Medical Marijuana in the Workplace Discussed on America’s Work Force

Justin Madden, attorney at Justin Madden Co. L.P.A. joined us on America’s Work Force on June 14 s he discussed medical marijuana being permitted at the workplace.

Justin MaddenMadden talked about the increase in the number of states that are legalizing medical marijuana and some of the problems that may follow. He said that Ohio is one of the 32 states that have legalized medical marijuana, but they still run into problems, despite the legalization. Madden discussed the possibility of issues with marijuana being legalized, but some workplaces still not allowing their employees to have it in their systems while on the clock. Regardless of the employees prescribed medical marijuana, they could still be fired if there is a no-drug policy. Madden mentioned that there is work being done to make exceptions for those who are affected by their workplace no-drug policies.

Progressive PopulistJim Cullen, editor for the Progressive Populist, appeared on June 14’s edition of AWF where he discussed President Trump’s Twitter Trade Wars. He highlighted President Trump’s most recent tweets and how he believes that he has been making outrageous claims lately to distract people from problems in other areas. One of the main points that Cullen made is that the President’s tweets are filled with exaggerations and lies and people should do research on claims that he makes through his tweets to form their own opinions on issues. Lastly, Cullen discussed the new NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and how he does not approve of it because there are not enough protections for workers and it is not enough to keep jobs in the U.S.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc touched on the United Auto Workers victory for nurses in Toledo, Ohio putting together a tentative agreement with Mercy Health to end a 38-day strike at St. Vincent Medical Center.



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Ohio Budget Discussed on America’s Work Force

Zach Schiller, researcher for Policy Matters Ohio, spoke with America’s Work Force on June 13 about Ohio’s budget plan and the problems that he sees within it.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerOhio’s gas tax raise, which becomes effective July 2019, is a plan to use money from the gas tax to help improve and repair infrastructure throughout the state. Schiller also discussed the “LLC Loophole” where there is no income tax collected on the first $200,000 that a Limited Liability Company makes. Schiller said that because of this loophole, some small businesses are naming themselves LLCs so they can have this tax break. He then went on to discuss the tax cut being increased to eight percent and why this is a bad idea. Schiller stated that Ohio is lagging economically and the tax cuts are not helping, stressing because of the tax cuts, we do not have the proper funding for resources needed to make improvements, yet tax cuts are still being proposed.

UAW United Auto WorkersJosh Nassar, legislative director for the United Auto Workers spoke with AWF on June 13 about the new NAFTA agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. He said that the White House claims they are ready to move on to a vote with congress to make it official. Nassar asserted that he does not believe that the U.S.M.C.A is not thorough enough, or completed and should not be put up to vote yet. Lastly, he discussed Protect the Right to Work (PRO) Act and why it is so necessary to have.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about getting the price of pharmaceutical drugs under control and how the U.S.M.C.A could prevent the prices from skyrocketing even more.



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Importance of Freedom of Press Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dr. Jill Stein from the Green Party U.S. spoke to America’s Work Force on June 12 to speak on the importance of having the freedom of the press.

Dr. Jill SteinDr. Stein said that around the world, there is an alarming decline in the freedom of the press. One of the biggest reasons why having the freedom of the press is so important is because it keeps unaccountable people in check, according to Stein. She claimed that by having freedom of the press, Democracy can stay strong because people are able to call out someone in a higher position when they make false claims, or lie, to either protect themselves or continue to push their agenda. Dr. Stein then went on to talk about how the protections for the press are being rolled back and how press members are being threatened or attacked because of the information they are providing. Lastly, she speaks about General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and the Green New Deal.

The Labor CitizenTom Germuska, Jr., editor of the Labor Citizen, talked about the upcoming June edition of the publication. This edition of the Labor Citizen talks about the tornadoes that touched down in Dayton, Ohio over the past month, and how building trades members have been coming together to help rebuild the community and provide as much help as they can to Dayton residence affected by the damages. This edition also tackles the hot button issue of laws being put in place that would make it illegal for teachers to go on strike in West Virginia and prevailing wage in the area. Lastly, Germuska spoke about the forecast for union construction growth and how the shortage of manpower on the projects is making it difficult to improve their growth.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about a union victory in Delaware, where legislation has been passed that would allow all workers to collectively bargain for contracts. He said that this law was passed thanks to the amount of union members in their local governments.



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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AT&T Looking for a Bailout Discussed on America’s Work Force

Frank Mathews, administrative director for the Communication Workers of America, District 4, spoke with America’s Work Force on June 11 about AT&T asking for money for a bailout.

Communication Workers of AmericaMathews discussed the ongoing problem with AT&T and how they continue to claim that if they receive a certain amount of money, they will invest in the company and create more American jobs. Time and time again, AT&T has proven that they are liars and continue to take the money given to them and have not followed through on their promises to create more jobs. In fact, Mathews said that over 3,500 call center jobs from AT&T have been offshored to Mexico since the bailout began. He said that negotiations for new contracts are still in the works with AT&T and that he hopes they stick to their promises of creating “shovel-in-the-ground jobs” for more Americans.

Tim Miller Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 33 SMW LU 33Tim Miller, business agent for Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 spoke to AWF on June 11 about the many job opportunities in the trades, specifically sheet metal work. He spoke about how to get started in the sheet metal trade and what a person will have to go through in order to become a sheet metal worker. Miller described how those who are accepted into the program will enter a five-year apprenticeship program, which will combine classroom instruction with on-the-job training. After discussing the benefits that come with an apprenticeship, he went on to talk about how a Cleveland area high school is partnering with SMW LU 33 by showing students their facilities and providing information about the trade, showing demonstrations of the trade and how it is a viable career option.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Kaiser Permanente in California and the mental health clinicians demanding better resources. He said that clinicians at Kaiser have been working without contracts since September of 2018.



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Improving America’s Infrastructure Discussed on America’s Work Force

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of Laborers’ International Union of North America spoke with America’s Work Force on June 10 about improving and repairing America’s infrastructure.

O’Sullivan discussed America’s infrastructure and the ever-increasing need for repairs and improvements on it. He said that President Trump mentioned that the United States would put near two trillion dollars into the infrastructure budget, but will need nearly double that to make substantial improvements across the country. O’Sullivan then talked about how even when the new gas tax is implemented, there is still going to be more investment needed into infrastructure programs to get the job done. Lastly, he talked about the Dreams and Promise Act and how Dreamers could make a big impact in the construction industry since there is currently a shortage in construction workers.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronDan Doron, public affairs director with the Ohio Consumer Counsel spoke with AWF on June 10 to discuss First Energy Solutions. House Bill 6 is a bailout plan for First Energy Solutions and will collect subsidies from all Ohio utility users, not just those who use First Energy Solutions. Doron said that what First Energy Solutions is doing right now has been done before; a utility company will go bankrupt, then try to collect bailouts using subsidies. He then discussed a current bill that will push allowances to local entities with whether they would prefer to use solar power or wind power rather than letting the state choose for them. Finally, Doron provides some tips for utility users who may be moving soon or have recently moved.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the nurses victory at Johns Hopkins hospital in Maryland and how the hospital will no longer garnish wages, prevent them from speaking about unions or organizing, and other labor laws that they had been previously breaking.



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Nuclear Energy Bill Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, executive secretary-treasurer at the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke to America’s Work Force on June 7 about House Bill 6.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilHager discussed Ohio House Bill 6, dealing with nuclear energy. He expressed his opinion of being in favor of keeping nuclear power plants functioning, despite push back from other members of the building trades council. Hager also talked about a two year, $600 million workers compensation bill and whether he thinks it will be helpful or not. Furthermore, he mentioned the people and organizations that the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades will be endorsing, including but not limited to, Mayor Ginther, Judge Judy Thomas, and attorney Jessica D’Varga. Lastly, Hager talked about the building trades council’s 2019 D.A.D.’s Day Shoot and why they do it.

Cleveland SceneSam Allard, writer with Cleveland Scene spoke with AWF on June 7 about the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland and its expected completion in Fall 2019. He also said how they will need to borrow more money in order to finish the project. When all is said and done, the project will have cost an estimated $185 million. Allard then talked about the nuCLEus project, located near the mixed use complex in Cleveland. He also spoke about decrepit county jails in Ohio that are in desperate need of money to fund repairs and improvements.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the proposed sale of the General Motors plant in Ohio to become an electric car plant and how it won’t replace all of the jobs lost from the shut down after the end of the Chevy Cruze production.



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The 75th Anniversary of D-Day was Recognized on America’s Work Force

Cathy Gorn, executive director of National History Day spoke with America’s Work Force on June 6 to remember the D-Day invasion in 1944.

National History Day NHD On the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Gorn remembers the brave soldiers who were part of the most significant event to help turn the tide in the Allies’ favor during World War II. Gorn believes that the younger generation is less aware of the events that happened on D-Day because of the rise in focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) study over history. Gorn also talked about students studying D-Day at the beaches of Normandy, and learning about the “silent heroes” who did not return home from that invasion.

Schwarzwald, McNair and Fusco LLPJim Porcaro, partner at Schwarzwald, McNair and Fusco LLP spoke with AWF about union-side lawyers and what they do to protect worker rights. He also discussed the most recent Supreme Court ruling with the Fair Labor Standards Act and employer status.

The Flying Tigers Same KleinerSam Kliener, author of The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan, gave an overview about what his book was about. On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, he also gives homage to his father who was a pilot of a B-25 navigator during WWII.

 

 

 

 



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Labor Law Protections Discussed on America’s Work Force

Senator Sherrod Brown joined America’s Work Force on June 5 to speak about labor laws being changed and who they will affect.

Senator Sherrod BrownSen. Brown spoke about labor laws being taken away and how they will directly hurt workers by taking away their whistleblower protections. He said that workers who were fired for filing claims against their companies regarding their rights will no longer be protected and that it completely strips away one of the most necessary protections that they are entitled to. Sen. Brown also talked about pharmaceutical prices and how they are still skyrocketing, crippling people financially who desperately need their medications. Lastly, he discussed manufacturing camps for children, where children are able to go visit certain manufacturing plants and find out what they are all about, how it is a viable career, the endless career possibilities that come with it and more.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the updates from the United Steelworkers. Leo Gerard, international president of the USW, announced his retirement in 2019 after 18 years as head of the union. Gerard will be succeeded by Tom Conway, international vice president of the USW. Ferenc said that over the course of his career, Gerard time and time again stood up and advocated for worker rights and social justice, among other great things. He also spoke about the American Medical Association speaking out against the single payer healthcare model.



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New NAFTA Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tim Burga, president of the Ohio AFL-CIO spent some time speaking with America’s Work Force on June 4, about the renegotiation of the new NAFTA agreement.

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Burga spoke about the new NAFTA agreement, renamed as the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), and how there is still work that needs to be done on it. He said that one of the main things that needs to be focused on is reversing some of the adverse effects that it has had on the United States over the past 25 years. Burga also said that they need to focus on the fair trade portion of the agreement and making sure that workers protections are kept in mind. Lastly, he spoke about the Great Lakes Regional Meeting, which he attended, and how there were workshops on programs to elect more union members into congress, keeping congress accountable for their actions and economics.

BlueGreenAllianceMichael Williams, the interim co-executive director for the Blue Green Alliance spoke with AWF on June 4 about rebuilding America’s infrastructure and preserving the environment. When talking about infrastructure improvements, Williams mentioned that it is good that there are all of these plans being brought up on the subject, but it will take real public investment to make a difference. He brought up that the more infrastructure improvements that are made, the environment will begin to be cleaned up. One example that Williams made is that if we were to fix our water systems, there would be less pollution in our water, and we will be able to move water around more efficiently. Finally, he talked about the Lift America Act.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) returning to bartending to advocate for a minimum wage increase and tipped worker minimum wage increase.



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

Sue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau spoke to America’s Work Force on June 3 about popular scams of the summer.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauThe first scam involves trying to sell your timeshare. McConnell said that there are companies that will tell someone they can help them sell their timeshares, and end up charging their victim ridiculously high fees for their services. The second scam that McConnell talked about was counterfeit goods online. She warned consumers to be careful when purchasing online, especially from China, because they sell counterfeit products and will scam the consumer out of their money. Lastly, McConnell addressed door-to-door magazine subscription scammers. She said that women will go door to door asking consumers to subscribe to a magazine because the money they make from the subscriptions will help them get their kids back from child services.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsMark Gruenberg, writer for Press Associates Union also appeared on this edition of AWF. Gruenberg talked about the Labor Federation dropping their budget for organizing efforts from 30 percent down to 10 percent of their budget. He also spoke about the Debbie Dingell plan for transportation and infrastructure funding, specifically how raising the gas tax might not be as effective as they think.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the American Federation of Government Employees negotiating a new contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and also the Trump administration stripping whistleblower protections.



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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