Race Inequality in the Midwest Discussed on America’s Work Force

Amy Hanauer, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 10 about race inequality in the midwest with economic opportunity.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerHanauer first talked about racism and how in certain areas it shapes a person’s wealth, income and economic opportunity. She talked about how minorities face wage discrimination and wage theft more often that non people of color do. Hanauer then discussed certain policies in midwest states that prevent African-Americans from earning good wages and block the building of healthy communities. Lastly, she talked about how to address and counteract structural racism and accrued disadvantages in certain communities. Hanauer said that policymakers need to make the push to improve conditions of communities and schools by putting more money into them and maintain consistent funding to underserved areas.

UAW United Auto WorkersDesiree Hoffman, international representative for the United Auto Workers spoke with AWF on Oct. 10 about economic security and job security in the United States. She talked about how Unions offer workers economic security by ensuring that they are being paid a livable wage and their wages are not being stolen by their employers. She also talked about how collective bargaining agreements are essential for workers to be able to voice conditions of employment such as wages and safety concerns.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about United States billionaires paying a lower tax rate than the working class in 2018.



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Importance of Finding Common Ground Discussed on America’s Work Force

James Hoggan, co-founder of DeSmogBlog and author of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot spoke with America’s Work Force on Aug. 30 about political parties reporting news about the political climate.

JamesHoganHoggan talked about how political parties twist stories to favor their agenda and discredit the opposing party, creating a myopic point-of-view on issues, rather than reporting an issue for what it really was. He said that political parties do not know how to properly communicate with each other or find common ground, and would rather tear down the other party’s image instead of talking through major issues and communicating properly with one another. Hoggan said that social media is another big problem when it comes to reporting accurate news stories. Social media is great in the sense that it gives anybody the ability to voice their opinion, however, there is no way to filter out what may be true or not. As a result, people could begin to believe something that is not remotely true and become outraged at a completely fabricated issue. Hoggan stressed that people need to do thorough research on issues instead of making knee-jerk reactions in order to properly form an educated opinion.

Steve Rosenfeld, editor for the Independent Media Institute spoke with AWF on Aug. 30 about the need for the United States to improve their voting systems for the upcoming 2020 presidential election. He mentioned that with how improved technology has become, there should be a foolproof way for voters to be able to cast their ballots without any issue whatsoever. Rosenfeld said that we have the technology to accomplish this task, the political parties just need to find a process to agree on and then move from there.



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Ohio Federation of Teachers Leads the Discussion Today on America’s Work Force

Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 15 on improving conditions in charter schools.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperCropper first talked about the non-profit organization called Say Yes to Education and how they are working to ensure children in our communities have the means and opportunity to attend college. The organization works to provide scholarships for college or other post secondary schools to give kids the opportunity to further their education and have a fair shot at advancing in life. Cropper then discussed charter schools and how many of them in the area are underfunded and in desperate need of more resources for their classrooms. She hopes that Ohio’s legislatures are challenged to visit these schools and listen to these educators and committees about what needs to be done to improve their classrooms so that they can give their kids the best educational experience possible.

The ProgressiveSarah Lahm, a Minneapolis-based writer with the Progressive spoke with AWF on Oct. 15 about why Democrat candidates should target charter schools with parts of their agendas. She said that non-profit charter schools are in a never-ending battle against for-profit schools as they usually fall under the victim to being underfunded and under resourced. Lahm said that if a candidate could gain support from people in charter school areas by promising to help improve quality and conditions of schools, the candidate will find they will gain many supporters.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Houston Airport Workers receiving an increase in minimum wage from $7 an hour up to $12 an hour.



 

Rank Choice Voting Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential candidate in 2012 and 2016, spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 9 on the topic of ranked-choice voting.

Dr. Jill SteinStein first spoke about the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. She said that she finds the reasons for his impeachment valid because he has been abusing his power for personal and political gain. Stein went on to talk about how President Trump paid Ukraine to investigate Democratic Presidential Candidate, Joe Biden, and although that in itself should not have been done, Trump found out that the Bidens have also been making shady business deals. She then talked about the ranked-choice voting system and the benefits of this method. Ranked-choice voting is when a person ranks the candidates in order of their preference of who they would want to win, and if their first choice did not win, their vote would go to their next choice and so on. Stein said that ranked-choice voting is working in Maine and she would like to see other states adopt this voting method soon.

The Labor CitizenTom Germuska, Jr., editor of the Labor Citizen spoke with AWF on Oct. 9 about the upcoming issue of their monthly newspaper. One of the stories featured in the October edition of the Labor Citizen regards the grand opening of the Rocket Mortgage Field House in downtown Cleveland, formerly the Quicken Loans Arena. He talked about how the project was done using union labor and was completed on time and on budget with more than 20 percent of the man hours being completed using Cleveland residents. Germuska also discussed this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, being called National Save Apprenticeships Week and why registered apprenticeship programs are superior to Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs).

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about sex discrimination in the work place and how being part of a union can help protect workers from sex discrimination.



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Over the Counter Drugs Were the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Scott Melville, CEO of Consumer Healthcare Products Association spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 8 about over the counter drug prices.

Scott MelvilleMelville talked about how in 2011 under the Restoring Access to Medication Act, a person would be able to go into any pharmacy and purchase over the counter medication and their health savings account would pay for it. He said that a person’s health savings account would cover anything that their insurance provider did not cover. Meville also talked about how the rapidly increasing prescription drug prices are out of control and congress needs to work on putting together legislation to fix the issue. He stated that there is a common sense bi-partisan bill in the works right now to make prescription drugs more affordable, but we will have to wait and see what will happen.

Communication Workers of AmericaFrank Mathews, Administrative Director of District 4 of the Communication Workers of America joined AWF on Oct. 8 to talk about the AT&T tax scam and Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. He said that with the AT&T tax scam, an investigation needs to be done and punishment needs to be distributed to AT&T for not following up on their promises of creating jobs after saving money from a tax break. Mathews said that action needs to be taken against AT&T so that other corporations do not try to follow suit on this and abuse the tax system. He then talked about how the PRO Act is necessary to help protect workers against any reprisal or punishment when discussing organizing in their workplace. Mathews stated that it helps encourage workers to have a voice and stand up for themselves and shifts power back to workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the third week of the General Motors strike and how it affects their workers.



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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Scams to be on the Lookout for this Fall Discussed on America’s Work Force

Sue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 7 about scams to be on the lookout for during the fall months.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauMcConnell first warned listeners about falling for contractor scams. She said that contractors are going door-to-door and telling people that they have left over materials and resources to rework their driveway and are willing to provide them a service for a discounted price in order to get rid of their surplus of material. Once the person agrees to the service, the contractor will either provide a shoddy service, or no service at all and take the scamee’s money.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauA second scam that McConnell warned about was a FaceBook video scam. With this scam, she said that a person would receive a message in the FaceBook Messenger app saying to click on the link that was sent to them to see a video of themselves or someone they may know, and once the link is clicked, usernames and passwords are stolen and malware is downloaded onto your computer which accesses more of your personal information.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauThe last scam McConnell discussed involved Robinson Contracting in northeast Ohio. Robinson Contracting goes door-to-door asking house owners if they need any work done and once hired, they provide less than average quality work, or would even ruin other parts of a person’s home so they could be hired to fix that problem too.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsMark Gruenberg, labor writer for Press Associates Union spoke with AWF on Oct. 7 about jobless numbers and labor and civil rights cases. On the topic of joblessness, he said that it is under 3.5 percent, but wage growth is only 2.9 percent, which is slow. He also talked about labor and civil rights cases that will be taken to court soon, some of them involving collective bargaining. Lastly, Gruenberg discussed the unions standing against President Trump, and the progress on the impeachment inquiry against him.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed week three of the General Motors strike and machinists workers walking out in Kansas City.



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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Team NEO Research Discussed on America’s Work Force

Jacob Duritsky, vice president of strategy and research for Team NEO spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 4 about recent findings in his teams’ research on industry diversification in Ohio.

Duritsky spoke about the healthcare industry, manufacturing, productivity and wage growth. While talking about a quarterly economic review on the healthcare industry in northeast Ohio, he said that it had grown by nearly 20 percent, which would equate to about 3.8 million workers. Duritsky discussed how since the recession back in 2007, the manufacturing industry had been steadily recovering and jobs are being added across the industry. Lastly, he spoke about net wage growth since the 2007 recession. According to Team NEO’s report, the average net wage growth in northeast Ohio since 2007 has been 25 percent, which is still behind the national average.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilDorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with AWF on Oct. 4 about the Building Futures Program and their latest graduating class. He said that the program was designed to introduce high school aged kids in underprivileged and underserved areas to the building trades and show them that an apprenticeship will lead to a job that will put them on a path to the middle class. Hager also talked about Columbus candidates night where people can listen to candidates discuss their future goals and plans.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about another union, the National Nurses Union, is now lined up opposing President Trump’s re-election in 2020.



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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Union in Support of President Trump Discussed on America’s Work Force

Kris LaGrange, host of UCOMM Blog spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 3 about a union that is in support of President Trump’s re-election.

LaGrange discussed his office being vandalized by, who he thinks are fans of a company that he spoke out against. LaGrange spoke out against Barstool Sports President, Dave Portnoy, after he threatened his workers with termination if they decided to unionize. LaGrange, not happy about hearing this, called him out and soon thereafter the UCOMM office exterior was vandalized, believing it to be Barstool Sports fans who are trying to silence him from speaking against Portnoy.

Kris LaGrange UCOMM Blog

During further discussion during his interview, LaGrange talked about the International Union of Police Associations being the first AFL-CIO affiliated union to be in support of President Trump’s re-election. He said the IUPA claims that President Trump has done more for police than President Obama and that is why he has their support. LaGrange pointed out that President Obama was also a big supporter of police and their union.

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AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke today about AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka standing at the picket lines with UAW striking members telling them that they have the support of the millions of AFL-CIO members.



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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Striking General Motors Member Speaks on America’s Work Force

Sean Crawford, a member of United Auto Workers 598 and contributing writer for In These Times Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 2 about the ongoing UAW strike at General Motors plants.

In These Times MagazineCrawford, who is from Flint, Michigan first spoke about the Flint water situation. He said that some parts of Flint still do not have clean drinking water and how there still needs to be work done to the cities water pipes to help fix the problem. Crawford then went on to talk about the UAW members who are striking at the GM plants and how GM cares more about their profits than their workers. He mentioned how the only way for the workers to get their voices heard is to show solidarity and come together collectively and say what it is that they want in their contracts. There will be no compromise if there is no organization in their demands. Lastly, Crawford said that the workers can’t overstep with their demands, they need to make them reasonable so there could continue to be conversation and progress towards compromise.

Dave Megenhardt United Labor AgencyDave Megenhardt, executive director for the United Labor Agency spoke with AWF on Oct. 2 about training workers in different sectors. The ULA provides programs to help people find the skills that they need in order to find a job. Megenhardt also talked about workers finding jobs where they have sustainable wages and could live off of just one job. He then discussed workers above the age of 50 getting laid off and having difficulty finding another job to last them until retirement. Lastly, Megenhardt spoke about the ULA’s unsung heroes banquet which is held every year.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the General Motors strike, and United States manufacturing falling into a recession.



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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Preservation of America’s Outdoor Heritage Discussed on America’s Work Force

Scott Vance, CEO and executive director of Union Sportsmen’s Alliance spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 1 about efforts to preserve America’s parks.

Union Sportsmen's AllianceVance began his time with AWF explaining what the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is all about. He said that they work to preserve and improve America’s park infrastructure, such as docks, boat piers, park benches, picnic tables and park bathrooms. Vance said that there is a 14 billion dollar backlog to improve America’s parks and they are in desperate need of improvements. One of the major reasons they do what they do is to allow children and families to have access to a safe, clean and pleasant recreation area outside and have people experience the outdoors rather than avoiding it. The organization is currently working in underprivileged and underfunded areas right now to give kids the chance at a recreational area they had never really had the chance to experience before. Lastly, he talked about how they work to preserve outdoor heritage by providing firearm safety lessons, and expose kids to fishing and hunting.

AFL-CIOTim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on Oct 1 about Ohio House Bill 6, the nuclear bailout bill. He explained that the AFL-CIO back the bill because it provided good union jobs, fossil fuel free energy and it put $125 million into appropriations for renewable energy. Burga also talked about the upcoming Democratic debate, which are to be held at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. He said that they will be discussing economic ideas and plans, wage raises and protection of social security, pensions and medicare.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the General Motors strike and how GM is hiring scab labor at plants in Texas and Missouri. Flash also touched on Chicago teachers union authorizing a 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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