America’s Work Force tackled the issue of repairing Ohio’s crumbling infrastructure.
On April 5, Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, discussed the situation facing Ohio’s legislators, who recently agreed to raise the state’s gas tax in order to fund infrastructure repair.
Hager talked about the gas tax and how it will assist in funding infrastructure repairs throughout Ohio. He said many bridges in Columbus and central ohio were rated fair, but are badly in need of repairs. Unfortunately, the money is currently not there to repair and maintain them. Hager also discussed the need to bring more people into the building trades and how great career opportunities can provide people a path to living a middle class life.
Sam Allard, writer for Cleveland Scene magazine, spoke with AWF about the recent layoffs at the Plain Dealer. In a classic union-busting move, 14 Plain Dealer writers, who were part of the News Guild, were laid off because the newspaper wanted to downsize and outsource a part of their operations. Allard said a few members who had been working for the Plain Dealer volunteered to be laid off in order to preserve the jobs of their coworkers, but there were not enough volunteers to save all those individuals who were laid off.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who announced his intention to run for President in the upcoming 2020 election.