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 9-13-18

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!

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!

Today’s Show 9-11-18

On the show today, we had Frank Matthews, 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 Matthews, 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!

Today’s Show 9-10-18

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’s Show 9-5-18

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!

Today’s Show 9-4-18

On today’s show, we had Tim Burga with the AFL-CIO, and Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and 25 year veteran of congressional trade battles. While our first guest, Tim Burga, was on the show, we talked a lot about politics with Trumka vs Trump, CoinGate scandal, tax payer money, ECOT scandal, Richard Cordray and Mike Dewine, Right-to-Work and prevailing wage, and the Senate race. Our second guest, the incredibly qualified Lori Wallach talks about the NAFTA renegotiation, effects of trade, outsourced jobs due to NAFTA, raising wages in Mexico, try to remove the incentives in NAFTA to outsource, pro-trade model cons, whether Canada will join in on the agreements, and finding out at the end of September whether or not the new negotiations will actually make a difference. We also talk more about Trump vs Trumka, no raises for federal workers, midterm elections, and the 42,000 documents that were released looking into Brett Kavanaugh.

Labor Day Show 9-3-18

Happy Labor day to all! On today’s show, we have guests Mark Gruenberg, editor for Press Associates Union News Service, and Sue McConnell with the Better Business Bureau. Our first guest on the show, Mark Gruenberg, talks about the race in Missouri on organized labor, progressive, pro-worker, women running in the primaries, Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s meetings with several labor leaders, Leo Gerard and his writings about President Trump, postal workers convention on privatizing the postal service, as well as postal banking and savings accounts and what happened to them. With her limited, yet informative time on the show today, Sue McConnell talked about three fraudulent job offers to be aware of, saving you some time, your money and possibly keeping your identity from being stolen stolen. Remember to always do careful research on job offers you find online before you send any personal information or money! More topics that we cover today are politics, the primaries, and some Labor Day History

We hope that you had a relaxing Labor Day!

Today’s Show 8-23-18

On today’s show we had Bill Samuel, director of government affairs with the AFL-CIO and Matt Rothschild, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. While on the show, Bill Samuel talked about NAFTA negotiations, the Supreme Court and Brett Kavanaugh and right-to-work. Matt Rothschild talks about the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, and Trump and the Road to Fascism!

Today’s Show 8-21-18

On the show today we had Darold Johnson, Director of Legislation and Political Action, from the Ohio Federation of Teachers, and Elyse Shaw, Senior Research Associate, from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Darold Johnson talks about the Summit Academy Charter School in Parma, fair wages, the teachers negotiating their first contract, Senate Bill 246 and intervention help for younger students. Elyse Shaw talks about the Union advantage for women, how policy affects men and women differently, wage gap issues, and how the Janus decision affects women in Unions. All of this and much more on today’s show!