On the show today, we had Frank Mathews, Administrative Director from Communication Workers of America (CWA) District 4, and Dave Wondolowski, Executive Secretary at the Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council (CBCTC). Our first guest, Frank Mathews, discusses the ongoing issue with AT&T withdrawing of service matrix and how they are offshoring jobs, the Federal Lifeline Program, the disappearing jobs during the Trump administration, and how the Trump Tax Bill is encouraging business to offshore their jobs. Our second guest, Dave Wondolowski talks about the importance of registering to vote, Richard Cordray, Ohio voting, hard times filling trades positions, Apprenticeship awareness, opportunities in the Building & Construction Trades, and bringing awareness about the trades back to high schools as a viable post-graduation opportunity for success. Along with all of this, we also talk about the Op-Ed written about President Trump, new NAFTA negotiations, regulations that prioritize workers, and promoting good U.S. manufacturing jobs and discouraging outsourcing!
On today’s show we had Dan Doron from the Ohio Consumer Council and Tony Liberatore from Laborers Local 860. Our first guest on the show, Dan Doron, spoke about First Energy Solutions and First Energy Corp., First Energy Solutions declaring bankruptcy and what to expect next, whether electricity prices will change when the new owner takes over, First Energy closing down their last coal-fired plant, elderly people getting scammed when searching for utility assistance, and AT&T withdrawing from the lifeline program to offer vital telephone services to elderly people. Our second guest on the show today was Tony Liberatore from Local 860. Tony talked about Local 860 showing up and protesting at a groundbreaking for Euclid’s lakefront trail, how he wants to meet with the mayor and discuss not exporting local jobs when they have the capability and man power to get such jobs done, encouraging people to unionize, and President Trump’s plan to pump up the infrastructure in our country. We also discuss the income gap, overtime pay, added jobs, and Spirit Airlines Customer Service finally organizing!
Today on the show we had Dorsey Hagar from the Columbus Building & Construction Trades Council and Julia Laurie from the Mother Jones Magazine. While on the show today, Dorsey Hagar talks about the special election in the 12th Congressional District in Central Ohio, the National Alliance for Fair Contracting conference that he had attended and his presentation, how he wants to reach to under privileged communities and inform them about working in the trades, how he wants teachers to start to promote joining the trades as a path to success instead of saying college is your only option, and an end of summer union party. Julia Laurie discusses the heavy topic of the opioid epidemic and drug abuse. She talks about the 72,000 drug overdose deaths from 2017, how there was a 10% raise in drug overdose related deaths, when we can expect it to start leveling out, and how easily, and unnecessarily accessible these types of drugs are to people. Along with this, we talk about seeing the trades being promoted in a magazine in Toronto and how other places should start advertising the same way and the opioid epidemic hitting hard in Cuyahoga County in Ohio.
Today on the show we had Darryll Bell and Steve Campisi, stewards and political coordinators of AFG 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!
On the broadcast today we had Mark Gruenberg, Editor of Press Associates Union News Service/Washington Window, and he talked about several topics including the JANUS decision and its effect, Trump’s Tariffs, Immigration, and the Poor People’s Campaign! Also on the program was Sue McConnell, President of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau, and she talked about Scams to look out for!