On 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.
Rich 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.
One of the featured writers for The Nation Magazine, was one of the two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.
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.
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.
On Oct. 17, Jeffrey David Cox Sr., AFGE National President, spoke about the 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.
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.
Melissa Cropper and Steve Rosenfeld made guest appearances on America’s Work Force Radio.
Ohio Federation of Teachers
On Oct. 16, Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers and Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers, discussed student debt. She also spoke about a class action lawsuit against Navient, who made numerous misrepresentations to steer borrowers away from public service loan forgiveness programs and into student loan repayment programs, which do not offer forgiveness after making a certain amount of payments.
Steve Rosenfeld Book
Rosenfeld, author of Democracy Betrayed, has written a number of articles about the 2016 election. He talked about misinformation and false news about candidates on social media. He discussed how and why certain campaigns are being advertised to you on social media and spoke about his 2018 voter’s guide, which is meant to help connect voters to accurate, unbiased information so they can make educated votes in the upcoming General Election.
Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc also discussed two other topics, the Women Build Nations Conference, a building trades conference promoting women in the construction workforce, and food stamp usage in Ohio.
Tom Patton and BF Nagy were featured as guests on America’s Work Force Radio.
On Oct. 15, Tom Patton, state representative for Ohio was featured on the show to discuss Issue 1 in Ohio and clarify the good and the bad about it. He also talks about bringing in more younger people into the trades. When speaking about Issue 1, Patton stressed how important it is to help people get drug treatment rather than incarcerating them, especially if they are non-violent, young, and clearly are in need of help. It is much cheaper to the tax payers to have someone receive drug treatment rather than incarcerating them and not even helping fix their addiction. The second topic that Patton discusses is bringing more attention to the trades and apprenticeships. He talks about the benefits and opportunities that come with apprenticeships and how they should be advertised more so students who are uninterested in college or have trades-related skills know there are options for them out there.
Bruce Nagy is an author on many pieces that talk about clean energy and green technology. One thing that Nagy was talking about was how trades are beginning to go green by using cleaner energy sources. Nagy also talks about the higher acceptance of electric powered vehicles and how there is a higher demand for them. The last thing that he discussed during his time on the show is Brad Pitt financing the design and rebuilding of storm-resistant and affordable homes in New Orleans after Katrina hit.
Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc also discussed the upcoming clean energy age, the Climate Reality Project, unions needing more people to get involved, and how the economy has fluctuated during President Trump’s first 18 months in office.
On the show today we had two guests, Jimmy Cullen and Mary Jane Trapp.
Our first guest was Jimmy Cullen and we discussed his writing called “Mean Drunk Justice” and the Kavanaugh case. One major thing that Cullen discussed with us was how Justice Kavanaugh has a problem with telling the truth under oath and how it will affect him on the Supreme Court. Having someone that has trouble keeping their facts straight under oath on the Supreme Court is a little unnerving. He then goes on to talk about the administrations manipulation of the FBI during the Kavanaugh case, and finishes his time on the show talking about President Trump trying to frame the Democrats for everything that goes wrong or against him and seems to be trying to scare voters into voting Republican so that the Democrats do not “take away” our rights.
Our second guest on the show today was Mary Jane Trapp, and she came on the show to talk about different cases with us. She talks about the Cincinnati Enquirer Case, State vs. Vega (2018) , and ONU vs Charles Construction Services. With the State vs. Vega (2018) Case, Trapp explains what would give a police officer probable cause to search your car without a warrant during a traffic stop. With ONU vs. Charles Construction Services, Trapp explains that faulty workmanship cannot be covered in a claim and that before you hire a contractor that you make sure to review everything that is and is not covered. She finishes her time on the show today by giving her two cents on the Kavanaugh case and how she believes that electing him has “eroded confidence in an ‘impartial’ system” and how judges are supposed to be neutral or indifferent to political parties but she fears Kavanaugh will always favor Republicans.
Host of the show, Ed “Flash” Ferenc also discusses Cost of Living Adjustments, Consumer Price Index for the Elderly, the raised prices of stamps are a record nominal increase, and fighting the privatization of the postal service.
Josh Nassar from the United Auto Workers and Amy Hanauer from Policy Matters Ohio were featured on America’s Work Force Radio.
On Oct. 11, Josh Nassar was the first featured guest on the show. He discussed Brett Kavanaugh and how he is worried about the possibility of abuse power that Justice Kavanaugh could potentially have. Nassar also discusses the push to make Union picketing illegal and current developments on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA talks about giving workers the right to strike, the freedom of association, and the right to collective bargaining. One thing that people are unhappy about in the USMCA is that it does not do anything to keep call center jobs in the United States.
Our second guest Amy Hanauer discusses drug addiction services and treatment over incarceration. She talks about how reducing the incarceration of drug users will increase the resources that could be spent on comprehensive drug treatment, rather than having the drug abuser sit in prison, not get any treatment, and come back out still with an addiction. Hanauer says that incarcerating these drug users is ruining their relationships, their chances of getting jobs once they come back out, and more importantly they are ruining their lives. By receiving drug treatment rather than being incarcerated, they could come back and become a productive member of society again, and it would be cheaper to tax payers.
Ed “Flash” Ferenc also talk about Elon Musk and current problems over at the Tesla factory and its sweatshop conditions, the USMCA raising wages to $16 an hour in Mexico, and President Trump’s National Relation Board putting limits on picketing, possibly making it illegal in some areas, and also how Ohio voters are getting purged.
Today on the show we had Jill Stein and Tom Germuska Jr. Jill Stein is a two-time presidential candidate from the Green Party and Tom Germuska is the editor for the Labor Citizen.
Jill Stein was our first guest on the show today and she started her time by talking about the Brett Kavanaugh case. She said, “the Brett Kavanaugh debacle is a symptom of Democrat half-hearted fight against Republican interest.” She also discusses people showing more interest in other parties such as the Green Party, and she finishes her time talking about Howie Hawkins running for Governor in New York. Howie is a Green Party candidate and pushes for worker rights and interests. She talks about how if Howie wins, it will pressure other states to consider Green Party candidates.
Our second guest on the show today was Tom Germuska Jr. from the Labor Citezen who spends his time talking about the content in the October edition of the magazine. Germuska also talks about early voting and some benefits that come with it, such as being about to sit down and read over all of your choices carefully and be able to make an educated vote. He also discusses getting the Cleveland and the Columbus Building Trades prepared for the midterm elections, updates on the Quicken Loans Arena project and how it will be done on time and on budget, and the importance of the Construction Trades Apprenticeship Fair and how it will open up people’s minds about the opportunities and potential for a good career that comes with working in the trades.
Other topics of discussion were Ford Motor Company saying they will have to layoff workers because Trumps’ tariffs made the company take about a $1 billion blow to profits and they will have to lay off around 12% of the company around the world! Also, members of Unite Here in Boston, San Francisco, and San Jose are striking against Marriott Hotels because of wages. The most profitable hotel chain in the world has workers who need to work more than one job to be able to provide for themselves and their families! Something does not add up there!
Our two guests on today’s show were Frank Matthews and Dave Wondolowski. Frank Matthews is the Administrative Director to the Vice President with the Communications Workers of America and Dave Wondolowski is the Executive Secretary for the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council.
Our first guest was Frank Matthews, and he talks about elections and voting, the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (new NAFTA), drug companies and drug prices, and airline workers most recent victory. Matthews discusses how today is the last day to register to vote in Ohio and to go make sure that you are registered to vote, and if you think you are registered, go double check; the best way to make your voice heard is to vote! When talking about the USMCA, Matthews says that the USMCA is doing nothing to help the working person and it is not preventing jobs from being off-shored or outsourced. Also, how it was going to work with drug companies to lower the drug prices, which never happened. To finish his time on the show, Matthews talks about a huge airline workers victory with getting an 8 hour rest time after flights. Little by little, day by day, the workers are gaining the rights they deserve.
Our second guest is a frequent on the show, Dave Wodolowski. While on the show, Wondolowski also stresses the importance of registering and going out to vote, talks briefly on Kelley & Ferraro and the benefits of the work that they do, the ECOT scandal and how money is being lost and how unfair it is to the families, and smear campaigns in the commercials right now during the Cordray and Dewine debates. Wondolowski also talks about how early voting is beneficial because it gives you the time to sit down, read things over, make an educated vote, and be able to properly fill out the ballot. To finish his time on the show, Wondolowski talks about what the building trades will be up to from now until November 6th, and construction jobs in Ohio are looking strong for the 4th quarter and are expecting to remain strong for the next 24 months!
Other things that we discussed today were how far the Cordray and Dewine smear campaigns are going to go, the AFL-CIO being proactive and distributing informative leaflets, how important voting and registering to vote is, and teacher’s activism going on around the country right now!
Today on our show, we had Dan Doron from the Ohio Consumer’s Council, and Fred Ross from IBEW 1245.
Our first guest on the show was Dan Doron and he discusses possible scams that people could fall for involving their utility providers. Doron talks about scammers targeting older individuals, more creative scams that are being pulled on people, how to spot a scammer, what to do if you happen to fall for a scam. He also discusses do not call lists, and the importance of reporting a scam if you do fall for one. Just because you fell for a scam does not mean someone else should too; report it so that people can learn from your mistakes. To end his time on the show, Doron talks about “vampire power”, and different ways on how to save nearly $100 on your electricity a year!
Our second guest on the show today was Fred Ross and he talks about maintaining a strong relationship and open communication with members of your union. He talks about how staying transparent with your union will help maintain trust throughout the union, making sure everyone’s voices are heard, constantly improving your union, recruiting campaigns, the union difference, and how to keep members in the union, lowering the rate of people leaving the union.
Other topics that we discussed today were how a union can make a difference in your life, the Cordray and Dewine debates, and how a union in California is responding to the Janus decision.