Today’s Show 10-09-18

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.America's Workforce Radio

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’s Show 10-05-18

Today on the show, we had long time guest Dorsey Hagar from the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council, and Pema Levy with the Mother Jones Website.

Our first guest, Dorsey Hagar, talks about his trip to the Alberta Building Trades Conference and presenting there. While at the conference, he speaks about community benefit agreements, pre-apprenticeship programs, and lowering unemployment rates. Hagar also talks about starting a program called a Building Trades Pilot Boot camp, doing a trial run next year, where they will expose middle schoolers going into the 9th grade to the trades. They will host a week long class from 8-3 where they will let the students learn about all of the trades and work hands on with them to show them that there are more options after high school than just a four year university. The last thing he talks about on the show is a minority contractor outreach event.

Our second guest on the show today was Pema Levy, and she talks about Rachel Mitchell questioning Dr. Ford in the Brett Kavanaugh case. She talks about Mitchell being blasted for casting a doubt on Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh and how people who have worked with Mitchell in the past are disappointed in how she went about this who entire thing. She was called disingenuous and inconsistent in her practices and was incredibly unprofessional by jumping to conclusions on the case.

We also discuss the fight for $15 and what it means for Amazon employees. By raising the wages to $15 an hour, it may seem like a win for the workers, however, employees who already earned $15 an hour saying they are losing more than they are gaining. Because of the wage increase, workers are missing out on monthly bonuses and a chance to own Amazon’s skyrocketing stock because of this raise. On top of that, employees already earning $15 an hour are only going to be receiving an extra $1 per hour, so they are losing more than they are gaining out of this. We also talk about Bernie Sanders telling McDonald’s to follow in Amazon’s footsteps and raise minimum wage to $15 an hour. Finally, we talk about airline workers organizing.

Great content today, make sure you give it a listen!

Today’s Show 10-03-18

On our show today, we had Professor Aaron Tang, and Carolyn Lookabill. Professor Aaron Tang is an acting professor of law at the University of California School of Law and Carolyn Lookabill is Providence Healthcare Management Director of Assisted Living Operations.

Our first guest, Professor Tang, talks about the Janus decision and how to fix their “free-rider” problem. Professor Tang is the author of How to Undo Janus: A User-Friendly Guide, and spends most of his time talking his publication and all of the ways that Janus could be neutralized. One of his main points was to have government employers reimburse union dues expenses directly, rather than having them deducted from union member paychecks. This plan could bring a small net increase to the workers as well.

Our second guest was Carolyn Lookabill from Providence Home Healthcare, who provides management for senior living facilities. She spends her time talking about senior living, healthcare, and care-giving. One of the major problems faced with care-givers right now is that they do not know where to find the resources so that they can properly take care of somebody. She talks about how there is another great resource to use, besides the internet, which is by calling the number 211 and you can talk to a highly trained service professional to help you out.

We also discuss the new NAFTA negotiations, now called United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), and how parts of it are aimed to help improve labor rules. We also talk about Amazon and the win for the fight for $15 minimum wage! Amazon, starting November 1, will increases minimum wage for all workers, seasonal and contract, to $15 an hour after employees pushing for it for so long! Another great win for the workers!

Today’s Show 10-02-18

Today on the show we had two guests, Jason Perlman and Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal. Jason Perlman is a political director with the Ohio AFL-CIO and Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal is a dermatologist!

Our first guest on the show was Mr. Jason Perlman and during his time, he talks about Dewine and Cordray and what each of them are bringing to the table for the working person. He goes on to say that Dewine has been anti-worker in the past and is constantly trying to take away worker rights, however, both stated that they would veto right to work. He finishes his time on the show talking about the ECOT scandal and how Dewine did nothing while the online school was lying about enrollment and was ultimately stealing from people.

Our second guest was Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal. Dr. Rosenthal, who spent 38 years practicing dermatology, talks about healthcare and single payer healthcare. Dr. Rosenthal is the daughter of a doctor and the granddaughter of a doctor, so she knows all about how healthcare has changed over the years. She discusses expanding medicare for all by taking out the private parts, and keep the public parts and give them to everybody; publicly funded, privately delivered.

We also discuss President Trump and the new NAFTA negotiations, how they want to get rid of NAFTA and rename it USMCA (United States Mexico Canada Agreement), how the new NAFTA negotiations will modernize trade rules and make it easier for workers to form unions in Mexico, Postal Workers management agreed to extend bargaining for another month, car prices may rise soon and selection may decrease, and finally putting the interest of working families first. Nice little change of pace in the topics of discussion on the show today!

Today’s Show 10-01-18

on our show today, we had guests Mark Gruenberg and Sue McConnell. Our first guest Mark Gruenberg is head Washington DC’s bureau of People’s World and also an editor of Press Associations Inc. During his time on the show, Mark talks about the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, people calling the senate and telling them to believe the survivors, Labor Federations, and the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) all speaking against Kavanaugh. Gruenberg also talks about the executive court orders being overturned and now how they are being appealed and he explains that federal workers cannot bargain over their pay, contracts with the middle class, Cordray and Dewine race, and a Blue Wave. Our second guest on the show was Sue McConnell from the Bureau of Better Business. Today, Sue talked about new scams going on with fake check scams and car wrap scams. People are being sent fraudulent checks from companies that they think are trustworthy, depositing the bogus checks, taking money out and sending it to a third party business involved in the scam, and then having to pay the bank back when they find out the check was fake. Last year, the public lost over $60 million from these fake check scandals and that does not include scams that were not reported! She also talks about doing research before sending money to Natural Disaster Relief charities because some may not be trustworthy and keep the money, and she finishes her time on the show talking about children’s identities being stolen and their credit scores being ruined. We also talk about Labor 411 celebrating a decade of making a difference for workers, and supporting businesses who treat their workers well and provide good pay, benefits, etc. A lot of interesting stuff on the show today!

Today’s Show 9-20-18

Today on the show we had Doug Oplinger, retired editor from Akron Beacon Journal, and Pat Gallagher, from District 1 Steelworkers. While on the show today, Doug talks about Your Voice Ohio, encouraging people to help out and start supporting their local news, opiod problems, and the average household income dropping. Our second guest Pat talks about the governor race in Ohio, the steel industry and the profit they are making, steelworkers in strike mode right now because they are unhappy with the lack of wage increases and other benefits, and his thoughts on the tariffs and how they are affecting our economy. We also talk about kick starting the economy and the economy shift in Ohio, the Cordroy and Dewine debate, drug victims and the addiction crisis, and holding politicians accountable for their actions.

Today’s Show 9-19-18

Today on the show we had Tony Reardon, President of the National Treasury Employees Union, and Tish O’dell, community organizer from the Akron, Ohio area. Our first guest, Tony, talks about the historic union victory over executive orders and what it means for unions moving forward, working people’s voices finally being heard, IRS workers, the possibility of government shut down, President Trump wanting a pay freeze while other federal employees want a pay increase and unions against Kavanaugh. Our second guest Tish talks about having a community forum with topics on fair elections, sustainability, worker rights, police accountability, mass incarceration, and legalization of marijuana. She also talks about how people WANT to make a difference in their communities, they just need to be better educated on hot topics, and how communities should be funding drug treatment over mass incarceration since it is cheaper for the tax payer. we also discuss federal pay raises for next year, accusations against Kavanaugh, and how First Energy Nuclear Operations are planning to give generous bonuses to employees working until the plant shuts down in 2020!

Today’s Show 9-18-18

Today on the show we had Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT), and Lee Geiss, Ohio Regional Program Manager for the Blue Green Alliance. While on the show today, our first guest Melissa talks about women and their huge role on this upcoming election, women getting involved in politics so that they can have their voice heard on policies that are not representing them as well as they would like, and the Electronic Classrooms of Tomorrow (ECOT) scandal. Our second guest on the show Lee Geiss talks about creating and retaining jobs while cleaning up the environment, green jobs and energy efficient solutions, educating people on green jobs, fuel economy standards, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the Department of Transportation, and how rolling back certain standards will cause pollution, high gas prices, and job loss. Other topics of discussion included the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations, gas prices being at a four year high, television commercials and slandering candidates, and Ford Motor Company believing the tariffs will bring auto jobs back to the United States!

Today’s Show 9-17-18

On today’s show we had Grace Heffernan, project manager for Towards Employment, and Mike Polensek, a councilman from the Cleveland City Council. Our first guest Grace discussed what Towards Employment is all about, TalentNEO, helping the formerly incarcerated get back into the workforce, help individuals prepare, obtain, maintain, and advance in a job so that they are able to support themselves and their families. Grace also talks about employers looking to fill jobs based on their skills rather than strictly based on their past education, their organization’s job readiness training in-house, and her fundraiser called “A Toast to New Tomorrows” which promotes opportunities toward employment. Our second guest Mike Polensek talks about high speed chases and new ways on how to end them safely. He also discusses Cleveland’s policy on joining and trying to stop a high speed pursuit, and the problem one home owner has encountered over the last couple of years regarding these dangerous high speed chases. Other topics that we discussed were pay differentials between men and women, how earnings are falling for men and the wage gap is still large, climate change conflict, justice for working people, gun rights, school vouchers, and the new controversy regarding sexual assault surrounding Brett Kavanaugh. We covered a lot of information on the show today and had some great discussion about serious matters!

Today’s Show 9-12-18

On our show today we had Dr. Jill Stein with the Green Party, and Matt Jaworski with the Labor Citizen. While on the show, Dr. Jill Stein spoke about our economy, the major problem of wages being stagnant while cost of living, higher education, healthcare and many other things are becoming more expensive and unaffordable, union representation going down, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Green Uprising, and ranked choice voting. Our second guest Matt Jaworski discusses Matt DeWine, Dennis Duffy and ACT Ohio, educating people and promoting the trades, the building trades rally that was in Euclid, the peaceful protests held at the groundbreaking, and monitoring prevailing wage on the upcoming project. We also talk about the percentage of U.S. workers who are living paycheck to paycheck, the percent of people who do not set aside savings each month, the percent of people classified poor or low income, anti-union movements, and recent union victories!