Immigration Reform and New Trade Deals Discussed on America’s Work Force

Bill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO spoke about the immigration reform and the United State-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on the Feb. 28 edition of America’s Work Force.

Bill Samuel AFL-CIOSamuel spoke about President Trump’s emergency declaration to receive money to fund the southern border wall and how he is taking money from other departments in order to obtain what he needs, since congress would not approve his request for money. He then moved on to talking about immigration reform and how it needs to be done more appropriately. Samuel also mentioned the USMCA, new NAFTA, and how the negotiating between the three countries is complete, but workers are not satisfied by it. There needs to be more protection of workers and their jobs included, along with other labor law reform, said Samuel.

Dan DeVernaFinancial adviser, Dan DeVerna, spoke about understanding certain aspects of your retirement plan, as well as providing some tips, during his Feb. 28 appearance on AWF. DeVerna discussed how new retirement plans are allowing roth IRA’s in 401ks and other retirement plans. He said that you would pay tax on your money one time before it goes in, and then you would never pay tax on it again.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the upcoming trades fair on March 7, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, hosted at Max Hayes high school in Cleveland, Ohio.



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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Healthcare Then vs. Now Compared on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 27, Dr. Gary Freed, professor at the University of Michigan, discussed the similarities and differences between healthcare back in the 1970’s compared to now.

Dr. Gary FreedDr. Freed talked about the healthcare plan that President Richard Nixon proposed in the 1970’s and spoke about how there are some aspects to it that were the same as ObamaCare. Part of Obamacare said that employers with at least 50 employees are required to provide healthcare for them, but in Nixon’s plan, it required the employers to provide the healthcare to the employees even if there were less than 50 employees. He made other comparisons to President Nixon’s healthcare plan with ObamaCare, but the biggest difference in the political parties that proposed these plans are simple; Nixon’s was Republican and Obama’s was Democratic. Finally, Dr. Freed discussed single payer healthcare and the problems that he sees with it, but also a scenario where he sees it working out.

International Brotherhood of TeamstersJohn Murphy from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters spoke about the Butch-Lewis Act, which involves protecting pensions for workers and retirees. He also discussed why Republicans attack pensions. One of the reasons behind this is they believe that keeping pensions in place saves unions, and Republicans, generally speaking, do not stand 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.

Bad Trade Deals Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

On Feb. 22, Dave McCall, United Steelworkers District 1, provided perspective on bad trade deals with China on America’s Work Force Radio.

United SteelworkersMcCall talked about China dumping steel into the United States steel market for such low prices that it is making it difficult for U.S. steel to compete. He said that China would send steel to other countries and then have them export it to the U.S., still for such low prices, which continues to add on to the issue. McCall said that the U.S. should invest in its own steel industry because when it overperforms, it has better return on investment, which in turn creates more money to invest in more resources, improve technologies, increase in workers and help the economy.

John RussoJohn Russo spoke about Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) stressing the dignity of work and workers during his speeches in various states during his Feb. 22 AWF appearance. Russo also talked about connecting some of Dr. Martin Luther King’s teaching on the dignity of work to how we look at work today. He said no matter what work a person is doing, if they are devoting themselves to it, then their job should be respected. He then went on to talk about the future of work and the protection of workers. He concluded his time by speaking about the variety of Democrat presidential candidates in what he called a political “parabola” rather than a political spectrum.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about West Virginia teachers returning to their classrooms after legislation passed, killing a bill that would have taken away funding for classrooms. He also mentioned Governor Dewine’s proposed gas tax increase of 18 cents that he wants implemented in full on July 1.



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.

Problems With Pensions was a Hot Topic on America’s Work Force

During the Feb. 26 edition of America’s Work Force, Tom Buffenbarger, former president on the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers discussed problems with protecting worker pensions.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersBuffenbarger spoke about how United Airlines filed for bankruptcy, because they couldn’t afford to pay out their workers pension plans, where a bankruptcy judge wiped the airline’s pension plan obligations, leaving the workers with nothing. He was talking about how unfair this is to the workers because they worked for, and earned these pensions just to have them stolen. Buffenbarger then expressed his worries for General Electric workers after their problems with the corporation investing worker pension money into businesses that ended up failing and losing the money. Lastly, he spoke about needing legislation to help protect worker pensions so they are not stolen by the company and given to the workers that earned them.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission executive director, spoke about the services that the CCVSC provides during his Feb. 26 appearance on AWF. Reiss said that the CCVSC is an emergency financial assistance program that helps veterans with mortgage, rent, car payments, food, and other monetary needs. They do not, however, help with taxes or insurance. Reiss mentioned that unless they already have a job, the veterans using the financial assistance program are required to attend the CCVSC job club to help them find a job and are required to maintain attendance until they are hired.



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 Need for More Workers in the Trades was Discussed on America’s Work Force

During the Feb. 25 edition of America’s Work Force, Doreen Cannon, president of Plumbers Local 55, a Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Affiliate, spoke about recruiting more people into the trades.

Cleveland Building and Construction Trades CouncilA trades fair is coming up on March 7, hosted at Max Hayes High School in Cleveland, Ohio from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Cannon said that the fair, hosted twice a year, has grown exponentially since the first trades fair five years ago. Cannon then went on to discuss the benefits of an apprenticeship, such as an earn while you learn approach, good health benefits, free training, and earning college credits. She spoke on the high demand for more apprentices and tradespeople in Cleveland due to the large amount of construction projects going on in the area.

 

John Hamercheck Lake County CommissionerLake County Commissioner, John Hamercheck, spoke about the Perry Power Plant that is scheduled to shut down in 2021. He said that when the plant shuts down, over 30 million dollars in taxes will be lost, over 700 plant workers will be out of a job, and there will be nearly a half billion dollar hit to the states GDP. Hamercheck also mentioned that the Perry Power Plant just set a new operational record for most consecutive days in operation.

 

 

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisLarry Willis, President of the Transportation Trades Department, talked about infrastructure in Ohio receiving a “D+” rating and other failing infrastructure throughout the rest of the United States. He mentioned President Trump’s initial promises when he first took office about improving America’s infrastructure and how there has been nearly no progress on that promise. Lastly, Willis spoke about Governor Dewine proposing a gas tax raise of 18 cents by July, and the push for truck drivers 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.

Problems with Children’s Brain Developments in Northeast Ohio Explained on America’s Work Force.

On Feb. 21, Cleveland.com writer Rachel Dissell spoke about lead poisoning affecting children’s ability to learn during her time on America’s Work Force.

Rachel Dissell Cleveland.comDissell spoke about the major issue of lead poisoning in Northeast Ohio homes affecting children’s ability to learn, beginning when they reach Kindergarten. Dissell explained that these kids are being exposed to excessive amounts of lead in their homes from lead based paint used when they were built. Dissell said that over 97 percent of homes in Cleveland were built before 1976, which means that lead based paint was used on the interior of the house. Over the years, when the paint began to chip, disintegrate, and the particles float around and get inhaled, it poisons the house occupants. With children, when exposed at a young age, the effects start to surface around the age of the average Kindergartner. This can cause impulse control, attention deficit problems, visual problems, and other irreversible damage. Dissell said that there is currently an effort to push legislation through to make it so houses are thoroughly inspected and examined, allowing a new family to move in based on the safety of living.

United SteelworkersJosé Arroyo, United Steelworkers staff representative from Local 621, spoke about the Lordstown plant closure during his Feb. 21 AWF appearance. He mentioned that not only are the workers at GM Lordstown losing their jobs, but also the company that services GM parts, pre-assembly of certain components, and warehouse logistics with GM will also be losing work because of the factory shut down.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Governor Mike Dewine proposing that the way to fix Ohio’s roads and bridges is with money from an increased gas tax. He also spoke briefly about President Trump declaring a national emergency to receive money to fund the southern border wall.



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 Herbs to Heal Your Body Discussed on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 19, Dr. Cass Ingram joined America’s Work Force to discuss the herb, turmeric, and the benefits it has on your body.

Dr Cass IngramDr. Ingram said that it is a natural anti-inflammatory that also helps reduce the pain of arthritis. Dr. Ingram told AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc that thanks to curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, the herb is helpful in preventing inflammation of a person’s joints and also modifies immune system responses to certain things. He also talked about turmeric having the same benefits on dogs as it does with humans,reducing and preventing joint inflammation.

AFGE Joseph and Denise GloverBoth, Joseph and Denise Glover from AFGE Local 3283 joined AWF today to discuss the Defensive Finance and Accounting Services in Cleveland. Joseph is a Union Steward and Denise is the Local 3283 President, both working on the DFAS-Cleveland bargaining unit. The DFAS pays all DoD military and civilian personnel, retirees and annuitants, as well as major DoD contractors and vendors.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed day two of the Summit Academy, Parma charter school teacher strike. He said that Summit Academy says that they will be reopening with non-union teachers and that the school is disappointed in the current teachers lack of willingness to fair bargaining at the bargaining table.



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.

Teacher Strike in Ohio Run Down on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 19, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, Melissa Cropper, discussed the increased in teachers going on strike across the United States on America’s Work Force.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperTeachers throughout the U.S are standing up for themselves and their students and going on strike. This is the second teacher strike in a year in West Virginia for smaller class sizes, higher wages, more school counselors, and more quality resources for students. Cropper was joined by Christine Kindel, a teacher at Summit Academy in Ohio, currently on strike to fight for better resources for their students. Kindel said that the issues that resorted to their strike are resulting in a decline in janitorial services, teachers are leaving, which creates bigger classes, lack of special education resources, and other health and safety concerns at her school. She feels that it is unfair for the students and hopes to reach an agreement soon because this is ultimately hurting the students.

Fix Our Roads OhioKeary McCarthy of the Ohio Mayor’s Alliance discussed fixing Ohio’s roads during his Feb. 19 appearance on AWF. McCarthy is part of a coalition called Fix Our Roads Ohio, which stresses the needs of Ohio’s transportation infrastructure and a long term funding solution to fix and improve it for years to come.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Ohio Republican lawmakers pushing to make Ohio’s prevailing wage an option rather than mandatory. He also talked about a non-partisan coalition coming together to review and assess immigration and border security needs.



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.

Ohio Legislative Agenda was Discussed on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 18, Ohio State Senator Tom Patton discussed new legislation for Ohio while on America’s Work Force.

 

State Representative Tom PattonPatton discussed legislation focused on repairing and improving infrastructure, mainly on Ohio’s bridges. According to Patton, Ohio has the second most amount of bridges in the United States, behind Texas, and that most of them are due for repair and other improvements. Along with bridges, he talked about repairing roads and improving other infrastructure. Patton also discussed drawing more high school students toward the trades while validating that it is a viable career for their future.

 

Andrew Rosenthal New York TimesAndrew Rosenthal, journalist with the New York Times, talked about his new book, The New York Times Book of Politics: 167 Years of Covering the State of the Union. During this time, he addresses how coverage has changed from 1851 to today and how the president’s relationship with the press is constantly changing.

 

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about presidential rankings, such as most popular, most hated, most successful, and more.



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.

Lowering Prescription Drug Costs was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Norm Wernett, head of the Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans discussed lowering the cost of prescription drugs on his Feb. 15 appearance on America’s Work Force.

Norm Wernett Alliance for Retired AmericansWernett talked about legislation that will be put in place to allow the negotiation over prescription drug prices. He said that certain prescription drugs in the United States are more than double the price compared to other countries. Wernett talked about how our healthcare system needs to be fixed because some people cannot afford their prescription drugs because of the constant increase in price. Lastly, there is a bipartisan issue on medicare that will be discussed in the future on how to make medicare work for all American people.

Mark Seavey American Legion MagazineMark Seavey, web editor and blogger for the American Legion Magazine, discussed a floating repair shop just off shore of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He talked about how the shop would repair 20,000 aircraft components per month during the war and get the aircrafts, along with other machinery, back in action much faster than having to send them all the way back to the U.S to get repaired. Seavey mentioned that if they would send them back to the U.S. for repairs, it would take weeks to get them there, on top of the time to repair and ship back. Thanks to their floating repair center right off shore, they would have a much faster return rate.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed increasing the minimum wage in Ohio to 15 dollars in hour by 2024 and all the benefits that it would bring to the workers and the rest of the state.



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.