Increasing Teacher’s Salary was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association spoke with America’s Work Force on April 30 about increasing teacher’s wages to adjust to inflation.

National Education Association

Garcia first spoke about teacher salaries throughout the United States and how it has not been keeping up with the rate of inflation. She said that the average teacher salary is down four percent in the past decade after accounting in the inflation rate. Because of this, a large amount of teachers have been forced to find a second or, in some causes, third job in order to make ends meet. Furthermore, the profession is having a hard time attracting people into it and having a harder time retaining teachers. Garcia also talked about the problems with charter schools and how they are drastically affecting funding for public schools.

America's Workforce Radio Ed "Flash" Ferenc

America’s Work Force host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Workers Memorial Day which honors all those who lost their lives on the job, and when OSHA became a law. Ferenc then talked about President Trump’s OSHA board is rolling back standards, putting workers at risk while on the job.



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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Legalization of Marijuana was a Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

On April 29, Steven Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project spoke with America’s Work Force to discuss the possible legalization of medical marijuana and benefits that would come with it.

Marijuana Policy Project

Hawkins began by talking about how he believes that many Democratic presidential candidates will be using the legalization of medical marijuana as one of their main talking points during their campaigns since there has been an increase in people who back the idea of legalization. Also, the possibility of criminal justice reform may go along with the legalization of marijuana and to have sentence reductions for those who have been imprisoned for possession and then offer re-entry programs to help them get their lives back on track. Hawkins talked about the benefits of medical marijuana and how it helps with a lot of the same things that opioids are used for, but without getting addicted, or succumb to addiction to other forms of painkillers. Furthermore, Hawkins talked about the benefits of legalization, such as tax revenue to help repair infrastructure and other necessities around the city, and the creation of more jobs.

International Labor Rights

Charlotte Tate, campaign associate with International Labor Rights spoke with AWF on April 29 about forced labor in Uzbekistan. Tate talked about how Uzbekistan is one of the largest exporters of cotton in the world and how all Uzbekis, men, women and children, are forced to pick cotton, while receiving little to no compensation for it. Tate said that had anyone refused to pick cotton, they could be arrested, and charged with sabotage and potentially serve jail time. Not only are Uzbekis forced to pick cotton, or face incarceration, but they are required to prioritize it higher than their actual job. Tate also talked about companies refusal to do business with another company who does not respect human rights and promotes forced labor in order to combat what is going on in Uzbekistan.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the negative effects that Wall Street has on businesses and Joe Biden’s economist agenda.



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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Steel Tariffs Were the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Tom Conway, international vice president for the United Steel Workers spoke to America’s Work Force on April 26 about the repercussions of the steel tariffs.

United Steel Workers

Conway first spoke about the Dow Chemical Plant in Deer Park and how the company locked out their employees without any type of pay or benefits. The lockout came after weeks of bargaining in which both sides did not budge on their demands that they wanted met. Conway said that Dow gave the workers their final offer, which consisted of a rollback on worker protections and benefits. He also talked about the United States tariffs on steel and how it is affecting the prices of washers and dryers. Conway also said that the money from the tariffs was supposed to create more jobs, which it did, just not nearly as many as predicted.

John Russo

John Russo with Working Class Perspectives also spoke to AWF on April 26. Russo first spoke about Ohio and how important it will be in 2020 presidential race. He also discussed why many auto workers had voted for Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race but how they are upset now since he did not follow through on his promises he made to their industry. Lastly, Russo spoke about the importance of labor negotiations and how workers should continue fighting for their rights and protections.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about celebrating the 28th year of Workers Memorial Day, which brings attention to the formation of OSHA to help workers remain safe and protected on the job.



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 Discussed More Thorough Labor Law Reform

Bill Samuel, director of government affairs with the AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on April 25 about better improving labor laws.

Bill Samuel AFL-CIO

Samuel discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), the updated version of NAFTA, and how the labor law reform in it still is not strong enough. He said that he would like to see the Mexican minimum wage, which is just above $3, to be raised so that the standard of living in Mexico could go up. Samuel stated that increasing the minimum wage in Mexico will help keep jobs in the United States as well because companies will be less willing to send jobs to Mexico since Mexican labor will not be as cheap as it once was. Lastly, he talked about Protect the Right to Organize Act (PRO) and the push to increase awareness of unions and the benefits of organizing.

Dan DeVerna

Financial adviser Dan DeVerna spoke with AWF on April 25 about what age you could retire at, and how to receive your retirement benefits. Outlined in his book “Retirement is Just the Beginning,” DeVerna states that there are specific plans put in place to retire at age 55, 59 ½, and 70 ½ years old. He said that every person is different, so they will all have different plans and should pick one that suits them the best. DeVerna also explained how much money a person needs for a good retirement and also how to get your money out of your 401k or other retirement plan.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc covered the Amazon driver’s recent victory where now they will not be forced to sign an arbitration agreement that would intentionally misclassify them, making them miss out on better pay and other benefits.



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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Unionizing Campaign Workers Discussed on America’s Work Force

Jesse Case, secretary treasurer of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 238 spoke with America’s Work Force on April 24 to discuss unionizing campaign workers in Iowa.

Case spoke about why there is a need to unionize the campaign workers in Iowa, where Local 238 is located. He said that the workers are working long hours, sometimes in dangerous conditions, and need the help of unions to bargain with them. Case said that the campaign workers that they have organized are under his local, 238. Furthermore, he was proud to say that the Iowa democratic party recognized Teamsters Local 238 as the official campaign representative.

Case continued his interview speaking about the Teamsters union and how they have the infrastructure and size for bargaining nationwide. He said that the Teamsters are a diverse union with members in every county in Iowa, and members in every state in the public and private sectors.

 

Mark Naymik, analyst for Cleveland.com spoke with AWF on April 24 on a variety of topics. One recurring topic that Johnson spoke about was Cleveland City Councilman Ken Johnson and the ongoing investigation against him. Naymik reported that the FBI is now investigating Johnson, saying he is now required to turn over all of his receipts to see if how much compensation he is requesting matches up with what he actually spent. Also, he is now required to fill out and submit thorough expense reports.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about President Trump’s tariffs on washing machines and the effects of it. He said that as a result of the tariffs, the price of washing machines went up, as did drying machines.



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 Discusses the Benefits of Hiring Union

Tom Buffenbarger, former general president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers spoke to America’s Work Force on April 23 about the benefits of using union workers.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Buffenbarger first spoke about Machinists Local 912 and their unanimous strike authorization vote at General Electric. He said that G.E. began to resent the unions for sticking together to bargain for their own rights and protections and that he was proud of the union for not letting the corporation walk all over them. Buffenbarger then talked about Boeing in North Carolina remaining non-union but are bringing in International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to show their employees the proper way to build, repair and maintain the 737 jets. Boeing continues to bring in union members to show their employees how to do the work, but won’t hire the union workers for full-time work. He mentioned that clearly, Boeing recognizes the quality of training and experience these union members have, but still won’t agree that hiring union is beneficial to the company.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission

Jon Reiss from the Cuyahoga County Veteran Service Commission spoke with AWF on April 23 about their dental, vision and hearing aid program. He said that the CCVSC offers this program as one of their financial services and is even available to the wives of veterans. Reiss then discussed the CCVSC hiring veterans to further follow their mission statement of “veterans serving veterans.”

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the Stop N Shop strike, which ended this week, after union members and customers showed incredible solidarity and stood up for their own rights and protections against a big company.



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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Undercover Employee at Walmart Discusses Experience on America’s Work Force

Hugo Meunier, author of Walmart: Diary of an Associate, talked about what he learned about Walmart while undercover on the April 22 edition of America’s Work Force.

walmart: diary of an associateIn 2012, Meunier went undercover as a Walmart associate for three months to investigate and record how the employees were treated. He stated that there was a brainwash type culture where employees were trained to denounce bad employees, sell out other employees if they don’t do things the Walmart cookie cut way, and to become “yes-men” to their superiors. Meunier touched on how employees would have individual meetings with their managers where they would push an anti-union agenda onto their workforce, saying that unions are only in it to work for themselves, not the company, and that is why the employees should not unionize.

PhRMARobert Zirkelbach, executive vice president of public affairs for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), spoke with AWF on April 22 about changes to medicare and prescription prices. He said that there is new legislation coming out called “Medicare Part B,” which is a program to help seniors receive discounts on their prescriptions, whether in a hospital or from their doctor. This program would increase access to complex medicines as well as allow the government to price prescriptions like other countries do.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisLarry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department was the last guest on the April 22 edition of AWF. Willis spoke discussed union busting moves in the aviation and rail work industries by people introducing legislature to make it easier to decertify unions in these sectors. He also talked about transit workers being assaulted on the job and discussed potential protections to keep them safe.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the ongoing Stop N Shop strike and the massive amounts of support that the workers are receiving during their 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.

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Expanding and Strengthening Social Security Discussed on America’s Work Force

Richard Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans spoke with America’s Work Force on Friday, April 19 about strengthening social security.

Norm Wernett Alliance for Retired AmericansFiesta began his time on AWF by explaining how the United States does not offer paid maternity leave like other countries do. A conservative bill has recently been brought up, which will use funds from one’s social security benefits to pay for their maternity leave. Fiesta then explained why the most recent GOP tax cut is hurting social security and what legislatures should do to strengthen it.

Mark Seavey American Legion MagazineMark Seavey from the American Legion magazine also spoke with AWF on April 19. Seavey talked about the Boston Marathon and how veterans ran it in honor of their injured or fallen brothers. He also talked about a “tough ruck” where veterans would carry their gear for 26.2 miles as a fundraiser for their fellow soldiers. This year, according to Seavey, over $860,000 was raised during the tough ruck. He also discussed the May edition of the publication and the 100 year celebration of the American Legion.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about income inequality, unionized nurses jobs being cut in Cuyahoga County jails, and the Mueller Report.



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 Gives an Overview on U.S. Business Relations with China

John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies and contributing writer with The Nation magazine spoke to America’s Work Force on April 18 about worsening relations between the U.S. and China and why it is happening.

Feffer first spoke about China’s steel industry and dumping steel into the United States, ruining the U.S. steel market. He then went and talked about the digital infrastructure and how the U.S. government is not supportive of China using it to collect data for their own personal gain. Next, Feffer spoke about the U.S.-China rift growing larger and larger, creating military concerns and possibilities of hostility towards each other. Lastly, he discussed China’s increase in spending on cleaner energy and how because of that, they unquestionably became a leader on clean energy development.

Crystal Bryant Cuyahoga County Office of ReentryCrystal Bryant, director of the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry also spoke to AWF on April 18. Bryant talked about providing resources for people who have been released from their incarceration and need help with reentry in the workforce. She also spoke about providing platforms for people who have successfully reentered the workforce to speak about the benefits of the program, in hopes that others take advantage of it as well.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about video game developers who are working 100+ hour work weeks with no overtime consider unionizing to protect themselves.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS,

Federal Employee Pay was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Arnold Scott, American Federation of Government Employees district 6 national vice president spoke with America’s Work Force on April 17 about the government’s attack on federal employee pay.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesScott began his time on AWF by talking about a newly proposed budget and how it will hurt federal employees and their pay. He then went on to talk about how no federal employees have paid parental leave and how he believes that it is unfair for them. According to Scott, only 14 percent of companies in the United States allow paid parental leave and he believes that number is way too low and needs to go up. Lastly, he discussed H.R. 1140, which deals with transportation federal security.

The Labor CitizenTom Germuska, Jr. editor of the Labor Citizen spoke with AWF on April 17 about the North American Building Trades Legislative Conference and gave a brief overview of what went on there. He said one of the many cool things that occurred at the conference was nine Democratic candidates for the upcoming 2020 presidential election spoke and talked about what they are bringing to the table. He also talked about Workers Memorial Day, which is on April 28, and events in the area to celebrate the day. Lastly, Germuska spoke about the May edition of the Labor Citizen.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about UAW workers at Volkswagen Chattanooga plant working hard 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.

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