Actor Brooks Brantly, discusses Cleveland Play House production of Sweat on America’s Work Force Radio

Brook Brantly, one of the stars of the theater production of Sweat, was a featured guest on America’s Work Force Radio.

Brooks Brantly Actor Sweat

Brantly discussed his character and the plot of the Tony award-nominated drama, which is a compelling portrait of pride and survival in the Rust Belt. Running at the Cleveland Play House now until Nov. 4, Sweat portrays the effects of union lockouts, massive layoffs and jobs going overseas on friends in a small town.

Andrew Burt 40 Gavels

Andrew Burt was also featured on the Oct. 30 show and discussed 40 Gavels, a three-volume biography on Reuben Soderstrom that he co-authored. In 40 Gavels, Burt chronicles Soderstrom’s life, including his rise to power as the President of the Chicago AFL-CIO and the triumphs and troubles with organized labor that come with the position. The book series details how Soderstrom improved the quality of lives of the working class in Illinois and the rest of the country. As a thank you for listening to the show and reading this blog, Burt is offering our listeners a discount on his books. Just enter discount code Flash or Ferenc at check out.

With a week to go before November’s General Election, America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about recent polls that showed Ohio’s governor’s race is tied. He also talked about the Teamsters Union approving their UPS labor contract despite a 54 percent ‘No’ vote and illegal immigration.


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.


Discussion on America’s Work Force Radio: Voter Suppression in Georgia and the Opioid Epidemic

Voter suppression and the ongoing opioid epidemic were main topics of discussion on America’s Work Force Radio.

Chauncey K. RobinsonChauncey K. Robinson, writer and film/TV critic, was the first guest on the Oct. 29 show. She discussed how a piece of policy in the state of Georgia is creating voter suppression. The policy, called “Exact Match” requires the name of voters to be the exact same on all official state documents. Voter’s whose names are not the same could have their voter application placed on hold or disqualified. Robinson said more than 50,000 voter applications are sitting on hold at the Secretary of State’s office, with the majority of the applicants being African-American. She also talks about the “Use It or Lose It” voter policy, which also disenfranchises voters.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Dr. Paul Sethi

During the second segment of America’s Work Force Radio, Dr. Paul Sethi and Fred Muench talked about the going opioid epidemic. Dr. Sethi, a sports medicine specialist, discussed finding non-opioid alternatives for postoperative recovery to combat the 12 percent of people who become addicted to or are dependent on their painkillers during their recovery period. Muench, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, discussed how doctors and patients need to build a pain management plan prior to surgery. They also spoke about non-opioid alternatives and the disposal of extra pain Fred Muenchmedication following a patient’s recovery.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed a lawsuit against President Trump by a federal employee union on overtime pay cutbacks without any collective bargaining.

 


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.


Trump Fever and Steelworkers negotiations with ArcelorMittal were main topics on Americans Work Force Radio

“Trump Fever” and ongoing Steelworker negotiations with ArcelorMittal were the two hot topics on today’s America’s Workforce Radio.

John Russo, retired professor and founder and co-director of The Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University, explained to show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc his research on what he calls “Trump Fever.” Over the past years, Russo has studied the stance of Youngstown resident’s on President Trump. He discussed how the fever has not broken, but it has cooled down since Trump was elected.

United Steelworkers LogoWith Election Day coming up, Russo talked about Ohio’s statewide political races and his thoughts on other federal races. The outcome will ultimately come down to which political parties and candidates can get their voters to show up at the polls. He also discusses immigration.

The second guest to appear on AWF was Dave McCall, Steelworker District One Director, who talked about the United Steelworkers Union ongoing contract negotiation with ArcelorMittal. The steelmaker began by offering no wage increases and cuts to pension and health benefits. McCall is hopeful the contract can be wrapped up, but has major concerns on ArcelorMittal’s commitment to the capital improvement investment at their facilities.They also discuss how China has taken away millions of jobs from the American steel industry.

 


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.

Bill Samuel, Director of Government Affairs with AFL-CIO Featured on America’s Work Force Radio

Director of Government Affairs with the AFL-CIO, Bill Samuel, was one of two featured guests to appear on America’s Work Force Radio.

AFL-CIO Bill Samuel

On Oct. 25, Bill Samuel made an appearance on America’s Work Force Radio to discuss Republicans and the Affordable Care Act and pre-existing conditions. Samuel talks about how originally, Republicans wanted to kill the ACA and replace it, but as time went on they changed their minds and now they want to protect it, but make some changes to it. Samuel also talks about the new NAFTA, United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), and improving labor laws in Mexico.

Matt Rothschild Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Matt Rothschild, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, appeared on the show to discuss the Affordable Care Act, pre-existing conditions, and healthcare in Wisconsin. Rothschild also talks about his article titled How Democracies Die and gives a brief overview of the article.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spends time talking about the postal workers speaking out against the mail bomber and how to take action if you encounter suspicious packages.


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.


Mark Naymik from Cleveland.com Featured on America’s Work Force Radio

Mark Naymik, political columnist for Cleveland.com with featured works in the Plain Dealer, was one of two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

Mark Naymik On Oct. 24, Mark Naymik made an appearance on America’s Work Force Radio to discuss the controversy surrounding Ken Johnson and his monthly reimbursement payments of $1,200. Johnson has undefined expenses and is being reimbursed $1,200 every month and no one is questioning why. Naymik also talks about the political landscape in Ohio with the governor race and the senate race.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Tyler LongpineThe second featured guest to appear on the show was Tyler Longpine, Political Director with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. While on the show, Longpine discusses the upcoming election, voter suppression, and what is at stake for working families. He goes on to talk about retirement security, social security, and union pensions.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talks about the “mystery tax cut” and what he thinks the Republicans end game with it is, the Freedom Foundation being anti-worker, and a scam tracker to report any contact received by anti-union groups.


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.


International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers President Tom Buffenbarger Featured on America’s Work Force Radio

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers President was one of two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Tom Buffenbarger

On Oct 23, Tom Buffenbarger, President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers made an appearance on the show to discuss healthcare and covering costs, and social security. He talks about the changes that are being made to the current healthcare policy right now and what the Republicans plan on changing in the future. He also discusses Maryland being named one of the wealthiest states  with the lowest poverty rate and talks about having efficient, engaged government workers.

Genworth Financial for Long Term Care

Our second featured guest was Gordon Saunders with Genworth Long Term Care. Saunders discusses the cost of long term care for the elderly to be increasing by two times the rate of inflation! He says the reason for the increase in supply and demand of workers and how much longer people are living. He finishes his time on the show by comparing the cost of care in home to the cost of care in a nursing home.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talks about Richard Trumka and the AFL-CIO and also about standing behind pro-worker candidates this election regardless of their party.


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.


Lake County Commissioner Dan Troy was one of two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio

Dan Troy Lake County CommissionerOn Oct. 22, Dan Troy, Lake County Commissioner, was featured on America’s Work Force Radio to discuss the upcoming elections and the importance on voting. He talks about how vital it is for people who have strong opinions on certain issues to go out and vote so that they can make a difference; your vote matters. Troy also mentions a construction trades apprenticeship fair hosted by Pipefitters Local 120 and encourages people to go to the event and learn about the benefits and opportunities that come with a registered apprenticeship.

Transportation Trades Department AFL-CIOLarry Willis, President of the Transportation Trades Department, was on the show to talk about a labor win with the FAA re-authorization bill. Also, Willis speaks about the health and safety of flight attendants and their fight for fair rest time. Willis concludes his time on the show by talking about getting out and voting if you want to see change.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talks about how people feel about Brett Kavanaugh and whether he was telling the truth or not during the investigation. Also, Ferenc sheds light on the University of California medical center workers planning a three day walkout starting on Oct 23, which is their second time walking out in 2018!


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.


American Legion Magazine Mark Seavey on America’s Workforce Radio

Mark Seavey with the American Legion Magazine and Rich Fiesta with the Alliance for Retired Americans were featured on America’s Work Force Radio.

The American Legion Magazine Mark LeaveyOn Oct. 19, Mark Seavey was a guest on the show to discuss different types of discharge from the military and receiving help to cope with PTSD. Seavey also talks about the November edition of the American Legion Magazine, National Legion Day, and veterans explaining what is important to them when making a memorial.

Alliance for Retired Americans ARA Rich FiestaRich Fiesta discusses the disturbing budget deficit and social security. He talks about working to protect the health and security of worker’s pension plans. He stresses that the workers have entitlement to their social security after working so hard for it and it is unfair to lose it.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talks about getting out to vote for the upcoming midterms and once again discusses the Marriott workers that are currently on strike.


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.


Writer for The Nation Magazine Jamie Lincoln Kitman Featured on America’s Work Force Radio

One of the featured writers for The Nation Magazine, was one of the two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

The Nation Magazine

On Oct. 18, The Nation Magazine featured writer Jamie Lincoln Kitman was on the show to talk about his latest article called “Worse than Lead?”, which discusses corporate America poisoning people with lead in gasoline and fire retardants. The article goes into detail about why we started using lead in gasoline and in fire retardants. The reason for wanting to put lead in gasoline was to raise the fuel’s octane level and reduces engine “knock”, but was later discovered that lead in the gasoline wreaked havoc on the engine and was soon to be phased out. He then discusses what corporations did next; sell gasoline with unprecedented amounts of lead in it to third-world countries.

Coalition of Labor Union Women CLUW

Our second featured guest was Patricia Cartwright with Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). Cartwright joined us to talk about what CLUW is all about, building a bridge between all women in viable organizations and about the upcoming election. She also discusses the plan or a march to the polls next Wednesday to encourage people to get up and go out and vote.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc also discussed the steel workers still have not negotiated a new contract since their last one expired in September, the Center for American Progress, and members of congress and voting on health care protections with pre-existing conditions.


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.


National President of the American Federation of Government Employees Jeffrey David Cox Sr. on America’s Work Force Radio

The National President of the American Federation of Government Employees was one of two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

AFGE American Federation of Government Employees International President J David Cox Sr.

On Oct. 17, Jeffrey David Cox Sr., AFGE National President, spoke about healthcare. Cox believes a single payer system is sustainable. Discussion turned to the benefits of joining a union and how the Janus decision impacted the AFGE. Cox also talked about three executive orders issued by President Trump that are hurting unions and how unions are fighting back.

Doreen Cannon, President of Plumbers Local 55 in Cleveland, was also on the show. She discussed the upcoming Cleveland Building Trades Apprenticeship Fair, which will be held on Oct. 24 at the Pipefitters Local 120 Hall in in Cleveland, and the many benefits associated with joining a registered apprenticeship in the building trades. There are many benefits of the earn while you learn model of an apprenticeship, which include getting paid a livable wage while working on a jobsite alongside experienced journeymen, classroom instruction to provide industry specific education and industry-leading safety courses, health insurance, retirement benefits and no student debt.

Doreen Cannon Plumbers Local 55

Cannon said a career in the building trades is incredibly rewarding, provides many opportunities for career advancement and offers men and women a direct path to the middle class.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc also discussed Richard Trumka’s thoughts on the new NAFTA negotiations, and how he believes all three branches of the federal government are attacking 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.