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Fair-hiring meeting tonight at Warren church

Published: Mon, July 7, 2014 @ 12:47 p.m.

WARREN — From 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight, the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and Citizens Uniting Citizens are having a fair-hiring meeting at New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, 1590 Tod Ave. NW, to discuss issues impacting communities in the city and across the state, including mass incarceration.

A small box on an job application requesting an individual’s criminal background may seem harmless for some, but for an estimated 7,000 Warren residents and more than 34,000 Trumbull county residents with an arrest or conviction record, this box leads to an alienation from society and significantly decreases such individual’s opportunities for upward social mobility, said MVOC leader, Barbara Phinisee.

A fair-hiring policy would remove the “have you been convicted of a felony” box from city job applications, move the background check to the end of the hiring process, and effectively expand employment opportunities for returning citizens and people with felony records who are working to turn their lives around, MVOC officials say.

Similar policies have been adopted in more than 10 cities and counties in Ohio including Youngstown, Akron, Canton, and Cincinnati.


1NilesOhio(996 comments)posted 2 years ago

So there would be no long-term effects of committing a FELONY? You liberals really need to wake up.

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2redeye1(5668 comments)posted 2 years ago

@Niles The liberals just want to reward all people , No matter what they did. Just as long as they vote for the D party members . To me, this is just lowering the class of employee prospects the city will get to choose from. What a SHAME!!!!!! Remember commit a crime, all is forgiven.....lol

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3billdog1(5942 comments)posted 2 years ago

NilesOhio, I wouldn't say it is a liberal thing. I'd say it is a criminal thing. Not all democrats believe in this type of crap. It's like saying all conservatives believe in working class people being poor, or all republicans are elitists, or all republicans are rich. I just makes no sense, much like this initiative. If you didn't care enough to not break the law, why should another individual that never did, be in the same category as the felon? Sorry bunghole, you wanted to break the law, now deal with the consequences.

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4NilesOhio(996 comments)posted 2 years ago

Agreed to a point. The liberal agenda tends to slant almost exclusively to the belief that everyone can be rehabilitated when that simply isn't the case. It's true that some can and have changed their life, but it doesn't erase the mistakes they have made. Therefore, the question is a very logical and appropriate one on a job application.

If I'm an employer, I want to know if a candidate has a felony because I can avoid putting that person in a position that they have a demonstrated weakness. It could also affect my insurance or open up other liabilities to me as an employer which I would need to know going in. Do you want a convicted felon getting a job at your child's school because they weren't allowed to ask?

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