What Labor Unions Have Done for Workers Discussed on America’s Work Force

America's Work Force RadioAmerica’s Work Force host Ed Flash Ferenc talked to listeners on Labor Day about some of the victories labor unions have had and how they benefited all workers. One of the benefits labor unions gave the workforce is a 40 hour work week and work-free weekends. Before labor unions, workers worked over 60 hours, seven days a week, but thanks to unions, workers won weekends for leisure time and rest. Another important win for unions that Ferenc discussed was the right to collectively bargain for their contracts. By having the right to collectively bargain, power is shifted more equally than the power being held by corporations.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, President of the Better Business Bureau in Cleveland spoke with AWF on Sep. 2 about specific scams to look out for now that the school year is back in session. Some major scams are directed toward college students; she told college students to look out for were job scams and roommate matching service scams. McConnell said that there is a significant increase in fake job postings targeting college students promising outstanding wages and hours but really end up just taking money from the job prospects. As for the roommate matching service, she said that an online company will ask people searching for roommates to fill out a questionnaire, making them think they will be paired with someone of the same interests, but, if anything at all, will just be matched for anybody looking to split rent. She also mentioned scams involving spoofing emails from major airline companies getting people to give up their personal information.

Mark Gruenberg, writer for Press Associates Union talked about some court decisions on redistricting and the National Labor Relations Board. He also talked about Walmart not ceasing the sale of firearms in the wake of all of these mass shootings and how people are beginning to boycott the company.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

Importance of Finding Common Ground Discussed on America’s Work Force

James Hoggan, co-founder of DeSmogBlog and author of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot spoke with America’s Work Force on Aug. 30 about political parties reporting news about the political climate.

JamesHoganHoggan talked about how political parties twist stories to favor their agenda and discredit the opposing party, creating a myopic point-of-view on issues, rather than reporting an issue for what it really was. He said that political parties do not know how to properly communicate with each other or find common ground, and would rather tear down the other party’s image instead of talking through major issues and communicating properly with one another. Hoggan said that social media is another big problem when it comes to reporting accurate news stories. Social media is great in the sense that it gives anybody the ability to voice their opinion, however, there is no way to filter out what may be true or not. As a result, people could begin to believe something that is not remotely true and become outraged at a completely fabricated issue. Hoggan stressed that people need to do thorough research on issues instead of making knee-jerk reactions in order to properly form an educated opinion.

Marshall Auerback Independent Media InstituteSteve Rosenfeld, editor for the Independent Media Institute spoke with AWF on Aug. 30 about the need for the United States to improve their voting systems for the upcoming 2020 presidential election. He mentioned that with how improved technology has become, there should be a foolproof way for voters to be able to cast their ballots without any issue whatsoever. Rosenfeld said that we have the technology to accomplish this task, the political parties just need to find a process to agree on and then move from there.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

More Broken Promises From President Trump Discussed on America’s Work Force

Michael Hiltzik, Pulitzer Prize winner and writer for the LA Times spoke to America’s Work Force on Aug. 29 to talk about President Trump breaking more of his promises.

LA Times MagazineHiltzik discussed how farmers are being affected by the on-going trade war with China and how they feel betrayed after President Trump said that he would be fighting for farmers. With the President continuing his trade war with China by imposing tariffs on steel, China has been retaliating by putting sanctions in U.S exports, including corn and other crops, which hurts farmers and their business. Hiltzik did talk about how the steel tariffs have been helping the steel industry, but not enough to outweigh how much it’s been affecting farmers. Lastly, he talked about increasing union representation protections, such as the right to collective bargaining, right to organize and the right to a fair contract.

Move to AmendGreg Coleridge, Ohio coordinator of Move to Amend spoke with AWF on Aug. 29 about passing a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood. He also discussed giving more power back to people, and building a democracy where people will be held more responsible for their actions. Coleridge talked about making sure that companies are looking out for their workers, not just the company or their own personal interests.

AWF host talked about Ford Motor Company plant authorizing a strike by a 99 percent vote if Ford fails to negotiate a four-year contract with the United Auto Workers before their current contract expires in September.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

Vietnam Reconsidered Discussed on America’s Work Force

John Ketwig, author of Vietnam Reconsidered: The War, the Times, and Why They Matter spoke with America’s Work Force on Aug. 28 about his book.

Vietnam ReconsideredKetwig, who served in Vietnam recounts the horrors that he and his fellow service members experienced during their time in Vietnam during the war. He talked about how he and his comrades saw and experienced such horrific acts and the post-traumatic stress that they brought back home with them after the war. Ketwig mentioned that the people who went and fought in the Vietnam War all came home changed people, and how they were expected to go back to their previous lives as if they had not just been to hell and back.

Ketwig also talked about auditing the Pentagon and how the last time the Pentagon was audited, it was a disastrous failure. He said that there was an incredible amount of fraud, needless spending, and many things unaccounted for. Lastly, he talked about the Pentagon holding statistics about veteran suicide rates and how they are soon going to stop allowing them to be public to prevent people from seeing them and potentially not wanting to join the military.

National United Committee To Protect PensionsMike Walden, president of the National United Committee to Protect Pensions spoke to AWF on Aug. 28 to discuss the Butch-Lewis Act, House Resolution 397. He also talked about Virginia Foxx and her dislike of multi-employer pension plans, and her anti-union views.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Uber drivers in California going on strike until the misclassification of the drivers as independent contractors rather than employees gets resolved.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

Unlawful Discrimination Against Union Workers Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tom Buffenbarger, former International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers spoke to America’s Work Force on Aug. 27 to talk about a companies unlawful treatment of their employees.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersBuffenbarger first discussed President Trump wanting to purchase Greenland and how he would have to use money from social security to be able to do that. A major problem with that is it would put people’s future at risk by investing, and potentially losing, money that they put aside for themselves to be able to use after retirement. Buffenbarger then went on to talk about employees who were illegally fired from Boeing for being in support of unions and unionizing. He said that workers who were seen wearing union memorabilia, as well as workers who were known to be pro-union, were terminated from their jobs and how that is against standards set by the National Labor Relations Board. Buffenbarger said that corporations need to be held more responsible for actions like this and need to understand that workers have the right to organize if they want to and it is illegal to interfere with the process.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission spoke with AWF on Aug. 27 about services offered to veterans. He discussed a loan debt forgiveness program for disabled veterans. Reiss said that their veteran loan forgiveness program forgives a veterans debt completely if they are permanently disabled. He also talked about the CCVSC looking for an accredited veteran services officer to work at their office.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the near 20,000 AT&T employees who are going on strike because of the AT&T companies big tax scam.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

War Between States Discussed on America’s Work Force

Greg LeRoy, director of Good Jobs First spoke to America’s Work Force on August 26 about the war between the states to win the Amazon HQ2 bid.

Greg LeRoy Good Jobs FirstLeRoy spoke about promoting the economy and economic development by investing more into cities and creating more jobs with improvements in infrastructure and other construction projects. He also talked about class action lawsuits with companies involving deferred wages, garnished wages and other issues with pay and benefits. LeRoy discussed the battle between states to win the bid to have Amazon’s HQ2 in their state. Adding on to his comment earlier about promoting the economy, he said that if a state won the bid for HQ2, jobs would be created and the economy in the area of HQ2 would be stimulated.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisGreg Regan, Secretary Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department spoke to AWF on August 26 about the National Mediation Board. He said that the National Mediation Board is making it more difficult for workers to form a union, and it is also making it easier for unions to be decertified. Regan also mentioned that there has been legislation brought up to institute a two-year ban on attempts to form a union after failure to unionize or after being decertified. Lastly, he talked about the issues of foreign repair stations and the quality, or lack-thereof, of repairs being done on airplanes and the safety concerns that they are exhibiting.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about President Trump trying to battle and dismantle immigration courts and judges.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

America’s Work Force Discusses What Needs to be Added to New NAFTA

Tom Conway, international president of the United Steel Workers discussed what he feels needs to be added to the updated NAFTA before Congress signs off on it during his appearance on America’s Work Force.

USW United SteelworkersDuring Aug. 23 show, Conway talked about President Trump and his war against China involving steel tariffs. He also discussed the increase in American companies who are buying back their own stock, keeping the money for the executives, rather than distributing it to their employees or reinvesting back into the company. Conway then talked about the new NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and how he believes that it does not enforce labor laws as much as he would like it to. He said that it addresses certain labor laws, but does not do anything to enforce them and make sure that companies follow them. Conway wants more enforcement to be included so that workers and their rights are protected and are able to fairly bargain for their own contracts and other protections. He mentioned that he does not like the USMCA because it does not focus on the workers, but he still would like to make sure the workers are protected.

Sherry Linkon Working Class PerspectivesSherry Linkon, English professor at Georgetown University and a writer for Working Class Perspectives spoke with AWF about intersectionality and the upcoming election. She discussed the gender wage and pay gap and also how much wider the gap is with African American women. She put a spotlight on the pay discrimination that women face in their work places, how women, on average, make 60 cents of the dollar compared to a man’s pay for the same work, and how women of color suffer even worse from pay discrimination. Lastly, Linkon discussed how candidates for this upcoming election need to focus on intersectionality with race and class when talking about promises they are making to workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump and his gun policies following the recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

Protecting Workers Rights Discussed on America’s Work Force

Bill Samuel, government affairs director of the AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on August 22 about refining workers protections in the new NAFTA.

AFL-CIOSamuel discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and how he would like to see more worker protections included in the final draft before Congress signs off on it. He also talked about how he wants to make sure that workers in all three countries are properly protected, not just the workers in the U.S. Samuel said that fundamental components, such as, the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act need to be included in the USMCA to make sure that all of the power is not taken from workers and they are still able to exercise their right to bargain for their contracts. Lastly, he discussed the Butch-Lewis Act and how in its current state, he does not believe it will make it through the house, but with some revisions, he sees it passing.

Cuyahoga County Public Defenders OfficeAWF next guest was David King, assistant public defender at the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office who discussed what can and cannot be expunged from a person’s record. After being convicted of a felony, it is difficult for a person to find a job again because of what they have on their record, but King works to expunge certain things from a person’s record in hopes to help get them a job again. He said that felonies in the first and second degree cannot be expunged, and neither can sex crimes or traffic tickets. He said that there is a full list of non-expungeable felonies located on their website or in their office.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Shell workers being used as political props at President Trump’s recent rally in Pennsylvania.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

America’s Work Force Discusses the Federal Prison System

Jacque Simon, policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees spoke with America’s Work Force on August 21 about the federal prison system.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesSimon first spoke about federal employee unions that are constantly under attack by President Trump and other members of his administration. Next, she talked about if employees of any company were to speak about groups of people the way that President Trump does, they would be fired, immediately. An example would be telling a person to “go back to the country that they came from.” Simon said if it is inappropriate for employees to speak to each other in that manner, why should our President be able to get away with speaking like that?

Simon then talked about the federal prison system and the problems that have been occurring, regarding violence against inmates. With the recent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, among other deaths of inmates, there has been an increase in pressure on prisons to improve their conditions and safety standards for their inmates. She said that prison owners are against unions because it makes firing “bad eggs” harder and in turn, makes it more difficult to improve the quality of their staff.

Ohio Representative Larry HouseholderOhio house speaker, Larry Householder, joined AWF to discuss Ohio House Bill 6 and the new Ohio gas tax. He said that H.B.6 is helping to keep the power plants in Ohio in commission, which will save people money on utilities and provide clean energy to Ohioans. Householder also said that the recently passed Ohio gas tax increase is a good thing because the money from the gas tax is going to improve Ohio’s infrastructure. Ohio has the second largest amount of bridges and the fourth largest highway system in all of the United States, so the money from the gas tax will be put to good use, in order to improve and repair infrastructure. He also mentioned that by having the money to repair highways and bridges, more jobs will be created, boosting the economy.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the United Auto Workers voting on whether or not to authorize a strike in preparation for one of their contracts that will be ending soon.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

America’s Work Force Radio welcomes a new school year

Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers joined America’s Work Force on August 20 to discuss the beginning of another new school year.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperCropper first discussed the new bulletproof backpacks that have been released in the wake of recent school shootings, as a means for protection for today’s children. Also, she talked about how after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool in Florida, there has been attempts to put common sense gun legislation in place in Ohio to limit people’s access to high powered rifles. Cropper stressed how with a lot of gun legislation, the government is not trying to completely take away people’s rights to their firearms, just limit access to high capacity rifles and other extremely powerful guns.

On the topic of school shootings, Cropper talked about teachers who think they are being proactive by bringing a gun of their own into their classrooms to protect their class in case of emergency. Teachers wanting to protect their students is a great thought, however, in one instance, a teacher left their classroom, leaving one of the students to find the unlocked case where the gun was kept, picked it up and pointed it at another student. No one was harmed, but that situation could have turned out to be disastrous even though the teacher had good intentions of protecting their kids. Lastly, she talked about the Ohio budget for education and how some legislation that was put in place expanded the voucher program.

American ProsepectDavid Dayen, executive editor of the American Prospect joined the August 20 show to talk about President Trump’s fake trade war with China. He talked about how the President called China a currency manipulator and continues to battle with them over tariffs. Dayen said that the President continues delaying to give China a necessary response on how to end this feud over steel.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Shell workers just outside of Pittsburgh who were told they either had to attend President Trump’s rally, or take the day off with no pay, and how that was unfair to the 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.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.