United Auto Workers Talk USMCA Trade Agreement on America’s Work Force Radio

Josh Nassar, United Auto Workers Legislative Director, joined America’s Work Force Radio and talked about the effect of the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on the auto industry.

United Auto Workers Josh NassarNassar said the new trade pact is not strong enough to protect U.S. autoworkers. He felt the point of renegotiating NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) was to lead to additional investment in domestic auto plants and the creation more jobs in the U.S., which would result in the shutdown of fewer automotive plants. Nassar then discussed the upcoming new congress term and issues lawmakers will focus on, such as Medicare for all, drug costs and pre-existing conditions.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerZach Schiller, Research Director with Policy Matters Ohio, appeared on AWF on Dec. 13 and spoke about the lame duck session of the Ohio legislature. He described a variety of bills the Ohio House and Senate House are voting on and the effects of the legislation, if it passed.

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the battle to become Ohio’s next Speaker of the House. At least three labor unions have contacted Ohio House Democrats to express their support for Republican representative Larry Householder over current speaker Ryan Smith.


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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Green Party Green New Deal Explained on America’s Work Force Radio

Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for New York governor, discussed the Green New Deal during his Dec. 12 appearance on America’s Work Force Radio.

Howie HawkinsHawkins, who finished third in New York’s governor’s race, described his vision of the Green New Deal, which includes items such as revitalizing the public sector through the investment in cleaner energy, improved infrastructure and mass transit. He talked about using the distribution of wealth, which he labeled as shared prosperity through progressive tax reforms, to fund schools and public services. Hawkins promoted the New York OFF Fossil Fuels Act, which is an effort to force the use of renewable energy, in an attempt to make New York the national leader in renewable energy.

The Labor Citizen MagazineTom Germuska, Jr., with the Labor Citizen, joined AWF and talked about the recent announcement of the Columbus Community Sports Complex project. The project utilizes a Community Benefit Agreement, which guarantees the use of highly trained and highly skilled local workers to construct the new sports complex. There was also an announcement about the construction of a new Major League Soccer stadium in Columbus for the Crew SC. MLS must approve the sale of the team to Dee and Jimmy Haslam before the project to build the new stadium can move forward. Germuska also discussed the December edition of the Labor Citizen. Within this 48-page publication is the Sixth Annual Holiday Gift Guide, which features union-made and U.S. made products.

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc recapped President Trump’s meeting with incoming House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), where Trump threatened to shutdown the government if lawmakers do not agree to build his wall along the U.S. southern border.  Ferenc also discussed how the Unite Here union and Marriott Hotels reached a contract agreement, which should be a blueprint for all collective bargaining agreements moving forward.


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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Communication Workers of America Administrative District 4 Director Discussed AT&T Jobs on America’s Work Force Radio

Frank Mathews, CWA District 4 Administrative Director, provided an update on AT&T Midwest jobs during his Dec. 11 appearance on America’s Work Force Radio.

Communication Workers of AmericaMathews said AT&T received a tax cut and he hoped they would create more jobs with the extra funds. Instead of creating jobs, AT&T ended up cutting thousands of jobs through offshoring and outsourcing. He then explained the importance of holding corporations accountable for their actions. Mathews spoke about current legislation in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Dave Wondolowski Cleveland Building and Construction Trades CouncilDave Wondolowski from the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council joined America’s Work Force Radio and talked about how apprenticeship programs affiliated with the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council were praised for their high quality of training. He explained the affiliated apprenticeship programs are all self-funded. Wondolowski talked about the recent Cleveland Building Trades Apprenticeship Fair, which had a record turnout, as more than 300 people attended the fair to learn about the opportunities provided by the trades. He also spoke about the importance of enforcing Project Labor Agreements and Prevailing Wage.

Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of AWF, discussed the recent lame duck legislation in Wisconsin, as well as the Trump administration’s new attack against collective bargaining agreements.


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


Learn How to Protect Yourself Against Unwanted Telemarketing Calls and Scams on America’s Work Force Radio

Listeners of the Dec. 10 edition of America’s Work Force Radio learned how to protect themselves from unwanted telemarketing calls and phone scams.

Dan Doron Ohio Consumer CounselDan Doron, from the Ohio Consumer Counsel, talked about the steps people should take to prevent unwanted telemarketing calls. He urged individuals to sign up for the national Do Not Call registry, which should help them reduce the amount of unwanted phone calls received from telemarketers. He discussed how to prevent being scammed by fraudulent telemarketers. The warning signs, Doron said, of a phone scammer are if they ask for credit card information, account numbers, or any other personal information.

Laborers Local 860 ClevelandLaborers Local 860 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Tony Liberatore joined America’s Work Force Radio and discussed workers’ pay, along with So-Called “Right to Work” legislation. He also talked about Ohio’s infrastructure and discussed the need for infrastructure improvements throughout the U.S. as well.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the possibility of Tesla taking over shuttered General Motors factories. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said there is a possibility the electric car manufacturer could buy the plants, if they close.


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


America’s Work Force Radio Talks Columbus Crew Soccer

Keeping the Columbus Crew Soccer Club in Ohio’s capital city was the main topic on America’s Work Force Radio.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn Dec. 7, Dorsey Hager, Executive-Secretary Treasurer of the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council, appeared on AWF and discussed the future of professional soccer in Columbus. Hager talked about the future plans of Mapfre Stadium, which is the current home of the Crew. He explained the plans to turn the Mapfre, formerly known as Crew Stadium, into a multi-purpose sports complex with various fields and an indoor training facility for the Columbus Crew. He provided insight into the project and how the Columbus/Central Ohio building trades will be utilized to build this complex. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has agreed to a Community Benefit Agreement on this project to ensure the work gets done on time, safely and under budget by local highly skilled workers. Hager also spoke about the Columbus Building Futures Program, which is pre-apprenticeship program designed to expose under served Franklin County residents to the building trades.

Mother Jones WebsiteTim Murphy, from Mother Jones Magazine, joined America’s Work Force Radio and discussed soon-to-be former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and the impact he made in Texas during the midterm elections running against Sen. Ted Cruz. Murphy said O’Rourke’s campaign moved Texas from being a Republican state to a voting state.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Sen. Sherrod Brown, who condemned corporate greed. He remembered Pearl Harbor Day.


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


America’s Work Force Radio Talks about Importance of Cancer Screenings

On the Dec. 6 edition of America’s Work Force Radio, Dr. Maria Schiavone discussed the importance of cancer screenings and early detection.

Dr. Maria SchiavoneDr. Schiavone, who specializes in Gynecologic Oncology at Holy Name Medical Center in New Jersey, stressed the need for cancer screenings, which could save a life. She said the earlier the cancer is detected, the more likely the cancer can be treated and a life saved. Dr. Schiavone was joined by a cancer survivor, who explained how early detection saved her life. The survivor urged people to undergo frequent screenings and keep in touch with their doctors.

Yvonne PointerYvonne Pointer was the second guest on America’s Work Force Radio and spoke about the death of her daughter, Gloria, who was murdered on Dec. 6, 1984 in Cleveland. Pointer confronted her daughter’s killer after he was caught and talked about finding strength through prayer, which helped her find her purpose in life. In the wake of her daughter’s death, Pointer launched two support groups, Positive Plus and Parents against Child Killing. She also discussed the Gloria Pointer Teen Foundation Initiative, which supports the education of West African children.

Senator Kenny YukoOhio State Sen. Kenny Yuko was the final guest on AWF and talked about gerrymandering. He also discussed Ohio Issue One, which failed by 27 percent in the General Election. Yuko, a longtime marijuana advocate, said it is important to make sure similar future issues treat everyone equally and fairly.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the action taken by Wisconsin Republicans during a lame duck session.


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 Radio Topic: Economic Development Incentives Hurt Public Schools

The topic of economic development incentives hurting public schools was discussed on the Dec. 5 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

Greg LeRoy Good Jobs FirstGreg LeRoy, Executive Director of Good Jobs First, spoke about school subsidies in different states. He said corporations throughout the country are given subsidies. Often times, businesses receive taxpayer money to move, remain in a certain geographical area or help the company expand. Last year, LeRoy said schools throughout the country combined to lose over $1.8 billion due to economic development tax incentives given to corporations. He argued this money should be invested into hiring more teachers, which in turn, would lower class sizes and make for a better learning environment. LeRoy explained the actual cost per job of the Amazon H2 headquarters economic development agreements.

Carolyn Lookabill American SeniorCarolyn Lookabill, from Providence Home Healthcare, which provides management for senior living facilities, joined AWF and talked about the increased use of technology by people age 60 or older. She said a larger portion of the senior population now uses technology, which includes medical equipment capable of sending real-time information, such as heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, etc., to their physicians, who can monitor the data and keep their patients safe. She also discussed the advancement in technology available to caregivers, which is designed to improve the quality of life for the people they are providing care.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the General Motors Lordstown plant and the lame duck session of Congress.


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


America’s Work Force Radio Remembers Former IBEW International President Ed Hill

Ed Hill, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers International President Emeritus was remembered on America’s Work Force Radio.

International Brotherhood of Workers IBEWFormer IBEW Secretary Treasurer Sam Chilia appeared on AWF to discuss the recent passing of Hill. Chilia, who worked alongside Hill, paid his respects to his friend and colleague, who passed away on Dec. 3. Chilia reflected on Hill’s life, talked about his involvement with IBEW Local 712 in Beaver Creek, Pa., and his passion and drive to support his members. As IBEW International President, Hill worked tirelessly to ensure there were jobs were available for his members.

Author Andrew Gause was also a guest on the Dec. 4 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

Andrew GauseGause, who wrote Uncle Sam Cooks the Books, discussed the U.S. national debt crisis, which he said is becoming exponentially worse. He also spoke about the rising student debt crisis. Student debt currently represents a larger amount of debt nationwide than credit card debt. Gause explained President Richard Nixon’s actions in 1971 to end dollar convertibility to gold, and the effect of tax cuts on certain areas of the US.

America’s Work Force Radio show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement signing ceremony and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s opinion on the deal.


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


BBB Warns of Holiday Shopping Scams on America’s Work Force Radio

Sue McConnell from the Better Business Bureau warned shoppers should beware of holiday shopping scams on America’s Work Force Radio.

McConnell, during her Dec. 3 AWF appearance, listed a number of scams to look out for while shopping during the upcoming Christmas season. Motorists and anyone else using a gas or kerosene pump should be aware of is a credit card skimmer at the pumps. She said people’s credit card information is being stolen through the use of card skimmers and explained the steps to take if you fall victim to it. She stressed the importance of checking the validity of websites before making an online purchase. This is especially important on big-ticket items to ensure the company is legitimate so you do not get ripped off. Finally, McConnell talked about doing research and meeting in person before buying a puppy as a gift. By doing so, shoppers will be able to make sure the dog is as described, healthy and gives you the ability to ask any questions about the animal.

Mark Gruenberg People's WorldLabor writer Mark Gruenberg joined America’s Work Force Radio and discussed the new congress, which will have the ability to rewrite existing labor laws to make them more worker friendly, especially for those who want to organize. He also talked about potential problems that could arise by privatizing the U.S. Postal Service. Gruenberg though, thinks privatization will not happen.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), which some people call the new NAFTA. He also spoke about workers with Unite Here Local 5, who ended their 51-day strike when they ratified a new contract with five hotels.


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


Rank Choice Voting Topic on America’s Work Force Radio

Rank choice voting was the main topic on America’s Work Force Radio.

Chris Hughes Fair VoteChris Hughes, Staff Attorney with Fair Vote, discussed rank choice voting during his Nov. 30 appearance on AWF.

Hughes described rank choice as a voting method where a voter ranks as many candidates as they would like to by first-choice and so on. He claims rank choice could make Democracy more reflective of the voters and their candidate preference. He believes it better reflects the majority of voters. Hughes also talked about other the potential for states to adopt rank choice using a pilot program, where they could use rank choice for three elections and then decide if they would like to make it permanent.

Jeff Kreisler Jeff Kreisler, author of Get Rich Cheating: The Crooked Path to Easy Street, joined America’s Work Force Radio and spoke about the different, unethical ways that people have been cheating their way to becoming wealthy in different parts of the world.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ference discussed Sen. Sherrod Brown calling out President Trump in response to the President blaming Brown for the planned closure at the Lordstown General Motors plant.


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.