America’s Work Force Radio Looks at Middle Class Prosperity

On the final day of 2018, America’s Work Force Radio talked about middle class prosperity.

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On the Dec. 31 edition of America’s Work Force Radio, Robert E. Friedman, Founder and Chair Emeritus of Prosperity Now, argued in favor of what he called a Prosperity Bill, which would match an individual’s first thousand dollars in savings. Friedman, who authored the book A Few Thousand Dollars, said that given a reasonable opportunity, low income and middle class citizens would save, invest, start businesses and pursue higher education if they had extra money after covering their basic needs. He then explained past, present and future money, and how it affects everyone by either holding them back, or helping them pursue a quality life.

Dr. David Himmelstein, MD, FACP, a professor of public health and health policy in the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, adjunct clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School discussed HR 676, which expands and improves Medicare for all. He said the legislation should prohibit for-profit companies from running hospitals and other healthcare institutions. Dr. Himmelstein expects a final version of the bill early in the New Year.

America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


Fate of the GM Lordstown Plant Discussed on America’s Work Force

The future of the GM Lordstown Plant was the main topic of discussion on the Dec. 28 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

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John Russo, visiting scholar at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and Working Poor at Georgetown University, discussed the fate of the GM Lordstown plant during his AWF appearance. GM is closing multiple plants across North America, and in doing so, will lay off upwards of 15,000 employees. He said GM’s stocks rose six percent after making the announcement to downsize. Russo felt this showed Wall Street is only concerned about corporate profit, not about the livelihood of company employees. According to Russo, the GM closings will ultimately send more work to GM plants in Mexico or China. He also spoke about the possibility of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown making a 2020 presidential run.

United Steelworkers Union International President Leo Gerard joined America’s Work Force Radio and talked trade. He provided his thoughts on the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), including if it will be fair to workers. He discussed the incoming U.S. Congress and his hope they will improve infrastructure and the Affordable Care Act.

America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

Plain Dealer Contract Negotiations Discussed on America’s Work Force

Sam Allard, senior writer with Cleveland Scene magazine, discussed ongoing contract negotiations between The Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild during his appearance on the Dec. 27 edition of America’s Work Force.

Cleveland Scene

Allard discussed the potential layoffs of union employees from The Plain Dealer newsroom during the centralization of production operations. Currently, The Plain Dealer and the Newspaper Guild are going through contract negotiations. According to Allard, one proposal from Plain Dealer management included cutting 23 jobs and sending that work to the centralized facility. Allard then talked about the union’s counter-proposal, leaving out specific details, that would cut necessary costs without outsourcing jobs. He said they expect The Plain Dealer to respond to the counter-proposal by the end of the year.

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Also on the program, AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the Suragroh melon farm having their Fair Trade USA certification revoked. A Honduras division of Fyffe, Suragroh was the number one supplier of winter season fruits and melons to the United States. The de-certification occurred after the discovery of poor working conditions at certain facilities and wage theft from their employees.

America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.



United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Discussed on America’s Work Force

Independent labor voice, Tom Buffenbarger from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, appeared on the Dec. 26 edition of America’s Work Force.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Tom Buffenbarger

Buffenbarger joined AWF to discuss the new NAFTA, U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and areas that he feels could be improved. He said that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) does not look out for the skilled laborer and only ‘toward business owners who are looking out for themselves over their workers.’ Buffenbarger also discussed the government shutdown and the repercussions it is having on government employees.

Ohio District 13 Congressman Tim Ryan

A clip of Congressman Tim Ryan speaking on the House floor was the second feature on the Dec. 26 edition of AWF. During his speech, Ryan talked about the General Motors Lordstown plant ending production. Further discussion ensued about how this halt in production is affecting the workers and the surrounding area. He said ‘the working class is suffering while the top 1 percent continues to do well.’

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Sears’ executives taking bonuses rather than paying severance to workers who were laid off after the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

Outgoing Commissioner Remembers His Time in the Public Service Sector on America’s Work Force.

On Dec. 24, Dan Troy, Outgoing Lake Country (OH) Commissioner, spoke about his fondest moments serving on the Ohio Legislature and as Lake County Commissioner during his feature on America’s Work Force Radio.

Dan Troy Lake County Commissioner

Troy, who served 14 years on the Ohio Legislature and 20 as Lake County Commissioner discussed his proudest moments working in the public service sector. He talks proudly of his time working on environmental pieces such as phosphorus reduction acts and solid waste laws tightening requirements on landfills. Overall during his time in the public sector he said he was most proud about the stability created in the county, their fiscal responsibility, and they delivered services that they had promised. Troy also spoke about people developing myopic views created by only paying attention to one media news outlet rather than diversifying and absorbing different viewpoints and creating your own opinion.

Transportation Trades Department AFL-CIO

Larry Willis from the Transportation Trades Department also appeared on the Dec. 24 edition of AWF. Willis discussed Amtrak closing their call center in Riverside, California and moving to Florida in what seems like a classic union busting tactic. According to Willis, “500 good paying union jobs will be lost and the new workers will not be receiving health or pension benefits and will also be taking a pay cut.” Willis also said that the workers losing their jobs in Riverside will be training the new employees from Florida who will be taking their jobs.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the American Federation of Government Employees reaction to the third government shutdown of 2018.

America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


America’s Work Force Radio Examines VA Copay Issues

Mark Seavy, from the American Legion, appeared on America’s Work Force Radio on Dec. 21 and talked about copay issues within the Veterans Administration.

American Legion Magazine Mark Seavey

According to Seavy, the VA refuses to reimburse veterans for out of pocket emergency services. He said it is ridiculous that the government has the money to deploy soldiers, but does have the money to care for them when they return home injured or sick. He believes there needs to be better copay options for veterans to cover the costs of medication, rehabilitation and other medical needs. Seavy also spoke about the decision by Defense Secretary James Mattis to resign after a disagreement with President Trump, who decided to U.S troops out of Syria.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta talked about what his organization plans to do in 2019. Fiesta said they will work to address issues such as the price of prescription drugs, the expansion of social security and raising the earning cap. He also discussed a recent court ruling, which declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. Fiesta said the Texas judge made a poorly reasoned decision and did not thoroughly review the ACA.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed SNAP eligibility and recently passed legislation, which bans the shackling of pregnant women in federal prisons.


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

The Nation Magazine Reporter Details Auditing the Pentagon on America’s Work Force Radio

Author and investigative journalist, Dave Lindorff joined America’s Work Force Radio and discussed auditing the Pentagon.

The Nation Magazine

Lindorff, who works as a contributing writer for The Nation Magazine, talked about his cover story called The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed. He said the Pentagon’s budget is increased every year, but no one knows how the money is being spent, the actual amount spent or how much money the Pentagon needs to operate next year. Lindorff called for an auditing agency to audit the Pentagon from scratch, keep track of every transaction and ensure the American public every dollar is properly spent.

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Patrick Gallagher, President of the North Coast Area Labor Federation, also appeared on the Dec. 20 edition of America’s Work Force Radio and spoke about the United Steelworkers newly ratified contract. Gallagher then discussed the AFL-CIO’s push for unions to secure more bargaining power and economic security of the working person. He said men and women ages 18-34 have a 65% approval rating for unions.


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


Dan Coughlin Talks Cleveland Sports on America’s Work Force Radio

Legendary Cleveland sports reporter Dan Coughlin joined America’s Work Force Radio and talked about the Cleveland sports scene.

Coughlin, who worked for the Plain Dealer, Cleveland Press and Fox 8, covered everything from slow pitch softball to high school football, major college football programs, the Browns and the Indians. He talked about his fourth book, Just One More Story, which is similar to his first three books where he reminisces about eccentric Cleveland sports personalities and unusual events.

Dr. James Martin also appeared on the Dec. 19 edition of America’s Work Force Radio and discussed his time working at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. A specialist in emergency medicine, Dr. Martin talked about his experience working at one of Chicago’s Veterans Affairs hospitals, where he treats active-duty military members, their dependents and veterans. In addition to emergency care, he also serves as a primary care physician. He spoke about several instances where he was called to the Naval Station Great Lakes base.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about a meeting of the country’s labor leaders, where they discussed the future of unions, how to build strong unions and ways to build up their bargaining power.


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


Oscar Meyer Heir Talks Wealth Inequality on America’s Work Force

Chuck Collins, author of Born on Third Base and Is Inequality in America Irreversible, talked wealth inequality on America’s Work Force Radio.

Chuck Collins

Collins, Director of Program on Inequality and the Common Good, appeared on the Dec. 18 episode and discussed the growing concentration of wealth and the advantages of being in the top 1 percent. Well-known as the Oscar Meyer heir who gave away his trust fund, Collins detailed a few advantages of being in the 1 percent. He explained how the richest Americans can hire professionals to lobby for changes in tax codes that will benefit them by reducing their tax obligations and shift the tax burden onto others. Collins laid out a plan to reverse wealth inequality, which includes the need for millennials to become more politically active and fight for progressive ideas, free college education, Medicare for all, the investment in infrastructure and increase taxes to high-income earners.

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President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers Melissa Cropper joined America’s Work Force Radio and spoke about the latest union victory in the education field, as the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees won their battle for underpaid and overworked teacher assistants and research assistants, who will now receive better pay and benefits. She talked about the push her union is making in organizing within Cleveland-area charter schools. Besides talking about organized labor, Cropper also discussed how many Ohio schools have or are working to raise money for the Make-A-Wish program, which grants wishes to children diagnosed with a critical illness.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Michigan legislature, which continues to take an anti-worker stance by prohibiting union members to negotiate during working hours.  



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

Rep. Patton Talks Legislative Priorities on America’s Work Force Radio

Ohio State Rep. Tom Patton talked about setting priorities for the incoming Ohio legislature on America’s Work Force.

State Representative Tom PattonRep. Patton, on Dec. 17, spoke about the need to mandate upgraded job training in the construction industry to ensure proper worker safety and a high quality of work. He felt additional training will benefit everyone, from new to experienced workers, to contractors, project owners and end users because of the amount of new and updated technology used in construction. Rep. Patton also talked about the need to recruit more people into the construction industry. He said it is a better post-high school option than college for some people.

DriversEd Laura AdamsLaura Adams from driversed.com appeared on America’s Work Force Radio and talked about the importance of motorists to practice defensive driving.  Drivers should use defensive driving skills due to the increase in accidents during the holidays from intoxicated drivers and potentially hazardous road conditions. She recommended motorists get regular check-up before the winter weather gets too bad to in order to prevent breakdowns on the road during extreme conditions.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the recent Affordable Care Act ruling in Texas, where a judge ruled the legislation “unconstitutional.” Due to this ruling, the entire healthcare law is now under question. He also talked about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and the United Auto Workers willingness to work with President Trump and Congress to fix certain parts of the trade pact.


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.