America’s Work Force Radio Examines Privatization of the U.S. Postal Service

America’s Work Force Radio examined the consequences of privatizing the U.S. Postal Service.

NALC National Association of Letter CarriersExecutive Vice President of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Brian Renfroe, joined AWF on Jan. 31 and discussed privatization of the postal service. Renfroe’s father worked as a letter carrier, and he proudly followed his father’s footsteps. The NALC has about 200,000 active members and around 80,000 retired members – all who would be affected by privatization. In addition to affecting postal carriers, privatization would negatively affect the general public. Currently, all U.S.P.S. patrons receive their mail for the same rates. If the U.S.P.S. was privatized, high density areas would be prioritized on mail delivery and suburban and other less dense areas will either receive their mail at a decreased rate.

Earth JusticeEarth Justice Vice President of Litigation Patrice Simms appeared on America’s Work Force Radio and spoke about environmental law protection. Earth Justice is a non-profit organization, which works to represent civic organizations, community groups, labor unions, and more, to fight for sustainable energy, clean air and various types of environmental protection. Simms highlighted 17 major cases his firm worked on, which resulted in significant decisions and 16 overall legal victories. He also discussed the Whitehouse’s Environmental Protection Agency rollbacks on smog control and pollution, which is drastically affecting people, especially those with asthma.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the proposed bill to make Election Day a paid federal holiday.



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.

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America’s Work Force Radio Looks at Disabled Veterans Obtaining and Retaining Jobs

America’s Work Force Radio examined the challenges disabled veterans face when finding employment.

Disabled America VeteransDisabled American Veterans National Employment Director Jeff Hall, discussed why businesses should hire disabled veterans during his Jan. 30 AWF appearance. Hall said businesses need to focus on the positives a disabled veteran could bring to the workforce, rather than focus on the tasks disabled veteran is unable to perform. According to Hall, some of the positives a disabled vet can bring to a business is their resilience to adversity, and an incredible work ethic to accomplish daily tasks. Hall dispelled myths about hiring veterans with post traumatic stress disorder, called PTSD and explained how this condition can be managed. Lastly, he talked about career fairs for disabled veterans and resources available for them.

Allergy and Asthma Network

Tonya Winders, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allergy and Asthma Network, joined AWF and discussed. She explained how there is a wide spectrum of asthmas and how each of them are defined based on how much they affect people’s daily routines.

AstraZenecaDr. Frank Trudo, Vice President of U.S. Medical Affairs Respiratory at AstraZeneca, appeared with Winders and spoke about the different treatment for the different severities of asthma. He discussed e-asthma and how it causes inflammation in a person’s airways and lungs, which results in an increased level of breathing difficulty.

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the end of the government shutdown and what predicts what will happen to government workers during the next shutdown battle.



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 Rise and Demise of the Cleveland Press was Discussed on America’s Work Force

Looking back on the history of the press in Cleveland was a main topic of discussion during the Jan. 29 edition of America’s Work Force.

Michael D. RobertsCleveland journalist, Mike Roberts, detailed his career and the history of the Cleveland press during his appearance on AWF. Roberts first discussed how the press was everyone’s main source of reliable news and it began to fail with the expansion of the city. He said with Cleveland expanding, it became difficult for newspapers to be delivered, and the increase in news on television made competition incredibly fierce. Roberts discussed one of his biggest assignments he covered; the Vietnam War. He also covered the Kent State shooting in 1970, among other major event in Northeast Ohio.

Rise Up RetailCarrie Gleason, campaign manager with Rise Up Retail, discussed campaigning for the workers of SEARS during her Jan. 29 appearance on AWF. She talked about the fight for making sure that the workers will receive their pensions that they are owed before SEARS executives receive bonuses. She also mentions their Toys R Us campaign and fighting to make sure the workers receive their severance pay.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the government reopening and having government workers get back to work and more importantly, get paid for it. He also mentions that the government shutdown cost the United States economy 11 billion dollars.



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.

Progressive Agenda was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

Whether or not metropolitan areas possess jobs that will help workers obtain a middle class lifestyle was the main topic of conversation during the Jan. 28 edition of America’s Work Force.

Third Way Ryan BhandariThird Way senior economic policy advisor, Ryan Bhandari spoke about unemployment rates and having a job to support a middle class lifestyle during his time on AWF. Bhandari said that the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in a while, four percent, yet people are still unable to afford a middle class lifestyle. Bhandari said that in the top 200 metropolitan areas, only 38 percent of those area’s jobs pay their workers well enough to be able to afford a middle class life. That means that 62 percent of jobs in these major areas do not pay their workers well enough and are living lower class lifestyles. He then spoke about raising the minimum wage to adjust to inflation rates and how the value of a dollar has different amounts of power depending on where you are in the United States.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisPresident of the Transportation Trades Department, Larry Willis discussed the temporary end of the government shutdown during his Jan. 28 appearance on AWF. He stated that although the end of the shutdown is temporary, he is happy to see the the thousands of workers get back to work and make money to support themselves and their families. He also talked about his worries for government workers again if President Trump is unable to reach an agreement with Congress over funding for the southern border wall. Willis also discussed improving infrastructure around the United States before building the border wall.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed union membership across the United States dropping from 10.7 percent to 10.5 percent in 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.

The Working Class Perspective was a Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

There is a constant blame being put on the working class and this issue was addressed during the Jan. 25 edition of America’s Work Force.

Sherry Linkon Working Class PerspectivesSherry Linkon, writer for Working Class Perspectives, discussed how working people are vulnerable to corporate and government decisions as they had no say in the decision making. If things go poorly and workers begin to struggle, they are blamed for not having made better decisions. The working person is blamed for not having made better career choices, not saving money better or not picking a higher paying job, when they were put into their unfortunate situations or circumstances by corporate higher-ups or government decisions. She also discussed raising the federal minimum wage nationally to 15 dollars an hour. Linkon then talked about the two sides of the argument of raising minimum wage, such as will businesses cut jobs or will people spend more money now that they have more in their pockets.

USW United SteelworkersFred Redmond, Vice President of the United Steelworkers, spoke about the dignity of work during his Jan. 25 appearance on AWF. Redmond spoke about celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday earlier in the week and re-devoting themselves to fulfilling Dr. King’s vision and legacy of promoting the dignity of work. He also discussed trade enforcement agency investigations and rulings being delayed because of the ongoing government shutdown.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the building trades starting a project in Cleveland called Church + State. The project, which will be done completely by union, entails a 60 million dollar mixed use development with apartments, ground floor retail, elevated and subterranean parking, public space and a bike garage.



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.

Increased Concern for Furloughed Workers Discussed on America’s Work Force.

Workers struggling to make ends meet during the ongoing government shutdown was a main topic of conversation during the Jan. 24 edition of America’s Work Force.

AFL-CIO Bill SamuelGovernment Affairs Director with the AFL-CIO, Bill Samuel, discussed the thousands of government workers who have gone nearly an entire month without receiving a paycheck. Samuel said that a lot of the workers who are not working right now were not in high-paying positions, taking home around $500 a week, and are struggling to pay for rent, mortgages, car payments, groceries, and other necessities. He said he very much hopes to see the government reopen as soon as possible. Samuel also talked about the Democrats agenda for 2019, which includes increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, holding representatives accountable and work on immigration reform.

Dan DeVernaDan DeVerna, registered representative and investment advisor representative offering securities and investment advisory services with Ameritas Investment Corp made an appearance on the Jan. 24 edition of AWF. He is also author of Retirement Is Just the Beginning: The First Responder’s Guide to Protecting a Retirement Strategy, which discusses retirement strategies. DeVerna talked about what he calls the “retirement red zone,” which is when you have a target time that you want to retire, and you are quickly approaching it. While in the “retirement red zone,” DeVerna said that you should be organizing your “financial junk drawer” so that you know how much you will receive through your pension, 401k, or any other retirement plans so that you can properly prepare yourself for retirement.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump’s disapproval rating being at an all-time high during the longest government shutdown in the United States.


 

 


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 Ongoing Ken Johnson Investigation was the Main Topic of Conversation on America’s Work Force.

The investigation into Ken Johnson and why he continues to request being reimbursed his monthly maximum of $1,200 was discussed during the Jan. 23 edition of America’s Work Force.

Mark Naymik, writer for Cleveland.com, discussed the continued investigation looking into Ken Johnson and why he requests his maximum monthly reimbursement of $1,200 every month without offering any receipts or valid explanations. Naymik said that Johnson had recently requested $400 for gas after supposedly driving 700 miles for business in November, but did not provide detailed readings of his odometer before and after his trip. Naymik also said that Johnson requests reimbursement for gas for mowing lawns, but did not provide information on where he got the gas from, how much gas he bought, where the lawns were at that were supposedly mowed, and who did the mowing of the grass. As a result of Johnson’s shady activity, in order to receive reimbursements, council members will now be required to submit detailed summaries of what they spent money on, where they spent the money, and how much they spent.

Ron Herrera, International Brotherhood of Teamsters International Vice President and Director of the Solid Waste and Recycling Division, discussed the march for sanitation workers during his Jan. 23 appearance on AWF. Herrera said that the march has been taking place in Memphis, Tenn for over 30 years to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday and his life work to spread his message of promoting and protecting the dignity of work. He also talked about the issues that waste workers still face across the country.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the victory for Los Angeles teachers reaching a tentative agreement after a 21-hour bargaining session, ending their six-day strike.

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.



What Lies Ahead of the Government Shutdown was a Main Topic of Conversation on America’s Work Force.

America needs to take to move forward after the government shutdown, but what are the steps we need to take? On Jan. 22 edition of America’s Work Force, we learn about those steps.

Tom Buffenbarger, retired former President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, discussed the ongoing government shutdown and how it is affecting America. He said that with the government being shutdown for a month now, the longest government shutdown in United States history, furloughed workers are going to be without their second paycheck this month, causing many workers to seek other jobs just to be able to meet their basic needs. Buffenbarger also talked about employees being forced to show up to work without pay. President Trump is violating the U.S. constitution by requiring workers to do so. He also discussed looking forward to the 2020 presidential election and the candidates that he would like to see run for office.

Jacob Duritsky, vice president of strategy and research, with Team NEO discussed bringing in more jobs to Northeast Ohio during his Jan. 22 appearance on AWF. Duritsky said that in the next five years, 20,700 jobs across multiple sectors will be brought to Northeast Ohio. One job sector that will be receiving a large amount of job growth is healthcare, which is projected to see an increase of 8,500 jobs. He also mentioned new and emerging sectors will see job growth during this time, as well as a steady increase in jobs in the construction industry.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed TSA workers using “Blue Flu” as a form of protesting work without pay during the ongoing government shutdown.

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.




Increased Levels of Lead in Cleveland’s Drinking Water was a Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

Discovery of an increased level of lead in Cleveland’s children due to contaminated drinking water was a hot topic during the Jan. 21 edition of America’s Work Force.

Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek stated that 90 percent of children in Cleveland test positive for lead from local water, which is well above the federal standard for lead levels. He said that not only is the level of lead in these children a health concern, but it is also affecting their emotions, attitudes and other brain functions. Polensek also talked about the increase in the homicide rate in Cleveland and how it is higher than New York City and Chicago. He then spoke about changing the dynamic in Cleveland by replacing older and retiring police officers with a method called lateral transferring, which would bring in already trained and qualified police officers.

Judge Charles Patton spoke about meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his interview on Jan. 21 with America’s Work Force. Judge Patton said that when he was a young teenager, him and his friend walked to go see Dr. Martin Luther King give a speech at a church in Cleveland. He said that him and his friend found seats in the basement where they listened to his speech on the radio, and after the speech was over, they were able to meet Dr. King. Patton said that during his encounter with Dr. King, he told him that more professionals were needed in his movement and he told the young Judge Patton that he should become an attorney when he grows up.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we celebrate his movement. Flash played a clip from one of Dr. King’s speeches discussing dignity of work.

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.




Definition of Americanism Discussed on America’s Work Force.

What makes America, America was the main topic of discussion on the Jan. 18 edition of America’s Work Force.

Mark Seavey, writer and editor with American Legion, discussed the definition of Americanism during his appearance on AWF. According to Seavey, Americanism encompasses democracy, freedom of speech, availability for education to those who want it and diversity. Seavey said that being a melting pot of different ethnicities, cultures, and religions is what makes America, America. He also talked about the 800,000 government employees who are not being paid and are still required to go in to work. Seavey talked about the Coast Guards risking potential injury or death while working and not receiving any pay as a result of the government shutdown.

Rich Fiesta, Executive Director with the Alliance for Retired Americans, was also featured on the Jan. 18 edition of AWF. Fiesta spoke about the majority of workers over the age of 50 being forced out of their jobs. He also talked about the new congress and issues they might address in 2019. Some of these issues include the Affordable Care Act, medicare for all, and medicare buy-in for older workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the ongoing government shutdown and the increase in TSA workers calling in sick in response to not being paid while still being required to show up to work.


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.