Tax Cut Issue Run Down on America’s Work Force

Amy Hanauer, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio, joined America’s Work Force on Feb. 14 to discuss tax cuts and how they have been hurting more than they are helping people.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerHanauer discussed the tax cuts that were accumulated over the years could have been used to help fix infrastructure, creating more jobs, and helping out schools. She described tax cuts hurting schools in Kansas so badly that they had to cut down the school week to four days rather than five. There is a tax law in Ohio in which an LLC. does not pay anything on income tax for their first 250,000 dollars and how ridiculous that is. Lastly, she talked about keeping legislators accountable in improving tax laws and reinvesting into their cities and people.

United Auto Workers Josh NassarJosh Nassar, legislative director of the United Auto Workers spoke about tariffs and trade during his time on America’s Work Force. According to Nassar, China has been dumping their access steel and aluminum in the United States and it is hurting U.S. steel workers. Nassar went on to talk the new NAFTA, United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how he feels it is making progress, but there is still work to be done on the portion protecting workers. Nassar ending with the topic of healthcare and how it should be a right and healther should be expanded to cover more than it does.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Cleveland Clinic raising their minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour, however, it is only for a certain group of employees.



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Rank Choice Voting Discussion on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 13 Dr. Jill Stein from the Green Party joined America’s Work Force to discuss rank choice voting and why she believes that it should be considered to use for future elections.

Dr. Jill SteinRank choice voting is when the voter will rank as many of the candidates as they would like by order of their own preference. Stein said that with rank choice voting, the voter will not feel like their vote is thrown away if their candidate loses because their vote will then be reassigned to their second choice of candidates, and so on. Stein claims that this is a way to make voting more fair and functional. She also talks about the Green New Deal and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) non-binding resolution that she presented on it.

The Labor CitizenTom Germuska, Jr., with the Labor Citizen began his Feb. 13 appearance on AWF by talking about the February edition of the Labor Citizen. Germuska covered the Church + State groundbreaking in Cleveland and how there is critical financing of the project coming from the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Fund, union pension funds creating more union construction jobs. There is also a Quicken Loans Arena renovation project that Germuska discussed as well as the Columbus Mayor, Andrew Ginther, running unopposed for his second term.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the chances going down of the government being shutdown on Feb. 15 due to a “fragile border security compromise” made between President Trump and lawmakers.



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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Legislature for the People was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Communication Workers of America Legislative and Political Director, Shane Larson, spoke about a new piece of legislature that was introduced at the beginning of the year during his time Feb. 12 appearance on America’s Work Force

Communication Workers of AmericaLarson discussed a new piece of legislature called “For the People Act” or H.R. 1 that was introduced in Jan. 2019. H.R. 1 covers big money in politics such as “dark money” and “special interest” money, expanding opportunities for more citizens to be able to participate in future elections. This can be done by making election day a holiday for federal employees and encourages businesses in the private sector to do the same, as well as a wide range of ethical issues. Larson explained that H.R. 1 has been overshadowed and relatively ignored due to the 35 day government shutdown that began in January and is worried that the same thing might happen again with the threat of another government shutdown projected to begin on Feb. 15.

Kris LaGrange UCOMM BlogKris LaGrange, head of UCOMM Communication, spoke about Amazon’s HQ2 in New York City during his time on AWF. He discussed Amazon’s vice president refusal to remain neutral if Amazon’s employees decided they wanted to unionize and how it has created concerns among NYC elected officials. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to that comment, saying that there will be pressure for Amazon to allow their employees to unionize and that he will also contribute to the pressure put on Amazon.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Denver teachers strike, which is the first strike in Denver in over 25 years, that was influenced by the pay increase and what they want done with their bonuses.



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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Utility Billing Issues Broken Down on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 11, Dan Doron from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel discussed utility marketing problems during his time on America’s Work Force.

Ohio Consumers CounselDoron discussed First Energy benefiting from tax reductions and how they agreed with Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to return 900 million dollars to its customers, which will result in a reduction in consumer bills. The reduction is projected to be around five dollars a month per customer. First Energy will also be upgrading their delivery system by installing advanced readers that will be able to provide both the company and customers with feedback on electric usage. Doron also talked about utility billing issues with consumers and learning the difference between being billed on the cost of distributing and the cost of how much of the utility a consumer actually uses. Lastly, Doron shared valuable information on how to avoid being scammed and how you can spot a scammer.

The Plain DealerReporter and writer for the Plain Dealer, Chuck Yarborough, discussed the future of the Plain Dealer during his appearance on AWF. Yarborough said that when it comes to in classic union-busting tactics, editors and designers are being outsourced. He also talked about a benefit concert hosted by the News Guild for the workers of the Plain Dealer called “The Concert for Truth.”

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the fight to increase the minimum wage to 15 dollars by 2024. He also mentioned a story of a person who worked 70-hour weeks on two minimum wage fast food jobs and how he was still unable to support his family.



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.

Holding Government Workers for Ransom Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On Feb. 8 edition of America’s Work Force, editor of the Progressive Populist, Jim Cullen, talked about President Trump holding government workers hostage during the government shutdown.

Progressive PopulistCullen talked about the partial government shutdown and how he believed that it was absurd for President Trump to shutdown the government in the first place. This furlough employees and forced “essential” workers to continue to work without pay until a compromise was meet to give him the funding for the border wall that he has been demanding. Cullen believes this is not a compromise, but an extortion and unfair to the government employees who pay the price by not receiving their pay. Cullen also talks about the amount of false or misleading claims made by President Trump, since his first year in office and how they have aggressively accelerated in his second year. Cullen finished up his interview by giving his insight on what might happen over the next two years of President Trump’s term.

Mary Jane TrappDuring Mary Jane Trapp’s last show, prior to her getting sworn in as Ohio 11th district judge, she spoke about a defamation case in Columbus, OH. The case Anderson v. WBNS-TV involves a Columbus television news station taking a police report about a robbery that was named the Andersons “suspects,” and posting on their social media and news channel that the Andersons were the “robbers.” They ultimately filed a defamation charge with the tv station after they cleared their names with the police, while the TV station refused to provide a retraction statement.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14th District) and her plan in the Green New Deal to drastically reduce emissions over the next few years.



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 Focuses on Unfair Imports and Trade Laws

On Feb. 7, Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing spoke about steel and aluminum being overproduced and sent to America to be sold for low prices during his time on America’s Work Force.

Alliance for American ManufacturingPaul talked about China manufacturing more steel and aluminum than it needs and then selling the rest to the United States for rock-bottom prices, making it unfair to U.S. workers and manufacturers. He talked about making tougher import laws in hopes of slowing down the importing of Chinese steel and aluminum. Paul then goes on to discuss the need to improve the infrastructure all across the United States and how it would be a great opportunity to create jobs and boost the economy. According to Paul, this has been the talk of many past presidents, but they have taken no action to improve the infrastructure.

Ohio State Senate Kenny YukoOhio State Senator Kenny Yuko spoke about legislature to increase the gas tax in Ohio to help fund infrastructure improvements. He said that we do not need these infrastructure improvements for luxury, we need them to survive. Sen. Yuko touched on the topic of taxes on the electric car industry and how that too could be used to help fund improvements toward infrastructure. Lastly, spoke on moving forward with increased protections for unions and organizers to battle So-Called “Right-to-Work” legislature.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about President Trump’s tariffs affecting farmers, causing the highest rate of farmers file for Chapter 12 bankruptcy in over a decade.



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.

Using Your Technology to its Greatest Potential Discussed on America’s Work Force

Liz Weiman, founder of iWorkshop Academy joined America’s Work Force on Feb. 6 to talk about technology and being able to utilize it to its greatest potential.

iWorkshop AcademyWeiman stated that most Apple product consumers utilize less than 10 percent of their devices total capability. She said that with the amount of money that people spend on Apple iPhones, iPads, Mac computers and other products, they should know how to use more of the device’s functions. Weiman gave tips on how to turn your iPhone into a magnifying glass, how to bring back text that may have accidentally been deleted and how to use and emergency SOS feature programmed into the phones. Parents are also able to monitor how much their kids use their devices, how long they use certain applications and governing what websites they can visit using a feature called “screentime.” Weiman also mentioned how to avoid falling for phishing scams that could compromise a computer user’s private or sensitive information.

In These TimesFreelance journalist and writer for In These Times, Heather Geis talked about her migration project in El Salvador. Geis discussed the root causes from the region, causing people to migrate, such as insecurity and lack of economic opportunity in El Salvador, lack of job opportunities, pressure on businesses from gangs demanding extortion payments and climate change and droughts affecting farmers. She also talked about the Janus decision and the effects that it had on union density, union membership and the labor movement.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about President Trump’s State of the Union address and fact checkers claiming Trump made exaggerations about violence and job loss caused by illegal immigrants.



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.

In Depth Look at a Progressive Tax Reform on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 5, Dennis Bailey, Director of Communications with Americans for Tax Fairness discussed a progressive tax reform proposal.

Americans for Tax FairnessBailey spoke about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14th district) tax reform proposal that would essentially be a 70 percent marginal tax rate for an income of 10 million dollars and above. Bailey feels that the current tax system is rigged and unfair against the poor and is designed to help out the rich. Bailey believes that trickle-down economics is not helping anybody and is not creating new jobs like politicians claimed it would. He also mentioned how Trump’s GOP tax cuts are not helping the economy like he had said that they would.

AFL-CIOTim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO, discussed an increase in union membership in Ohio, compared to a slight decrease, nationwide, in 2018. He also said that teacher union membership is significantly growing compared to last year. Burga also believes the government shutdown will possibly resume on Feb. 15 and he feels that congress needs to find common ground on the border security issue that President Trump and Democrats have been butting heads over.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the pressure being placed on Amazon HQ2 in New York to allow workers to unionize.



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.

Better Business Bureau Warns of Scams to be on the Lookout for on America’s Work Force.

President of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau, Sue McConnell, heeds warning for scams to lookout for during tax season and around Valentine’s Day.

Better Business BureauOn Feb. 4, McConnell discussed three different scams to be on the lookout for during the next couple months while she was on America’s Work Force. The first thing scandal McConnell wants listeners to be cautious about is how to avoid tax ID theft. Some of those tips included completing your returns as soon as you get them, be careful of fraudulent communications attempting to gain access to your accounts and protect your private data.

Better Business BureauMcConnell discussed harassment and soliciting from Liberty Power electrical company and how you should not give in to all their pressure tactics in getting you to sign up with them. Lastly, since it is the Valentine’s Day, how you can avoid romance scams that typically happen over the internet. McConnell says these scams happen when “catfisher” scammers offer attractive photos, engage you actively over chat, act like they are “falling in love with you” but will never meet up with you, and then ask for you to send them money to help them get themselves out of a fabricated financial discrepancy.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about labor writer, Mark Gruenberg’s latest articles regarding the 35-day partial government shutdown that affected nearly 800,000 workers, causing long-term damage to workers and agencies. He also spoke about the bipartisan issue of making prescription drugs more affordable.



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.

Dorsey Hager Explains the Benefits of Working in the Building Trades on America’s Work Force

Show regular and Executive Secretary of the Columbus and Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Dorsey Hager explains why people should begin a career in the building trades during his appearance on America’s Work Force.

Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn Feb. 1, Hager discussed an upcoming Columbus area construction trades fair, where affiliated members of the C/CO BCTC will provide students and other career fair attendees with hands-on demonstrations of certain trade-specific tasks and also explain why they should consider becoming an apprentice. He said many people do not fully understand the the benefits of joining an apprenticeship, such as a debt-free education, the earn while you learn training model, good wages and good jobs. Hager also talked about the Building Futures program, which is designed to teach members of the underserved Franklin County community about the trades and provide them with the resources to help them become apprentices.

Mother Jones MagazineKara Voght, a writer with Mother Jones Magazine, also joined America’s Work Force on Feb. 1 and spoke about Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who could potentially be the biggest threat to Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential bid. Voght said Brown is worker and union friendly. He travels to union halls and speaks to workers about their concerns for their unions and other workers. She also examined the presidential landscape and different candidates.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the dignity of work and how working women have rights to sue over wage discrimination.



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.