You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Dayton becomes Fair Trade city

The city of Dayton is the latest municipality to declare itself a “fair trade” community, an activist-inspired effort that seeks to ensure that at least a portion of imports to the United States are produced under humane conditions.

On Wednesday, the City Commission unanimously passed an informal resolution “to be a fair trade city, supporting fair trade practices in the production of goods, and encouraging the purchase of fair trade goods.” The city joins San Francisco and Chicago among others nationwide.

City Commissioner Nan Whaley said the designation should help support domestic and foreign production that pays fair wages under decent working conditions. “We are a global marketplace, and should respect where we buy things from,” she said.

The initiative was organized by businesswoman London Coe, owner of Peace on Fifth, 508 E. Fifth St., a retail store in Dayton’s Oregon District that carries jewelry, accessories, and artwork made under certified “fair trade” conditions. Several global organizations inspect and certify coffee and other food products as well as clothing and other consumer items.

Friday, Coe said she was motivated by efforts combating slavery around the world. “I kept hearing conversations about human trafficking,” she said. “There’s a gross amount of human labor trafficking around the world.”

As part of the campaign, Coe said 100 local residents submitted supporting letters. The next step, she said, is to ask Montgomery County to adopt a similar resolution.

Kery Gray, executive assistant to the City Commission, said that because of the resolution, the city will give preference to “fair trade” goods in future purchases.

“It is largely symbolic, but it says the city does believe it’s an important issue,” he said.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Business

Miamisburg candy store now selling pickle juice soda
Miamisburg candy store now selling pickle juice soda

Are you ready for Pickle Juice Soda Pop? Miamisburg-based Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop is now selling dill pickle-flavored pop in stores and online. The vintage-style store at 42 South Main St. in downtown Miamisburg has more than 200 bottles of specialty sodas. “If you’re the kind of pickle lover who relishes all things pickled, this...
Waffle House co-founder dies a month after business partner
Waffle House co-founder dies a month after business partner

Both of the founders of Waffle House have died, just two months apart. Co-founder Tom Forkner died earlier this week at 98 years old, just two months after his business partner Joe Rogers Sr. died in early March. Rogers was 97 years old. “Tom will be remembered as a man of honesty and integrity,” Waffle House Chairman Joe Rogers Jr...
Ohio’s largest 100 employers in 2017: Walmart tops the list
Ohio’s largest 100 employers in 2017: Walmart tops the list

Walmart is back on top as Ohio’s biggest employer, regaining the No. 1 spot from the Cleveland Clinic, which usurped the giant Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer last year, according to a new list of the state’s top 100 employers. Walmart — with 173 retail operations, including nearly two dozen in the Dayton area — has 50,500...
PHOTOS: Nearly $1M Washington Twp. home for sale
PHOTOS: Nearly $1M Washington Twp. home for sale

A Washington Twp. house that features panoramic views of a wooded lawn is on sale for nearly $1 million. The home, located at 10765 Falls Creek Lane in the Waterbury Woods subdivision, is listed for $999,000 by Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors. It sits on three-fourths of an acre property on a cul-de-sac. The 8,350 square feet of living space features...
Time running out on Premier, UnitedHealthcare negotiations
Time running out on Premier, UnitedHealthcare negotiations

Negotiations between southwest Ohio’s largest health system, Dayton-based Premier Health, and UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurance company, remained at a standstill Thursday with the first deadline for their contract to expire rapidly approaching. UnitedHealthcare’s contract with Premier hospitals is set to expire...
More Stories