AT&T Scandal Discussed on America’s Work Force

Frank Matthews, administrative director for the Communication Workers of America, District 4, spoke with America’s Work Force on Jan. 14 about the AT&T tax scandal.

Communication Workers of AmericaMathews spoke about the deal AT&T made where they asked for tax breaks, and for every $1 billion they made, they would create 7,000 jobs, but actually kept the money they saved and offshored their call center jobs. He said that AT&T turned their back on the promises they made to create more American jobs, and got rid of thousands of other jobs, all while saving money from the tax cuts. Matthews also spoke about the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and how it will ultimately give power back to the workers.

Cleveland Building and Construction Trades CouncilJay McFadden, business agent for Plumbers Local 55 spoke about the plumbing trade. He explained how the trades are a viable option for a sustainable career and how you do not need to pay for college or other schooling to become a plumber. McFadden said that in the trades everyone learns through an apprenticeship, giving them free schooling and paying a livable wage while they train for five years before becoming a journeyman. Rather than going to college, accumulating thousands of dollars in student debt and not being guaranteed a job, a person could find a job in the trades where they earn while they learn.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the large drop in factory worker numbers at the end of the decade compared to the start of it.


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