Mark Heyne

Reporter and Host of Cincinnati Edition & All Things Considered

Mark Heyne's journalism experience in Greater Cincinnati spans more than 20 years and includes positions with WLW, WHIO, WMOH and Traffic Watch/News Watch. He has received awards from the Ohio Associated Press, Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, The Press Club of Ohio, and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists.

Heyne hosts Cincinnati Edition Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 pm and All Things Considered Monday through Friday.

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Cincinnati Edition
6:30 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Raise the Floor, Women in Manufacturing

Women training for skilled manufacturing jobs

  Women currently hold just 10 percent of manufacturing jobs in our region, but a recently launched program at Gateway Community and Technical College is designed to prepare women for stable, high-paying manufacturing careers.

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CAIR complaint
5:23 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

CAIR files federal complaint against DHL

CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, former DHL employees Najma Hassan and Shahira Abdullah, and CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney Booker Washington speak with reporters about their case.
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UPDATE:  DHL Global Mail  responded Friday to CAIR's allegations, saying they're unfounded.   The company denied any wrongdoing and said it would fully defend itself in any future action.  DHL also said it accommodates reasonable religious practices and provides equal opportunities to all employees.

HERE'S THE STORY FROM THURSDAY:

The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is filing a federal complaint on behalf of 24 former employees at the DHL Global Mail facility in Hebron, Kentucky.  The Muslim civil rights group says DHL fired the workers last month in a dispute over prayer breaks. 

CAIR's complaint, filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said the workers were exercising religious rights protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The act prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing and other terms and conditions of employment.  It also requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of an employee , unless doing so would cause an undue hardship for the company.

"In this case, the DHL workers had been using their break time to perform their evening prayer," said  CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney Booker Washington.  "The company reportedly decided to eliminate flexible break time, thereby preventing the men and women from practicing their faith.  When the workers asserted their rights, they were all fired."

The workers were fired October 9.

"They should think this over and they should know that religion is religion, there's no choice to it,"  said Shahira Abdullah, one of the 13 women and 11 men the company let go.  "Other people have to follow the rules, just like we're supposed to follow their rules."

DHL has not commented on the case.

Cincinnati Edition
6:30 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Retirement Investing

  Financial experts recommend you start saving for retirement as soon as you can afford it, ideally with your first paycheck. But few do, and many of us are into our fifties before we realize we need to get serious about saving and investing for what we hope will be our golden years. Foster and Motley Financial Planner David Foster and local Financial Advisor Christ DeSimio shed some light on investing for your retirement.

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Cincinnati Edition
6:30 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Obamacare Affect on Businesses

Mubea
11:48 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Mubea opens new facility in Northern Kentucky

Governor Beshear and other officials cut the ribbon for Mubea's new facility.
Kentucky Office of Creative Services

Automotive supplier Mubea  cut the ribbon on its new manufacturing facility in Boone County today.  The  $60 million investment will lead to the creation of about 150 jobs. 

Governor Steve Beshear and Northern Kentucky officials joined the company and its employees for the ceremony.

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