Utility Marketer Scam Discussed on America’s Work Force

Andrew Tinkham, Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist with the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC), spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 11 about a utility marketing company scamming utility users.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronTinkham talked about Verde Energy USA and the investigations into their company involving them scamming utility users. He said that Verde spoofed caller IDs of legitimate utility companies, leading people to pay more for their energy services and sign up for bad contracts. Tinkham also talked about utility services for military members on deployment and extended payment plans for them. Lastly, he discussed ways to save money on utilities around your house during the upcoming winter months.

Union Veterans CouncilWill Attig, executive director of the Union Veterans Council spoke about helping veterans get back on their feet once they come home from deployment. Soldiers typically struggle to find jobs when they return home from deployment because they don’t have experience, but overlook their options in the trades. Attig talked about the career opportunities for veterans in the trades and how it could bring the person’s drive back into their life. He also discussed post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental challenges veterans face when they return home.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc expressed his gratitude for veterans and their service to this country today on Veteran’s Day.



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Cleveland Reinstatement Fee Discussed on America’s Work Force

Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Emanuella Groves spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 8 about reinstating suspended licenses.

Judge Emanuella GrovesJudge Groves discussed lowering, or even eliminating reinstatement fees for Ohio drivers who have suspended licenses. She talked about how many people cannot afford to pay the fees to reinstate their licenses and are dependent on using their cars to get to work to earn their living, but are unable to drive because of their suspended license. Judge Groves discussed possible ways to lower the fees or eliminate them and explained why it would be beneficial to motor vehicle operators in Cleveland.

Progressive PopulistJim Cullen, editor of the Progressive Populist discussed medicare-for-all. He addressed the main issues as to why Republican politicians are against it and offered resolutions to the problems they have with it. Cullen spoke about how a national health plan could be put into effect and how an increase in payroll tax and income tax would come into play to help pay for the plan.

Justin MaddenJustin Madden, lawyer with Madden Law spoke about Ohio schools and the state intervening in them. When a school in Ohio continuously underperforms, the state steps in and takes over rather than leaving it up to the district to do something about it, Madden explained. Madden said how un-democratic this method is and gives districts no room to improve things on their own, the way that they would like to in their own communities. Lastly, Madden discussed a case involving a McDonald’s CEO’s inappropriate relationship with one of their employees.



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International Affairs Discussed on America’s Work Force

Ben Davis, director of International Affairs spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 7 about the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).

United SteelworkersDavis spoke about the USMCA from Mexico’s standpoint and how it needs to focus on worker rights. He mentioned that there were three things that needed to be done to improve Mexican worker rights. First, identify the serious violations of labor rights and what could be done to fix that. Second, implement the Mexican labor law reform that was drawn up after the identification of the labor rights violations. Third, enforce the new labor rights and make sure they cannot be violated without consequences. Davis also discussed the necessity for improving the strength of unions and their representation in Mexico.

Matt McMonagleMatt McMonagle, partner with Kelley & Ferraro spoke about asbestos and mesothelioma. He discussed why asbestos was banned and the diseases that a person could get from prolonged exposure to asbestos. McMonagle then talked about mesothelioma and how his firm fights cases for people who have mesothelioma. Lastly, he talked about court cases involving the lawn care product called “Round Up”.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Harvard’s student union threatening to strike unless the school signs off on their new contract.



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Laborer’s International Discusses Infrastructure on America’s Work Force

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of Laborer’s International Union of North America (LIUNA) spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 6 about America’s diminishing infrastructure.

O’Sullivan first discussed Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) in the United States and how there is a large push back against them. He said that IRAPs strip back safety standards in apprenticeship programs because IRAPs make it so they can set the standard as to what is acceptable and what is not when it comes to training. Because of IRAPs, business owners are cutting corners on training so they can save money. O’Sullivan then went on to talk about the diminishing infrastructure in America. Ohio, ranked the 28th poorest infrastructure conditions, is in dire need of upgrading their roads and bridges, given they have one of the biggest interstate systems in the United States. He said that there needs to be a highway infrastructure trust fund to help support the rebuilding and improvement of our roads and bridges.

In These Times MagazineJeff Schuhrke, contributing writer with In These Times Magazine spoke about the mobilization of Chicago’s teachers. Chicago teachers are on strike for better classroom conditions, resources, smaller class sizes and other school improvements. Schuhrke said that the teachers are fighting for the common good of the students and education, not for selfish or personal gain. Lastly, Schuhrke talked about teacher assistants fighting for a wage raise and fee reduction.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the American Federation of Government Employees and their push for “e-dues”.



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Institute for Veterans and Military Families Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mike Haynie, founder of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 5 about his organization and what they do.

IVMFHaynie talked about veterans and their reintegration into society and civilian life after they leave the military. He said that when someone retires from the military, they struggle to find a job and readapt to civilian lifestyle because they have been out of touch for however many years they were in the service. Haynie said that the IVMF works to teach these veterans skills and offers vocational training to help make the job search process easier for them. The program gives these veterans the training to earn labor market certification credentials so employers can know that they are well trained and their work will be able to meet their standards. Lastly, Haynie said that this organization has corporate partners such as Walmart and Starbucks that help provide funding to the institute.

AFL-CIOTim Burga, president of the Ohio AFL-CIO spoke about union brothers and sisters running for local offices during the upcoming election. He said that if they want something done about labor rights and issues, then they will run so they can speak for themselves. Burga said that there are 51 union brothers and sisters endorsed for this election and he hopes they will be able to shine light on labor issues they are facing and gain some traction in their fight against these issues.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission talked about his organization and the support that they offer to veterans. He said that the CCVSC is having their third annual Winter Clothing Program where once a veteran or their dependent go through a screening process, will be provided a gift card to one of three clothing retailers to purchase jackets or other necessities for the winter months. Reiss also talked about the CCVSC financial assistance program and how they help veterans who are struggling financially and also help them work towards financial independence and stability.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Ford Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative agreement with a contract and Ford’s plans to invest $900 million into Ford plants in Ohio.



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Supporting the PRO Act Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Gruenberg, labor writer for Press Associates Union spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 4 about a union supporting the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsGruenberg discussed the National Labor Rights Board (NLRB) fighting recent injustices against worker rights and fighting to make sure workers voices are being heard during bargaining. He said that the Trump administration has shown time and time again that they are against unions and have been trying to pass anti-worker legislation, but the NLRB have been remaining strong in their battle against worker rights oppression. Gruenberg also talked about the Communication Workers of America, CWA, and how they said if a candidate supports the PRO Act, the CWA will offer their open support for that candidate. The CWA is not one to hide their support for workers and worker rights, so if a candidate comes out in support of the PRO Act, you can expect the CWA to support that candidate. Lastly, he talked about the United Auto Workers and Ford Motors reaching a tentative agreement on a contract.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, president of the Better Business Bureau in Cleveland discussed three scams to be on the lookout for during the month of November. One of the scams was a “30-Day Success Plan” which is a get rich fast scam where a person would buy into the company at different levels, and the only way for that person to make money is to distribute fliers, which they had to pay for, and try to recruit other people. The second scam was a Jenny B Utah Marketing firm that would send a woman gift cards congratulating them on their pregnancy. The gift cards were for baby products, where shipping was more than the products so the discounts were pointless and the products they received were poorly made, making them not worth the money. The last scam McConnell told listeners to be aware of are social media coupon scams. An ad will appear on your webpage of a brand name product at a discount price and once a person clicks the link, their computer would be exposed to malware, which could access their personal information.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Ford Motors committing to investing one billion dollars to Ohio assembly plants in new product lines, facility upgrades, and more.



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Community Outreach Program Discussed on America’s Work Force

Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades, Dorsey Hager joined America’s Work Force on Nov. 1 to talk about community outreach programs to spread information about the trades.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilHager first spoke about National Apprenticeship Week and how it is a great way to provide exposure to the trades and the benefits of working in the trades. He explained how working in the trades puts a person on a direct path to the middle class, has great health and retirement benefits, free training and more. Hager also talked about Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) and why they are harmful. IRAPs make it so that employers oversee their own apprenticeship programs and they could cut corners on training and other areas involving safety because they are not regulated. Hagar mentioned that union construction will always be the highest standard when it comes to quality and safety because they have regulations on quality of resources and training requirements.

Terri GersteinTerri Gerstein, director of the State and Local Enforcement Project spoke to AWF about the Hard Rock Casino collapse in New Orleans. She discussed how IRAPs allowed the contractor to hire cheaper labor and cut corners when it came to safety regulations and quality of labor. Gerstein said that by hiring cheaper labor, the building was a threat to public safety and well being because of the lack of quality in materials and labor.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Ford reaching a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers on a new contract for United States 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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Impending Government Shutdown Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tony Reardon, national president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 31 about another possible government shutdown.

Tony ReardonReardon talked about the building momentum behind President Trump’s impeachment, and how the president threatened another government shutdown if Congress moves forward on the impeachment process. He said that the President knows his back is against the wall and is doing everything he possibly can to kill the momentum of the impeachment process. Reardon also discussed problems in the government where both political parties want to solve problems together but refuse to listen to one another and engage in sham bargaining rather than getting anything important done. Lastly, he talked about the president mentioning giving a 2.6 percent pay raise to federal employees and a 3.1 percent pay raise to the military. Reardon said that he likes to hear federal employees getting a raise, but feels that they should still receive more.

Gustavo FerrerDr. Gustavo Ferrer, founder of the Florida Cough Clinic and former doctor at the Cleveland Clinic, spoke about the upcoming flu season. He stressed the importance of a person going out and getting their flu shot because it not only helps keep them healthy, but also helps those around them. Ferrer discussed steps to take to get well if a person were to unfortunately contract the flu during this flu season.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about jobs created under President Trump. Although unemployment is at an all-time low, the quality of jobs is not up. He said people are still struggling to make enough money with one job to afford essentials such as food, clothes and shelter.



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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Wounded Charity Discussed on America’s Work Force

Doug White, author of the book “Wounded Charity”, spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 30 about the allegations against the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) in 2016.

Doug WhiteWhite explains the media’s allegations that were made against the Wounded Warrior Project and how they were baseless accusations. White also mentioned that board members of the WWP failed to properly address the accusations against them and dispel the negative rumors about the charity. He talked about how quick the media and the public are to turn against an organization, especially a charity, when there are rumors about misallocations of funds or improper use of donations. White also discussed how there are charities out there that are poorly run and how their personal agenda does not directly align with the positive intentions of other charities.

Dr. Alex JohnsonDr. Alex Johnson, president of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) talked about affordable education. He explained how Tri-C is a more affordable option for higher education than other universities in the area, and he also said how they have a good relationship with the trades in the area. Dr. Johnson mentioned the increase in demand for skilled tradespeople and how Tri-C offers courses to educate and train people in the trades. Lastly, he talked about the benefits of having access to affordable education.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Chicago Teachers Union still on strike and the SEIU bargaining on behalf of the teacher support group.



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Business Medicare for All Discussed on America’s Work Force

Wendell Potter, former executive for Cigna, spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 29 to discuss blowing the whistle on his former healthcare company.

Wendell PotterWendell Potter, notorious for blowing the whistle for bad business practices on Cigna back in 2009, spoke about the bad business decisions cigna made that forced him to speak out. He said that if one of their policyholders became sick, they were told to start cancelling their plans. Potter said that Cigna would purge people if they were no longer profitable for the company by cancelling their healthcare plans. He talked about how Cigna only cared about meeting shareholders profit expectations, and that is why he decided to stand out against his own company. Potter also talked about business medicare for all and whether or not it could be done.

Richard MasterRichard Master, founder and CEO of MCS and Business Medicare for All talked about if medicare for all is plausible. He stressed that Medicare for All is most certainly doable if the proper resources are reallocated. Master said that with employer-based insurance cost, payroll deduction, and the government reallocating money, Medicare for All could be done. He also said that the government needs to regulate the outrageously high pharmaceutical drug costs and by doing so, will also be a big step in the right direction to ensure Medicare for All being plausible.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the Communication Workers of America voting to make open support of the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.



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