Columbus, Oh. — Minimum wage workers in Ohio get a pay raise as 2018 begins.The rate increases to $8.30 from $8.15 as of January 1, 2018. The increase for workers who receive tips will increase to $4.15 from $4.08.A report from Policy Matters Ohio says as many as 150,000 workers will benefit from the increase.Ohio is one of 18 states in the nation increasing the minimum wage in 2018.
A UNION representing senior Gardai in Donegal – including sergeants and ispectors – has reacted angrily to a €60M cut in Garda resources which will see stations closures and a district scrapped in Donegal.Getting a senior Garda of that rank to take on the Government on the record is hard – but after several calls from Donegal Daily, the union representing them issued an unprecedented attack on Government.Willie Gleeson, President of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors spoke after Alan Shatter announced that 100 Garda Stations will close while 28 Garda Districs will be amalgamated into 14 as part of ongoing cost containment measures. A total of five stations will close in Donegal. “This latest round of cuts come at a time when Garda resources are already stretched, Garda numbers are reducing and we are operating with an inadequate Garda fleet. Our members are seriously concerned about rural Ireland and the impact such consolidation will have on communities.“The strength of the local Garda Station and its members are such that rural crime has fallen in recent years. This move will take the heart out of many rural communities and ultimately people will suffer. We feel it is a backward step and as yet there is no timeframe for individual closures, albeit it will happen during 2013. We are calling on the Garda Commissioner and Garda Management to instigate a communications exercise with communities who are going to be most affected by the Station closures,” said President Gleeson.The counties most affected by Station closures are along the western seaboard including Donegal (5); Sligo/Leitrim (9); Cavan/Monaghan (6); Longford/Roscommon (6); Mayo (six); Galway (10); Clare (8); Limerick (6) Kerry (9) and Cork (7).Other counties affected include Dublin city with the closures of Kil-O’Grange and Stepaside; Tipperary (5); Meath (2); Westmeath (4); Laois/Offaly (3); Wicklow (2); Kildare (3); Kilkenny/Carlow (5); Waterford (2) and Wexford (1). “We are particularly concerned about the closures in Cork City which will result in just one Garda Station being opened for the entire city from 9pm until 7am. Coupled with this 28 Garda Districts are being amalgamated into 14, which means that our members will be re-located. It is imperative that AGSI members are briefed immediately on proposed changes. It is also vital that a public information campaign is initiated to let members of the public know who and where their local Garda members will be located,” says President Gleeson.Members of AGSI were called to a meeting late yesterday afternoon however it emerged that full details of the Garda Station closures were already uploaded onto the official Garda website.Willie Gleeson says, “previous commitments that our members would be made aware of changes that affect them directly would not be disclosed to media or the public first. However, it seems our members were aware of the station closures and District Amalgamations from garda.ie before we even got a chance to brief them.”SHAFTED! SENIOR DONEGAL GARDAI IN ATTACK ON SHATTER OVER CUTS was last modified: December 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SHAFTED! SENIOR DONEGAL GARDAI IN ATTACK ON SHATTER OVER CUTS