Edward Hess, author of Humility is the New Smart, spoke to America’s Work Force on May 31 about the future of work and what can be done to protect workers. Continue reading
Al Neal, staff writer for People’s World spoke with America’s Work Force on May 30 about silent voters during the 2016 presidential election. Continue reading
Alex Tausanovitch, director of campaign finance and electoral reform from the Center for American Progress spoke with America’s Work Force on May 29 about the problem with the mapping of districts in Ohio. Continue reading
Retired general president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Tom Buffenbarger spoke with America’s Work Force on May 28 about Delta Airlines and their union busting tactics. Continue reading
Lew Jennings, author of 19 Minutes to Live – Helicopter Combat in Vietnam, spoke with America’s Work Force on Memorial Day, May 27, about his book and his time served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Continue reading
Sherry Linkon, writer for Working Class Perspectives, joined America’s Work Force on May 24 to discuss higher education in America. Continue reading
Bill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO, spoke with America’s Work Force on May 23 about the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Continue reading
Samuel Loesche, legislative representative with International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 122 spoke with America’s Work Force on May 22 to discuss lowering the age of interstate truck drivers. Continue reading
Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health spoke with America’s Work Force on May 21 about the United States “dirty dozen” companies.
Goldstein-Gelb spoke about the importance of workplace safety to allow workers to go to work, and come home safely with money in their pockets and no injuries sustained. She gave examples of corporations where injuries and deaths could have been prevented had the corporations followed OSHA standards. Goldstein-Gelb stated that workers should be properly trained and workplaces should be up to date on safety standards to ensure that the workers will be able to complete their jobs to the best of their abilities without having the high risk of injury or even death.
Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers spoke with AWF on May 21 to speak about the current state of public school funding formulas. She said that the current funding formula is only helping approximately 80 districts, leaving out all of the rest. Cropper mentioned that districts that have greater poverty problems are more likely to be flat funded, making them worse off than many other districts. She also discussed the new Ohio budget plan that did not include a new school funding formula, but talked more about wrap around funding for basic needs.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Ford Motors cutting ten percent of their corporations salaried staff, and also House Bill 154, the Prioritizing Workers Act.
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Mike Polensek, long time Cleveland city councilman, spoke with America’s Work Force on May 20 about promises President Trump has made as of late.
Polensek began his time by speaking about inner city Cleveland schools being closed or moved to different districts. He said that these schools would be closed because of lack of funding and lack of resources provided to the school. Polensek then talked about jobs being moved to China. He discussed President Trump promising that jobs will come back to America and American’s will be put back to work, but jobs continue to be lost to places outside of the United States. Lastly, Polensek spoke about the new NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and where improvements need to be made in the agreement.
Steve Koepp, content creator for From Day One, spoke about worker burnout in the United States. He said that workers are working more and more hours, but taking less vacations and other time off. Koepp said that in Europeans receive a month of vacation time, but Americans don’t want to take that much time off because of the amount of work they would need to catch up on once they return from their vacation.