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 on the show we had Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, 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!
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 on the show we had Jim Cullen and Mary Jane Trapp. Our first guest Jim Cullen talked a lot about politics, more specifically, the Trump administration claiming executive privilege, the fight against Brett Kavanaugh, progressive populists, the Supreme Court and their right wing majority and how Democrats should combat it, economists royalists remaining, and new deal reforms. Our second guest was Mary Jane Trapp, who is currently running for Court Appeals Judge, talks about Ponzi schemes and how investors are not able to sue the independent brokers that they purchased the securities through unless they can prove collusion between the broker and the place conducting the scheme. She also discuses self-directed IRAs, Ohio Securities Act, and how you can be charged with a crime for possessing a weapon with a disability if you have a juvenile record. We also discuss a strike for the steel workers, benefit cuts by U.S. steel worker company, contract bargaining, and deck stacking. A little bit of a change from the recent topics of discussion on today’s show!
Today on the show we had Zach Schiller, Research Director with Policy Matters Ohio, and Mike Foley, 1st Director of the Department of Sustainability for Cuyahoga County. Our first guest on the show, Zach Schiller, talked about a hot issue, the pay ratio of CEOs and median workers. Zach discussed CEO pay and how it has changed dramatically over the years, how CEO pay is rapidly increasing while median employee pay is slowly increasing, retailers having the biggest pay differential, and big corporations and who is the biggest offender of the high CEO to median worker pay ratio. Our second guest, Mike Foley, talks about green energy, Brooklyn, Ohio and their landfill solar project and how they are allowed to put solar panels on top of landfills, powering county buildings, and how other energy distribution competitors are reacting to the success of this project. Also, we discuss certain wages being raised to be similar to union in hopes of driving unions out, labor launching a campaign to reject Brett Kavanaugh, and hotel workers in Chicago and joining Unite Here Local 1! We had some great discussion on the show today with all of these relevant topics!
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!
On today’s show we had Dan Doron from the Ohio Consumer Council and Tony Liberatore from 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 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 today’s show we have Lisa Graves with the Center for Media and Democracy, and Dave Megenhardt, Executive Director of the United Labor Agency (ULA). While on the show today, we had a lengthy conversation with Lisa Graves about her project, Documented Investigations, and the Koch’s 60 year anti-union efforts. She tells about the history of Fred Koch and how he worked with the Germans in the 30’s and the Russians after that, and how Charles and David took up after their father and followed in his footsteps. Our second guest was Dave Megenhardt with the ULA. During Dave’s time on the show, he talks about Playhouse Square’s upcoming play called “Sweat”, which talks about unions and jobs going overseas. Dave also mentions voter registration events and pledge cards being send out to remind people to exercise their rights to vote during the primaries. We also talked about Brett Kavanaugh and his labor record, North Carolina’s Congressional Districts, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee for a position, and workers talking about unionizing while at work. There is a lot of great content on today’s show!