Today’s Show 9-6-18

Today on the show we had Darryll Bell and Steve Campisi, stewards and political coordinators of Local 31 in the studio with us, and also Senator Sherrod Brown. While on the show, Darryll and Steve talked about the American Federation of Government Employees, working with the Cleveland VA Medical Center, the VA accountability act, being Air Force Veterans, veteran homelessness, the three executive orders that sought to undermine the representation of unions with their employees, and Federal employee wage raises. Senator Sherrod Brown discussed jobs in Ohio, American Jobs Act and keeping automotive production in the United States, NAFTA negotiations, labor enforcement, and the Firefighter Registry Cancer Act.  We also discuss the op-ed article submitted to the New York Times by a member of the White House Administration about President Trump and how he demands that he either come forward or be turned over by the NYT! Hot topics of discussion from the last couple of weeks and more unique, insightful views to go along with them!

Today’s Show 9-5-18

On today’s show we have Lisa Graves with the Center for Media and Democracy, and Dave Megenhardt, Executive Director of the United Labor Agency (ULA). While on the show today, we had a lengthy conversation with Lisa Graves about her project, Documented Investigations, and the Koch’s 60 year anti-union efforts. She tells about the history of Fred Koch and how he worked with the Germans in the 30’s and the Russians after that, and how Charles and David took up after their father and followed in his footsteps. Our second guest was Dave Megenhardt with the ULA. During Dave’s time on the show, he talks about Playhouse Square’s upcoming play called “Sweat”, which talks about unions and jobs going overseas. Dave also mentions voter registration events and pledge cards being send out to remind people to exercise their rights to vote during the primaries. We also talked about Brett Kavanaugh and his labor record, North Carolina’s Congressional Districts, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee for a position, and workers talking about unionizing while at work. There is a lot of great content on today’s show!

Today’s Show 9-4-18

On today’s show, we had Tim Burga with the AFL-CIO, and Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and 25 year veteran of congressional trade battles. While our first guest, Tim Burga, was on the show, we talked a lot about politics with Trumka vs Trump, CoinGate scandal, tax payer money, ECOT scandal, Richard Cordray and Mike Dewine, Right-to-Work and prevailing wage, and the Senate race. Our second guest, the incredibly qualified Lori Wallach talks about the NAFTA renegotiation, effects of trade, outsourced jobs due to NAFTA, raising wages in Mexico, try to remove the incentives in NAFTA to outsource, pro-trade model cons, whether Canada will join in on the agreements, and finding out at the end of September whether or not the new negotiations will actually make a difference. We also talk more about Trump vs Trumka, no raises for federal workers, midterm elections, and the 42,000 documents that were released looking into Brett Kavanaugh.

Labor Day Show 9-3-18

Happy Labor day to all! On today’s show, we have guests Mark Gruenberg, editor for Press Associates Union News Service, and Sue McConnell with the Better Business Bureau. Our first guest on the show, Mark Gruenberg, talks about the race in Missouri on organized labor, progressive, pro-worker, women running in the primaries, Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s meetings with several labor leaders, Leo Gerard and his writings about President Trump, postal workers convention on privatizing the postal service, as well as postal banking and savings accounts and what happened to them. With her limited, yet informative time on the show today, Sue McConnell talked about three fraudulent job offers to be aware of, saving you some time, your money and possibly keeping your identity from being stolen stolen. Remember to always do careful research on job offers you find online before you send any personal information or money! More topics that we cover today are politics, the primaries, and some Labor Day History

We hope that you had a relaxing Labor Day!

Today’s Show 8-31-18

On the show today we had Amirah Sequeira, Legislative Advocate for National Nurses United, and Ed Smith, President and CEO of Union Labor Life Insurance Company (Ullico). Our first guest Amirah Sequeira talked about the National Nurses United Organization, single-payer medicare for everyone, how to improve our healthcare system, obstacles in the way of trying to achieve medicare for everyone, and nurse to patient ratios. The second guest Ed Smith talked about his 50 Labor Days, labor movements, the Disney World contracts, and how 1 in every 10 workers are Union now compared to 1 in every 3 years ago. This and more on today’s show!

Today’s Show 8-30-18

On the broadcast today we had writer, editor, and researcher Tim Tolka, and contributing writer to The Prospect, David Dayen. Our first guest, Tim Tolka talks about how he got started with his research on his book Blue Mafia, small town police misconduct, brutality and corruption, consent decrees, and the backstory behind the federal investigations on the police in Steubenville and Warren Ohio. Our second guest, David Dayen talks about Tesla, the workers and the wages that they are making, how Tesla is the only United States car manufacturer that is non-Union, the high cost of living around the factory and how it is forcing the workers to have to live further than desirable away from their work, and Elon Musk and his promises to the workers (that do not include wage increases). Each of our guests dive deep into their incredibly interesting and thought provoking topics and made for a great show today!

Today’s Show 8-29-18

On today’s show we had former United States Attorney, Steve Dettlebach, and Bernie Lunzer of The News Guild. Our first guest Steve Dettlebach talks about his career history from all the way back in law enforcement to being a Civil Rights Attorney and working at the Department of Justice. He talks about why he is running for Attorney General, corruption in politics, the ECOT scandal, the opioid crisis and hate crimes. Our second guest Bernie Lunzer talks a good deal on President Trump and his war on the press. He talks about how President Trump declaring the press the enemy is making people fear going to do their jobs because of how people have been treating members of the press lately and how it is causing some people to step away from the profession. Also, we talk about the NAFTA negotiations and what President Trump has to say about Canada’s involvement, tariffs, and exchange rates between the United States and Mexico in their trade deal.

Today’s Show 8-28-18

Today on the show, we had our independent labor voice, Tommy Buffenbarger, retired General President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, as well as Chad Worz, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Society for Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). While on the show, Tom Buffenbarger talks about the Federal Judge on Friday who struck down the provisions of the executive orders that would crush government unions and weaken their representation, what is going on with NAFTA negotiations and where Canada stands, and John McCain and the White House’s response to his death. Chad Worz talks about elderly people and their medication and trying to reduce the amount they have to take by eliminating ones that are unnecessary, the over utilization of certain medications, drug pricing and the Pharmacy Benefit Managers, and why EpiPens got so expensive and how other drugs could be following suit because of the same reasons. Also, talks about Disney World striking up a contract that negotiated higher starting wages and the San Antonio City Council voting to allow working people up to 64 hours of paid sick time a year! A lot of great information on the show today!

Today’s Show 8-27-18

On today’s broadcast we have author of China RX, editor of JAMA Internal Medicine, and journalist with Journal of the American Medical Association Rosemary Gibson, and the Secretary-Treasurer at the Transportation Trades Department AFL-CIO, Greg Regan. Our first guest, Rosemary Gibson, talks about contaminated medicine from China, production of medicine in China, US losing jobs because of drug manufacturing in China, regulations and recalls, and proposed tariffs on chemical building blocks for medicines. Our second guest, Greg Regan, talks about extreme heat and cold on air crafts, workplace safety for flight attendants and flight crews, hurricane season and its impact people’s opinions of the Jones Act. Along with this, we talk about the largest, single day protest and Judge K. Brown Jackson striking down key provisions of a set of executive orders making it easier to fire employees and weaken their representation!

Today’s Show 8-24-18

On today’s broadcast we had Sherry Linkon, English professor at Georgetown University, with Working-Class Perspective, and David McCall, director of United Steel Workers 1. While on the show, Sherry Linkon talked about the ECOT scandal, problems with charter schools, college student resources, and support of working class students at universities. Our second guest David McCall talked about steel work in Pittsburgh, their negotiations that started in July, United States and China tariffs and why they are imposed, and productivity of steel workers. Listen to these topics of discussion and more below!