Tips to Avoid Falling for Utility Scams was a Hot Topic on America’s Work Force

On March 11, Dan Doron from the Ohio Consumers Counsel gave tips on how to spot a potential utility scammer during his time on America’s Work Force.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronDoron said that on average, every fifteen minutes, one person falls for a utility scam, and they all could be avoided if that person had known the warning signs of a scammer. He went over some of the scams being used, such as caller ID spoofing, cramming, slamming, yes scam and other scams where the scammer puts a lot of pressure on consumers in hopes that they fall for their scam. Some of the warning signs of a scammer that Doron discussed were if they are demanding immediate payment, asking for personal account information over the phone, and putting increased pressure on a consumer to have them sign up for a “better plan.” Doron said that if you are ever concerned about something, that you should take out your utility bill and call the number listed on it and ask questions directly to your utility provider so they can clear up any confusion you may have.

Tony Liberatore Laborers 860Tony Liberatore, Jr., Laborers Local 860, spoke with AWF on March 11 about the spring construction season. He discussed slowing down and respecting the speed limit in construction zones for the safety of the workers onsite. Liberatore also discussed plans to improve Ohio’s roads from the proposed gas tax increase of 18 cents. The state countered DeWine’s gas tax increase proposition by stating that they would go for a 10.7 cent gas tax increase, rather than DeWine’s 18 cents.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Green New Deal and how people are saying that some legislators are against it and state that it is filled with lessons about how not to negotiate for cleaner energy.



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Green New Deal Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 8, Jim Cullen, editor of the Progressive Populist, joined America’s Work Force to talk about the Green New Deal being the change that society needs.

Progressive PopulistCullen first discussed the Green New Deal and how it is designed to help de-carbonize and transform the energy sector into cleaner, more efficient energy. He also said that it would benefit society by reducing our carbon footprint, cut down on emissions, and stop exploiting natural resources. Cullen discussed how the Republican party claims that they are fighting socialism and open borders in the 2020 election and stating that Democrats are forcing socialist agendas on people. Lastly, he talked about older Americans and how they are against socialism and how more millennials are favoring socialism.

Justin MaddenAWF has a newcomer on the March 8 edition, trial lawyer, Justin Madden. Madden, who specializes in consumer and personal injury, prescription and medical errors, and insurance disputes, talked about how law practice has changed over the years. He also talked about how gratifying it is to win a case after working so hard for your client for so long.



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.

Misclassification of Employees and Contractors Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 7, Allen Binstock, National Labor Relations Board Region 8, spoke about the misclassification of employees and the issues that come with it on America’s Work Force.

National Labor Relations BoardBinstock spoke about the issue with businesses misclassifying employees as independent contractors so that they do not have to offer health benefits, can pay hourly rates, don’t have to reimburse for business expenses, as well as many other reasons. In return, Binstock discussed how this is unfair for businesses to have their employees sign contracts saying that they are independent contractors to avoid certain expenses. Binstock also talked about how the National Labor Relations Board was put in place for employees to file complaints about job sites, unfair labor practices, contract negotiation complications, and more, and help the employees settle their complaints. He said that around 95 percent of these cases are solved on a local level, and the rest move on to Washington D.C. to be solved.

Labor 411Cherri Senders, publisher for Labor 411, spoke with AWF on March 7 about unions needing to find and purchase union-made products. Labor 411 and their product directory is used to guide consumers in the right direction to find union-made products for their own consumption or to use as gifts. Senders said that Labor 411 is superior to other union product databases because they update theirs frequently, have a mobile app, and their research to find these union products is incredibly thorough.



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.

The Fight Against Amazon Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 6, David Dayen, writer for In These Times Magazine, spoke about the pushback against Amazon’s HQ2 and logistics center plans during his time on America’s Work Force.

In These Times MagazineDayen spoke about Amazon HQ2 and hundreds of cities bidding on the project, using taxpayers money to fund the construction. After selecting New York City as the location for HQ2, Amazon eventually backed out of its commitment after push from the city to allow the workers to unionize. Dayen then spoke about Nashville, Tenn. being selected for an Amazon logistics center. He mentioned that the city is contributing $600,000 to the project, which is nearly two percent of the city’s 2019 budget, which was not received well by those living in the city. With having already a tight budget, people in the city are not happy with the city stretching the budget even further to put money towards this logistics center. Lastly, Dayen discussed the possibility of seeing medicare for all and how to prepare for the healthcare expansion.

Dave Megenhardt United Labor AgencyExecutive director of the United Labor Agency, Dave Megenhardt, talked about In-Demand Jobs Week, March 11 – March 15, and all that will be taking place during that week. He explained the purpose of In-Demand Jobs Week is for job seekers, employers, or young adults to learn about in demand jobs in the area and the training necessary in order to be successful in those jobs. Some of the jobs that Megenhardt talked about were healthcare, information technology, and transportation jobs. He said that the week will end with an open house where several local employers will be interviewing and speaking with qualified candidates for their jobs.



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.

Promoting the Construction Trades on America’s Work Force Radio

On March 5, Bill Brown from Ben Hur Construction, St. Louis, Missouri, spoke about the benefits of going into the construction trades during his time on America’s Work Force.

Ben Hur ConstructionBrown, who was a former marine, discussed going into the construction trades after he transitioned from active-duty back into civilian life and how easy he had assimilated to the training. He talked about programs such as Helmets to Hardhats, that provide training in the trades while guaranteeing job placement or an earn while you learn apprenticeship with a federally approved apprenticeship program. Brown talked about all of the benefits of an apprenticeship, such as free training, earn while you learn, good starting wages and a path to the middle class rather than going to college or university and taking on student debt without being guaranteed a job. He then talked about the quality of training in union construction and how they spend hundreds of hours perfecting their craft to make sure the work that they will be providing is well above the competition’s quality of work.

AFL-CIOTim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on March 5 about Governor Dewine’s gas tax increase to help fix roads and other infrastructure. He also talked about the misguided priorities of legislators over the years, avoiding the problems with fixing roads, as well as giving tax breaks to corporations who could help fix the roads. Lastly, Burga discussed lawmakers trying to repeal prevailing wage, in a union busting fashion, in certain areas where they do not think it is necessary to have it.



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.

Pro-Worker Legislation was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

On March 4, Mark Gruenberg, writer for Press Associates Inc. union news service, spoke about the progressive agenda set for 2019 while on America’s Work Force.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsGruenberg discussed pro-worker legislation being one of the main targets in the progressive agenda for the year. He said that the pro-worker legislation will include legislation on equal pay for equal work and workers freedom to negotiate act. Gruenberg also touched on the Green New Deal and how some Republicans are in favor of using alternative energy sources over fossil fuels. To wrap up his interview, Gruenberg discussed the long term effects of the government shutdown, such as huge financial hits on government workers who had to dip into their savings and 401k’s because they were not receiving pay during the shutdown.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau, discussed a variety of scams for students to be on the lookout for during spring break season. She explained the importance of researching housing accomodations thoroughly before booking and paying for them, and to also look up the address to make sure that it is valid. McConnell also talked about “car wrap” scams and “friends and family” scams.



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.

Building Futures Impact on Columbus Discussed on America’s Work Force

The Building Futures program is making a positive impact in the lives of its graduates and Franklin County.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilMaking his monthly America’s Work Force Radio appearance on March 1, Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager spoke about the recent graduation of the third Building Futures Class and the success of past classes. The third graduating class consists of 11 members, who completed the pre-apprenticeship program and will soon begin life as a building trades apprentice. The Building Futures program has an 88 percent graduation rate, with an 85 percent placement rate in to JATCs. The starting rate for program graduates as apprentices is $16.91. The first two graduating classes combined to have an economic impact of over $1.4 million in Franklin County on wages and benefits.

Hager also discussed recent new about Columbus Mayor Ginther, who this year will run unopposed for his current seat. Mayor Ginther is a huge supporter of the building trades and has worked to promote building trades careers and apprenticeships, as there is a need for more skilled tradesmen in the area with the amount of construction work scheduled for central Ohio.

Tim Murphy Mother JonesMother Jones writer Tim Murphy talked about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during his appearance on AWF. He said Ocasio-Cortez is changing the way that politicians work and promote themselves through the use of social media. He claimed her social media has positively impacted her image because it is keeping people engaged and connected to her work.



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.

Immigration Reform and New Trade Deals Discussed on America’s Work Force

Bill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO spoke about the immigration reform and the United State-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on the Feb. 28 edition of America’s Work Force.

Bill Samuel AFL-CIOSamuel spoke about President Trump’s emergency declaration to receive money to fund the southern border wall and how he is taking money from other departments in order to obtain what he needs, since congress would not approve his request for money. He then moved on to talking about immigration reform and how it needs to be done more appropriately. Samuel also mentioned the USMCA, new NAFTA, and how the negotiating between the three countries is complete, but workers are not satisfied by it. There needs to be more protection of workers and their jobs included, along with other labor law reform, said Samuel.

Dan DeVernaFinancial adviser, Dan DeVerna, spoke about understanding certain aspects of your retirement plan, as well as providing some tips, during his Feb. 28 appearance on AWF. DeVerna discussed how new retirement plans are allowing roth IRA’s in 401ks and other retirement plans. He said that you would pay tax on your money one time before it goes in, and then you would never pay tax on it again.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the upcoming trades fair on March 7, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, hosted at Max Hayes high school in Cleveland, Ohio.



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.

Healthcare Then vs. Now Compared on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 27, Dr. Gary Freed, professor at the University of Michigan, discussed the similarities and differences between healthcare back in the 1970’s compared to now.

Dr. Gary FreedDr. Freed talked about the healthcare plan that President Richard Nixon proposed in the 1970’s and spoke about how there are some aspects to it that were the same as ObamaCare. Part of Obamacare said that employers with at least 50 employees are required to provide healthcare for them, but in Nixon’s plan, it required the employers to provide the healthcare to the employees even if there were less than 50 employees. He made other comparisons to President Nixon’s healthcare plan with ObamaCare, but the biggest difference in the political parties that proposed these plans are simple; Nixon’s was Republican and Obama’s was Democratic. Finally, Dr. Freed discussed single payer healthcare and the problems that he sees with it, but also a scenario where he sees it working out.

International Brotherhood of TeamstersJohn Murphy from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters spoke about the Butch-Lewis Act, which involves protecting pensions for workers and retirees. He also discussed why Republicans attack pensions. One of the reasons behind this is they believe that keeping pensions in place saves unions, and Republicans, generally speaking, do not stand for unions.



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.

Bad Trade Deals Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

On Feb. 22, Dave McCall, United Steelworkers District 1, provided perspective on bad trade deals with China on America’s Work Force Radio.

United SteelworkersMcCall talked about China dumping steel into the United States steel market for such low prices that it is making it difficult for U.S. steel to compete. He said that China would send steel to other countries and then have them export it to the U.S., still for such low prices, which continues to add on to the issue. McCall said that the U.S. should invest in its own steel industry because when it overperforms, it has better return on investment, which in turn creates more money to invest in more resources, improve technologies, increase in workers and help the economy.

John RussoJohn Russo spoke about Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) stressing the dignity of work and workers during his speeches in various states during his Feb. 22 AWF appearance. Russo also talked about connecting some of Dr. Martin Luther King’s teaching on the dignity of work to how we look at work today. He said no matter what work a person is doing, if they are devoting themselves to it, then their job should be respected. He then went on to talk about the future of work and the protection of workers. He concluded his time by speaking about the variety of Democrat presidential candidates in what he called a political “parabola” rather than a political spectrum.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about West Virginia teachers returning to their classrooms after legislation passed, killing a bill that would have taken away funding for classrooms. He also mentioned Governor Dewine’s proposed gas tax increase of 18 cents that he wants implemented in full on July 1.



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.