to hear so many of our members expressing fears of retaliation for speaking up about conditions in their classrooms amid a public health crisis.
CFT issued a survey to all members, and in less than 24 hours we received nearly two thousand responses– 2/3rds of our membership, showing nearly 90% support our fight to delay the start of the in-person phase-in until March 1st, or until all employees receive both shots for full immunization. Nearly 78% do not feel comfortable returning to in-person instruction before receiving full immunization.
We have filed a grievance and are exploring any and all legal avenues to reverse the Board of Education’s irresponsible decision to ignore their own guidelines, and the guidelines of health experts as our county continues to be in the most hazardous level of community spread of the COVID virus.

Contact: President Julie Sellers, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers Email: Phone: (513) 961-2272
The Cincinnati Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals who champions the social and economic well-being of our members, Cincinnati’s children, families, working people and communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism and especially through our members’ work.
Ohio’s Largest Teacher Unions Tell Governor Life-Saving Vaccine Is Not a Bargaining Chip
COLUMBUS OH — Governor DeWine announced this week that 96% of public school districts signed a form committing to a return to in-person learning by March 1st, even though the timeline for vaccine distribution means no educators and staff will be fully vaccinated by then. The Governor didn’t mention that this commitment form was presented as a prerequisite for educators and school staff to receive vaccines during Phase 1B.
The following joint statement is signed by: Patricia Shipe, President of Akron Education Association (Independent union); Paul Palomba, President of Canton Professional Educators' Association (OEA); Julie Sellers, President of Cincinnati Federation of Teachers (OFT); Shari Obrenski, President of Cleveland Teachers Union (OFT); John Coneglio, President of Columbus Education Association (OEA); David Romick, President of Dayton Education Association (OEA); Kevin Dalton, President of Toledo Federation of Teachers (OFT); and Larry Ellis, President of Youngstown Education Association (OEA).

“Our school districts include some of the communities in Ohio that have been hit hardest by the deadly effects of COVID-19. Our members, our students and their families, and our cities will face dire consequences if schools are pressured to reopen before it is safe to do so.  

We are disappointed that Governor DeWine has decided to use the distribution of a life-saving vaccine as a bargaining chip, holding this precious commodity hostage while pitting parents, administrators, teachers, other school workers, and students against each other. While we expect there will be no consequences for schools that fail to meet this commitment, that doesn’t mean the Governor isn’t harming communities with this action. Parents across the state now have unrealistic expectations for a March 1 reopening that simply will not be possible in many school districts. In some districts, these expectations are already pushing superintendents to announce and plan for reopening before it is safe. [READ MORE]
Proud Union Men and Women!!
Brothers and Sisters, I think taking pride in your work and your Local is highly important and should come naturally. If your eyes do not light up when you are talking about what you do, it should throw up red flags and have you reevaluating your choice of careers.
If you don’t love what you do and where you spend 70% of your waking hours 5-6 days a week, then your long-term success is questionable. It all comes down to pride. Pride is something that a person invests in and ensures it is visibly demonstrated. Taking pride in your work is a reflection of an individual. If you would not hire someone whose drunken antics are plastered on Facebook or his LinkedIn account covered with offensive posts every day, then why would you hire or promote someone who is completely apathetic to their job?
  • You own it. Your name is on it: Everything that you do as a member of Local 392, awesome, or pathetic it has your name on it. People contribute to the success and failure of projects, companies, their colleagues, and their union. Everything that you do in life matters. The time spent taking classes as an apprentice or journeyman, your contribution to a large-scale project or a part you play in a flawless start up and delivery, you own that success; be proud of that. In today’s connected world, participate, be a champion of your work and your organization, be vocal, and share your pride in Local 392.
  • Build a reputation on good work: Positive energy and demonstrated positivity comes from ownership. Be the best you can be – alert, lively, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. Show a hunger for learning and a passion for improvement. If you feel that you have ideas that can bring a positive change, share them, and engage with your co-workers and the company you are working for. Build a reputation that those who are passionate about quality and growth (of their own and their union) bring that energy to every job that they do.
  • Improve every day: Invest in the skills that you have already acquired and don’t be afraid to learn new skills. Be the person who creates value in everything that has your involvement. Read, explore, self-learn and do more and do it better. Be the best that you can be and take pride in that reputation. Embrace the opportunity for growth every day. Our industry is evolving, times are changing and if we do exactly what our predecessors did in our role we will fall behind our non-union competition. We cannot allow that to be the case.
  • Embrace your role: Irrespective of your position or years of experience, you are a vital link in the chain. Recognize your importance in the larger picture, look like you matter and get in the game. What you do every day at work matters. You are crucial to things happening, be proud of that. If you are missing work because the night out turned into the morning of then you are hurting not only your own reputation but that of every member of Local 392. Get up, dress up and show up for work every day that you are able. Our fringes, our pay and our very existence depend on our members being productive for and with our contractor partners. Neither side can do this job alone.   
  • Presentation matters: Take pride in the way you present yourself and your work. Dress like you are on the road to success. Invest in visual appeal and take pride in sending out that message. If you look sloppy, chances are that your work will be sloppy too.
  • Participate in progress, give feedback: Pride comes with the realization that you make a difference. Participate in progress, give feedback, demonstrate your eye for detail and contribute to improvement. Take pride in the fact that you have a voice and use that voice to elevate your brother and sister members and our union.
  • Be a positive force: Be aware and demonstrate a keen sense of being positive at work. Embrace Local 392 and our history, culture, and vision of the future. Your environment is what you make it; take pride in being a positive force at work. Engage with positive people; invest in building positivity around you and in your work environment. Remember what you achieved and what the future holds. Take pride in that joint achievement. On the flip side, steer clear of negative influences, people, ex-employees’ sub-standard practices. If you skew towards negativity you will foster a culture of negativity that ultimately hurts our entire membership.
Local 392 is and always will be a “proud” organization. We have gained that “pride” through more than 108 years of hard work by members who took “pride” in their craft long before many of us were even a twinkle in our parent’s eyes. The future of this “Proud” Organization is in our hands and I implore each and every member of this Labor Union to have “Pride” in the work that you perform every day so that we may leave a legacy that our children and grandchildren will be proud of for years to come.
(Bill Froehle is Business Manager for Plumbers, Pipefitters & Mechanical Equipment Service Local Union No. 392 and President of Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council - )
First Step in Economic Success is Buy American
By Dave Baker
It has only been a few days since Joe Biden took office and we can already see common sense investment coming to America. The strengthening of “Made-in-America” policies through a recent Executive Order will be the start of turning our economy back into one of the strongest economies the world has ever seen.
This Executive Order will support American manufacturers, businesses, and workers by closing loopholes that allow companies to skirt the rules while offshoring production. American workers producing goods and services right here in the United States is the best way to “Build Back Better.”
The Federal Government is the number one consumer in the United States. If the Federal Government spends its dollars to invest in American businesses, we will see unprecedented growth in both small and large companies across the country. The hope is that it will help create and sustain good paying, union jobs that support workers and communities alike. It is the best chance to rebuild the American middle class. Too many working people have struggled to make ends meet for too far too long.
Contracting adds up to nearly $600 billion in federal spending. If these dollars are given to American firms, many businesses in every region of the country will have the opportunity to grow.
Biden has also appointed a new leader to be in charge of the “Made-in-America” policy approach. The Biden-appointed leader will see to it that the President’s orders are followed and hold decision makers accountable for the success of the program. Previous enforcement of the Buy American Act has allowed far too many loopholes through pricing, waivers, and other exemptions. President Biden’s Executive Order will close loopholes and put a stop to these counterproductive practices.
Our nation must move away from its reliance on foreign countries. Raising tariffs only caused a trade war and did nothing to spur economic growth in the United States. In the past 4 years alone, more than 300,000 jobs were sent overseas. Now, President Biden’s Executive Order will open the door to manufacturing and job growth. There is no downside to using our own people and industries to supply goods and services funded by American tax dollars.
When we invest in America, we create an America full of opportunities. In the 1950’s we saw a large portion of the country living the American Dream. Unfortunately, that dream has been out of reach to so many working-class Americans for years. Low paying jobs combined with a high cost of living have held people down for way too long. President Biden’s Executive Order will help us get back to growth and prosperity.
President Biden’s plan to manufacture and build with products Made-in-America by American workers is the shot in the arm our economy needs to thrive. I’m sure this is just one of the many steps President Biden will take to ensure the American economy builds back better and stronger than ever. 
(Dave Baker is the business manager of the Iron Workers Local 44 in Cincinnati, Ohio.)
Support the Workers First Agenda
It’s time to transform the lives of working people through bold, structural change. We’re asking the Biden administration and Congress to commit to a Workers First Agenda.

Working people have been struggling far too long against unfair wages, benefit cuts, and attacks on our right to form a union in our workplaces. That ends now.
It’s time to transform the lives of working people through bold, structural change. We’re asking the Biden administration and Congress to commit to a Workers First Agenda.
Working people have been struggling far too long against unfair wages, benefit cuts and attacks on our right to form a union in our workplaces. That ends now.

You can read the full Workers First Agenda, but here are the top 5 priorities we set:
  1. Empower workers through unions.
  2. Bring the pandemic under control and keep workers safe. 
  3. Invest in good jobs and keep state, local and other essential workers employed.  
  4. Fight for racial justice and democracy. 
  5. Give workers more economic security (health care, retirement, unemployment benefits, etc.).

We’re ready to work together to pass laws that put working people first. Join us!
In Solidarity,
Sherrod Brown, Top Democrats Introduce Bill Raising Minimum Wage To $15
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), incoming Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, joined incoming Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT), incoming Senate HELP Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) in announcing the introduction of legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025.
The Raise the Wage Act of 2021 would gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025. Beginning in 2026, the federal minimum wage would be indexed to median wage growth. According to an independent analysis conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, the Raise the Wage Act would increase wages for nearly 32 million Americans, including roughly a third of all Black workers and a quarter of all Latino workers.
“For too many people in this country, hard work isn’t paying off,” said Brown. “While costs for Ohio families are rising and workers are more productive than ever, wages aren’t keeping up. It’s long past time that we recognize the value of work in our country, and that’s why I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing this legislation and honoring the Dignity of Work.”
Along with Sen. Brown, Sanders, and Murray, the Senate companion is being cosponsored by 35 Members: Leader Schumer (D-NY), Sens. Baldwin (D-WI), Bennet (D-CO), Blumenthal (D-CT), Booker, (D-NJ), Cantwell (D-WA), Cardin (D-MD), Casey (D-PA), Duckworth (D-IL), Durbin (D-IL), Feinstein (D-CA), Gillibrand (D-NY), Heinrich (D-NM), Hirono (D-HI), Kaine (D-VA), Klobuchar (D-MN), Leahy (D-VT), Lujan (D-NM), Markey (D-MA), Merkley (D-OR), Murphy, (D-CT) Ossoff (D-GA), Padilla (D-CA), Peters (D-MI), Reed (D-RI), Rosen (D-NV), Schatz (D-HI), Smith (D-MN), Stabenow (D-MI), Van Hollen (D-MD), Warner (D-VA), Warnock (D-GA), Warren (D-MA), Whitehouse (D-RI), and Wyden (D-OR).
To read the bill text of the Raise the Wage Act, click HERE.
To read the section-by-section of the Raise the Wage Act, click HERE.
To read a fact sheet on Raise the Wage Act, click HERE.

Contact: Trudy Perkins/Rachael Hartford - (202) 224-3978
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PL+US 2021 Employer Report is Live!
We all know the COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges for employees and businesses alike. Throughout the last few months, Paid Leave for the US (PL+US) and Promundo, in collaboration with the Parental Leave Corporate Task Force (PLCTF), worked to release a report that shares the impact of paid family and medical leave policies on companies during this crisis. 

After months of research and work, we are excited to share our 2021 employer report, entitled Paid Leave and the Pandemic: Effective Workplace Policies and Practices For a Time of Crisis and Beyond, is LIVE! 

After surveying 40 companies globally through inputs and qualitative interviews from executives and HR teams, we are proud to launch a deep insights report with informative key findings and helpful recommendations for business leaders. We invite you to visit the report webpage, review the report brief, and read our press exclusive in Bloomberg.  

Lastly, as is indicated in the report, more than 75% of businesses surveyed said that a national paid leave policy would help them be better positioned to weather future public health emergencies and economic crises. Momentum for public policy is growing, and we have never been better situated to win paid leave for all people in the United States. If there’s private sector work you’re doing that PL+US is aligned with, we’d love to set up a time to chat about our upcoming private sector efforts (you can schedule a time here).

If you have any additional questions, thoughts, or feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Thank you,

Kate McCleese
Senior Campaign Manager
PL+US: Paid Leave for the United States
The Fab Four Are Back!
Lunch With Your Legislators Today at 11:00 AM

Tune in this morning, Friday, January 29 at 11 a.m. on Facebook Live for this week’s Lunch with your Legislators!
Hamilton County Representatives will be joined tomorrow by special guest Dr. Eric Abercrumbie.

We took a little break but now we are back to wrap up January with a Lunch with Your Legislators! Please join us this Friday at 11:00 AM on Facebook Live for a discussion with the Former Director of the African American Cultural Center and Ethnic Programs at UC, Dr. Eric Abercrumbie.

Dr. Abercrumbie has had a storied career at the University of Cincinnati. He began his career at UC in 1972 as a professional counselor and cultural sensitivity trainer. His role evolved over the years through positions in various prestigious offices at the university - all focused on diversity and inclusion.

I am excited to be learning from Dr. Abercumbie as we kick off Black History Month. We at the statehouse have the most to learn from people doing the hard work on the ground. They are people that are changing institutions across Ohio and affecting our everyday. They should be celebrated and I can't wait to share this learning opportunity with you tomorrow.

I hope you will join us this morning for a great conversation! Be sure to tune in on to my Facebook page at 11:00 AM. Any questions about the conversation before we kick it off tomorrow? Feel free to reach out.

Jessica E. Miranda
State Representative, OH-28
Just The Facts: In “right to work” states, 24% of jobs in 2019 were in low-wage occupations, compared to 14.5% of jobs in other states without right to work laws.
Watch Stand! in the Comfort of Your Own Home!
"Stand! tells the important story of the power of collective action. Workers should see this film to learn not only about labor history but the important value of fighting for our rights and greater justice."
-Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
Hello. It's Danny Schur, composer/producer (AFM) of the new labor movie musical, Stand! streaming now on virtual cinema.
The New York State AFL-CIO podcast - "Union Strong" - just produced this excellent 20-minute podcast about the movie. 
AFL-CIO COVID-19 Update | Jan. 18-22, 2021

The update that follows captures the scale and complexity of the work moving through the COVID-19 campaign structure. We begin each report with the Strategic Campaign Center’s Weekly Spotlight, lifting up a particular piece of the program. This week, we are highlighting The Fruits of Victory.

This document covers reports from:
  • Weekly Spotlight
  • Political/Democracy
  • Data, Analytics and Infrastructure Resource (DAIR)
  • Communications Resource
  • Policy/Legislation
  • Training
  • Essential Life Services/Growth
  • Governance
  • Safety & Health
  • FIFA
  • Office of the General Counsel
  • Field Reporting—Highlights
Ohio COVID-19 Update
The Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System consists of four levels that provide Ohioans with guidance as to the severity of the problem in the counties in which they live. The levels are determined by seven data indicators that identify the risk level for each county and a corresponding color code to represent that risk level.

Additional Resources
January 27, 2021
Dan Tierney: 614-644-0957
Breann Almos: 614-644-0957

Health Order Signed Reducing Curfew by One Hour

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud signed a health order pushing back the statewide curfew one hour, changing the start time of the curfew to 11 p.m. The new hours begin January 28, 2021 at 12:01 p.m. and lasts through February 11, 2021, at 12:01 p.m. The change is being made because Ohio hospitalizations for COVID-19 have remained below 3500 for seven consecutive days.

Specifications in this order include:
  • Individuals within the state must stay at a place of residence during the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. except for obtaining necessary food, medical care, or social services or providing care for others.
  • This order doesn’t apply to those that are homeless. Individuals whose residences are unsafe or become unsafe, such as victims of domestic violence, are encouraged to leave their homes and stay at a safe, alternative location.
  • The order does not apply to religious observances and First Amendment protected speech including activity by the media.
  • The order permits travel into or out of the state and permits travel required by law enforcement or court order, including to transport children according to a custody agreement, or to obtain fuel.

Individuals are permitted to leave a place of residence during the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. for the following essential activities:
  • Engaging in activities essential to their health and safety or the health and safety of those in their households or people who are unable to or should not leave their homes, including pets. Activities can include but are not limited to seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional including hospitals, emergency departments, urgent care clinics, and pharmacies.
  • To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or members of their household who are unable or should not leave their home, to deliver those services or supplies to others. Examples of those include but are not limited to, obtaining groceries and food. Food and beverages may be obtained only for consumption off-premises, through such means as delivery, drive-through, curbside pickup and carryout.
  • To obtain necessary social services.
  • To go to work, including volunteer work.
  • To take care of or transport a family member, friend, or pet in their household or another household.
  • To perform or obtain government services.
During the week of February 15, Ohioans with any of these conditions, and do not have a developmental or intellectual disability, will be eligible to receive the vaccination. Additional information on how these individuals can choose to receive their vaccines is forthcoming. 

"This group has been identified by medical professionals as having a high risk of death if they caught COVID-19," said Governor DeWine. "It's critical that we continue to prioritize Ohioans who are most vulnerable."

Each provider will begin administering vaccines the day after they receive their shipment. All vaccines must be distributed within seven days. 

Week of February 1: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 70 and up following the same process outlined above. 

Week of February 8: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 65 and up following the same process outlined above. 

The Ohio Department of Health has launched a tool on to assist residents looking for a provider that has been allocated vaccines. 

The tool is searchable by zip code and county, but it will not be uploaded in real-time.  It is critical that those eligible to receive a vaccine consult local resources to determine up-to-date vaccine availability.

Vaccinations will also be available for personnel in Ohio schools in Phase 1B. As of today, 96% of public school districts have committed to returning to school at least partially in-person by March 1. 

Schools committed to at least partially returning to in-person by March 1 have been designated a local Educational Service Center as a working partner. Additional details will be confirmed this week between the working partners and school districts. 

School districts are also choosing a retail pharmacy partner, secured by the state, or an existing local partnership, to administer the vaccinations to school personnel. Beginning the week of February 1, vaccination administration will be coordinated with school-provider partnerships, and a majority will be closed clinics for school personnel only.

Lt. Governor Husted today outlined various resources available to Ohioans who are interested in earning a credential, or pursuing a career, in cybersecurity. Strengthening the state’s talent and workforce in this industry is a key component to improving cybersecurity efforts and protecting citizens and businesses from cyberattacks.
Resources include:
  • Industry-recognized credentials are offered at high schools across Ohio. Learn more at
  • Cybersecurity programs offered at institutions of higher education.
  • The Ohio Cyber Range supports curriculum development, cyber contests for k-12 to college students, internship programs, and more. 
  • TechCred: Offers tech-focused credentials, including many on cybersecurity. Visit TechCred.Ohio.Gov to learn more.

Governor DeWine announced today his nomination of former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French as Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. French brings more than 30 years of experience, and will lead the department in providing consumer protection through education and fair, but vigilant, regulation while promoting a stable and competitive environment for insurers. 

In total, there are 836,055 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 10,336 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 43,605 people have been hospitalized throughout the pandemic, including 6,391admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting 
Video of today's full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel's YouTube page

For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
Ohio is distributing safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines statewide to those who choose to be vaccinated. As COVID-19 vaccines are granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the state will strategically and thoughtfully distribute the vaccines to Ohioans at the greatest risk in conjunction with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

Questions and Answers
COVID-19 Vaccination: Ohio's Phased Approach

Questions about COVID-19
Ohio Department of Health call center is ready to answer your questions about COVID-19

Call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)
The Call Center is staffed from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, including weekends.
COVID-19 By The Numbers
Global Confirmed ─ 100,990,354
Global Deaths ─ 2,177,677
U.S. Confirmed ─ 25,600,243
U.S. Deaths ─ 429,230
Ohio COVID-19 Dashboard
Current Trends
Below are the current reporting trends for key indicators calculated from data reported to the Ohio Department of Health. The graphics and information were taken from the Ohio Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) website Thursday, January 28.
Hamilton County
Clermont County
Brown County
Butler County
Warren County
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