Infrastructure Improvements Discussed on America’s Work Force

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), spoke with America’s Work Force on May 13 about infrastructure improvements across the United States.

O’Sullivan spoke about a recent highway bill, passed in 2015, that put $305 billion towards infrastructure improvements and repairs over five years, and how it was not nearly enough money. After President Trump and congress labeled infrastructure improvements a top priority, O’Sullivan would still like to see more action by the president to prove these claims, such as allocating more money for infrastructure. He then addressed re-authorizing the highway bill in 2020 to keep pushing to improve the status of America’s failing infrastructure. O’Sullivan also talked about the need to address climate change and realistic and efficient forms of renewable energy.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan Doron

Dan Doron, public affairs director with the Ohio Consumers Counsel spoke about First Energy Solutions asking for a bailout or they will be forced to shut down their power plants. If they have to shut down their plants, they claim that it will cost people more money because it will be expensive to have to transition to a different source of power, when in fact in the long run, it would be cheaper for the taxpayer. Doron also talks about utility line warranties and how some utility companies base warranties off of current condition of power lines in the neighborhood, how often they go down, and the environment surrounding the lines. He said that consumers need to do their research before selecting a warranty plan because some warranties do not cover pre-existing issues in the neighborhood.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the tariffs on aluminum and steel in the United States and how President Trump is saying that they are advantageous for the U.S.



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Stagnant Wages Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dr. Jill Stein, two time green party presidential candidate, spoke to America’s Work Force on May 10 about stagnant wages and increasing healthcare costs.

Dr. Jill Stein

Dr. Stein said that one of the biggest problems right now for workers is that wages have been stagnant or barely increasing, while the cost of healthcare is skyrocketing. Next, she discussed medicare for all and that healthcare is a human right and should be accessible to all United States citizens. Dr. Stein also mentioned climate change and how the human race is directly responsible for the endangerment and extinction of a large amount of species.

The Labor Citizen

Tom Germuska, Jr. editor of the Labor Citizen, spoke with AWF on May 10 to give a preview on the May edition of the Labor Citizen. He then went on to talk about how construction work is still one of the most dangerous lines of work, even though the death rate from work related injury is decreasing. Furthermore, Germuska spoke about increased education on opiates and raising awareness for the increased number construction workers becoming addicted to opiates because of pain and injuries sustained on the job. Lastly, he talked about the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades day of community action on April 20.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed public service appreciation week and nurses appreciation week.



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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Push for Collective Bargaining Rights Discussed on America’s Work Force

Justin Madden, personal injury and business litigation lawyer with Justin Madden Law, spoke with America’s Work Force on May 10 to talk about firefighters fighting for collective bargaining rights.

Justin Madden

Madden brought up the issue of the start time for firefighters at the Cleveland Fire Department’s 24 hour shift being moved up from 8:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. This does not sound like an issue, however, the fire chief made this decision on his own without discussing it with the firefighters in the department. He said that the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 93 objected to this and said that the firefighters in the department deserve to negotiate the terms of their hours themselves, instead of changes being implemented without any discussion. Madden said that the firefighters should be able to negotiate a contract with their fire chief where they negotiate important topics such as their shift times.

Progressive Populist

Jim Cullen, editor of the Progressive Populist spoke with AWF on May 10 about the Mueller Report. He talked about how the president should remain under investigation for obstruction of justice, collusion, and even treason. Cullen also said that he believes that the findings in the Mueller Report should be broadcast on television for everyone to see.

National Association of Letter Carriers

Mark Camilli, national business agent for the National Association of Letter Carriers talked about the Stamp Out Hunger food drive taking place on Saturday, May, 11. To participate in the food drive, Camilli said that a person should leave non-perishable canned food items next to their mailbox, and when a mail-person drops off a resident’s mail, they will pick it up, and the food will be donated.

AWF host Ed “Flash” spoke about Richard Trumka’s speech about the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.



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First Responders Receiving Bargaining Rights Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Gruenberg, editor of Press Associates Inc., union news, spoke to America’s Work Force on May 6 about giving first responders more bargaining power for themselves.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union News

Gruenberg first spoke about how the United States is facing its lowest level of unemployment since 1969 and how certain jobs, such as factory jobs, have been increasing. He then went and talked about medicare for all, and also how the Trump administration has been trying to tear down the Affordable Care Act. Gruenberg then discussed first responders and how they should have more bargaining rights to negotiate contracts for themselves. He said that given their typically dangerous job, they should have the ability to bargain to negotiate for better hours, wages, equipment, safety standards, and more. Lastly, Gruenberg talked about three veteran women organizers who put together a coalition to lobby to put women and family issues as a top priority for 2020 presidential candidates. Some issues they want to tackle include equal pay for equal work, paid maternal leave, and not separating families at the border.

Sue McConnell Better Business Bureau

Sue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau spoke with AWF on May 6 about employment scams. She discussed how scammers were taking advantage of people when Amazon was looking for a place to set up their HQ2 and scammers would take people’s applications and take their personal information and have them fall victim to identity theft. McConnell also talked about a Social Security Administration spoofer phone call claiming they would take away a person’s benefits, deactivate their number, or offer them better benefits if they provided their social security number.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the gerrymandering in Ohio districts and how it was found unconstitutional. He also discussed postal service mail carriers and Stamp Out Hunger food drive.



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Upcoming Work Opportunities in Columbus Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, executive secretary for the Columbus and Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on May 3 about an increase in job opportunities in Columbus, Ohio.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council

Hager began his time on AWF by talking about the National Building Trades Legislative Conference that he attended last month. Hager discussed the speakers that he was drawn to during the conference. He then discussed infrastructure improvements in the Columbus area, which would create a large amount of job opportunities and get people back to work. Hager mentioned the gas tax increase and how some people are upset about. On the bright side, it will be useful towards infrastructure repairs and improvements around the city. Hager then talked about a $23 million recreation center in Columbus that will be union built and will be a huge opportunity to put even more people in the area back to work.

Tim Murphy Mother Jones

Russ Choma, writer for Mother Jones Magazine spoke with AWF on May 3 about President Trump’s problems with Deutsche Bank. He said that democrats subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for the President’s tax returns, but then President Trump and all of his family members sued Deutsche, putting the bank in a tough situation. Choma said that the President suing the bank so they cannot release his tax returns is because if his tax returns get out, he will be audited. He then discussed the President’s golf habits and how large of an expense he is racking up with the amount of security and protection he needs to travel to these golf courses.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the International Association of Firefighters giving their support to democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.



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Grounds for Impeachment Discussed on America’s Work Force

Kenneth McCallion, author of Treason & Betrayal: The Rise and Fall of Individual -1, joined America’s Work Force on May 2 to discuss reasons as to why President Trump could be impeached.

Kenneth McCallion Treason & Betrayal

First, McCallion explained his background in civil litigation specializing in constitutional law and what his law firm McCallion and Associates LLP and what they cover. He then discussed his book Treason & Betrayal and talked about the grounds on which President Trump could be impeached. He said that off of the top of his head, one of the main reasons that President Trump could have been impeached for was obstruction of justice during the Mueller investigation. McCallion said that had Trump executed his order to send all detained immigrants to sanctuary cities, which is not legal, he would have had extreme consequences to pay.

Senator Sherrod Brown

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown was also a guest on the May 2 edition of AWF. Sen. Brown discussed working families and the disregard for worker rights. He talked about how, as of lately, there has been a lot of anti-union pressures on companies and workers need to push back. Lastly, he talked about Boeing pushing out their aircraft to meet certain numbers, even after workers had warned the company of safety concerns and other flaws.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the National Association of Letter Carriers and the upcoming Stamp Out Hunger.



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.

Organizing Efforts in Tennessee Discussed on America’s Work Force

Chris Brooks, contributing writer for Labor Notes and In These Times Magazine, spoke with America’s Work Force on May 1 about an organizing effort at a car manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In These Times Magazine

Brooks discussed the Volkswagen car manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, TN and their attempts to organize. He said that originally, VW remained neutral and told the workers that if they wanted to unionize, it would be all up to the workers and that they would not get in the worker’s way. After the first attempt to organize failed, Brooks said that right-wing political operatives began to push back and showed some text book anti-union behavior against the worker’s organizing efforts. He said that politicians were bringing up legislation that would allow VW to get tax subsidies if they don’t have a union and repeatedly told workers why they don’t need a union. Brooks described it as being like South Carolina former Governor Nikki Haley.

United Labor Agency

Amy Emery, workforce innovation and opportunity act services manager (WIOA) for the United Labor Agency spoke with AWF on May 1 about the services that the ULA provides. She also discussed in demand jobs week and the programs that were put together to help people find jobs and re-enter the workforce.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Amazon’s new Prime members free one day shipping and how increasing the workload on fulfillment center employees means a higher fulfillment rate, creating a potentially unsafe work space for workers trying to meet hourly quotas.



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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Increasing Teacher’s Salary was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association spoke with America’s Work Force on April 30 about increasing teacher’s wages to adjust to inflation.

National Education Association

Garcia first spoke about teacher salaries throughout the United States and how it has not been keeping up with the rate of inflation. She said that the average teacher salary is down four percent in the past decade after accounting in the inflation rate. Because of this, a large amount of teachers have been forced to find a second or, in some causes, third job in order to make ends meet. Furthermore, the profession is having a hard time attracting people into it and having a harder time retaining teachers. Garcia also talked about the problems with charter schools and how they are drastically affecting funding for public schools.

America's Workforce Radio Ed "Flash" Ferenc

America’s Work Force host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Workers Memorial Day which honors all those who lost their lives on the job, and when OSHA became a law. Ferenc then talked about President Trump’s OSHA board is rolling back standards, putting workers at risk while on the job.



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.

Legalization of Marijuana was a Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

On April 29, Steven Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project spoke with America’s Work Force to discuss the possible legalization of medical marijuana and benefits that would come with it.

Marijuana Policy Project

Hawkins began by talking about how he believes that many Democratic presidential candidates will be using the legalization of medical marijuana as one of their main talking points during their campaigns since there has been an increase in people who back the idea of legalization. Also, the possibility of criminal justice reform may go along with the legalization of marijuana and to have sentence reductions for those who have been imprisoned for possession and then offer re-entry programs to help them get their lives back on track. Hawkins talked about the benefits of medical marijuana and how it helps with a lot of the same things that opioids are used for, but without getting addicted, or succumb to addiction to other forms of painkillers. Furthermore, Hawkins talked about the benefits of legalization, such as tax revenue to help repair infrastructure and other necessities around the city, and the creation of more jobs.

International Labor Rights

Charlotte Tate, campaign associate with International Labor Rights spoke with AWF on April 29 about forced labor in Uzbekistan. Tate talked about how Uzbekistan is one of the largest exporters of cotton in the world and how all Uzbekis, men, women and children, are forced to pick cotton, while receiving little to no compensation for it. Tate said that had anyone refused to pick cotton, they could be arrested, and charged with sabotage and potentially serve jail time. Not only are Uzbekis forced to pick cotton, or face incarceration, but they are required to prioritize it higher than their actual job. Tate also talked about companies refusal to do business with another company who does not respect human rights and promotes forced labor in order to combat what is going on in Uzbekistan.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the negative effects that Wall Street has on businesses and Joe Biden’s economist agenda.



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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Steel Tariffs Were the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Tom Conway, international vice president for the United Steel Workers spoke to America’s Work Force on April 26 about the repercussions of the steel tariffs.

United Steel Workers

Conway first spoke about the Dow Chemical Plant in Deer Park and how the company locked out their employees without any type of pay or benefits. The lockout came after weeks of bargaining in which both sides did not budge on their demands that they wanted met. Conway said that Dow gave the workers their final offer, which consisted of a rollback on worker protections and benefits. He also talked about the United States tariffs on steel and how it is affecting the prices of washers and dryers. Conway also said that the money from the tariffs was supposed to create more jobs, which it did, just not nearly as many as predicted.

John Russo

John Russo with Working Class Perspectives also spoke to AWF on April 26. Russo first spoke about Ohio and how important it will be in 2020 presidential race. He also discussed why many auto workers had voted for Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race but how they are upset now since he did not follow through on his promises he made to their industry. Lastly, Russo spoke about the importance of labor negotiations and how workers should continue fighting for their rights and protections.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about celebrating the 28th year of Workers Memorial Day, which brings attention to the formation of OSHA to help workers remain safe and protected on the job.



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,