Ohio Representative Tom Patton on America’s Workforce Radio

Tom Patton and BF Nagy were featured as guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

State Representative Tom Patton

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.

BF Nagy

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.

Today’s Show 10-04-18

On our show today, we had Kevin Corrigan, and Rich DeChant. Kevin is the business manager at a law firm called Kelley & Ferraro and Rich is part of Veterans Services at Tri-C.

Our first guest was Kevin Corrigan and he talks about asbestos related cancer. Kevin works for a law firm called Kelley & Ferraro and they deal with victims of asbestos related cancer, medical malpractice, workers compensation and wrongful deaths. Corrigan discusses how he and his partners travel with a mobile x-ray unit to union halls and do x-rays on workers who worked from 1979 and earlier for at least 5 years and find out if they have any asbestos related diseases and then are able to represent them if they would like if the tests come back positive. Corrigan has been doing these screenings since 2006 and his firm has been doing them since 2000! By having a mobile x-ray unit, they are able to travel to different union halls across the country and test their workers, which is incredibly convenient and timely.

Our second guest was Rich DeChant who works with Tri-C Veterans Initiative. He works in the veterans programs that are meant to help veterans get access to affordable education and workforce training programs, which allows them to transition successfully from military to civilian life. He also talks to hiring managers and discusses the benefits of hiring veterans and also how to fill in the gaps in their training. Another thing he talks about is a live show in Cleveland called Modern Warrior Live, which is meant to bridge the gap between veteran and civilian communities.

Along with all of this, we also talk about the Janus decision, the Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act in New Jersey, problems with opting out of union contracts, and a boilermaker lockout while fighting against an anti-union contract proposal. Today’s show was fantastic with a lot of cool information and great stories!

Today’s Show 9-25-18

Today’s show featured guests Tom Buffenbarger, former head of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and currently our independent labor voice, and Fred Yoder, a farmer from Plain City, Ohio. Our first guest on the show is a frequent guest, Tom Buffenbarger, who talks about the farm bills in Ohio, the Kavanaugh controversy, tariffs on crops, CEO pay compared to their employees, steelworkers struggling to bargain for their contracts, President Trump and his tax cuts, and going out and exercising your right to vote. Our second guest is a fourth generation farmer from just outside of Columbus named Fred Yoder. Yoder came onto the show today to talk about the farm bills in Ohio that get updated every five years, farmers getting hurt by these tariffs, crop insurance and cover crops, and the Federal Crop insurance where farmers and the government split the costs 50/50. We also discuss an uprising of women organizing, the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), League of Women Voters, and McDonald’s and their sexual harassment reports going unheard so the workers staged walkouts.

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 9-13-18

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 9-10-18

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’s Show 8-20-18

On the show today we had Tom Patton, State Representative from Ohio, and Tammy Wise with Fresh Water Cleveland. Tom Patton discussed payday lending, House Bill 123, the Fairness in Lending Act, and jobs that were gained in Ohio. Tammy Wise discussed Freshwater Cleveland their social media following, and six bold ideas that could be used to change Cleveland!

Today’s show 8-13-18

On the broadcast today we had Dan Doron, with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, and he talked about several topics including Consumer Payments to Subsidize Electric Utilities, Do Not Call List, Summer Crisis Program, and OCC Visits to Fairs! Also on the program was Terry O’Sullivan, General President of the Laborers International Union of North America(LIUNA), and he discussed the Missouri Victory on Prop A, the Infrastructure Proposal from Bill Shuster, the Pension Crisis, and Immigration Crack-down and it’s Effect on the Construction Industry!

Today’s show 8-8-18

On the program today we had Dr Jill Stein, 2 Time Green Party Presidential Candidate, and she talked about several topics including the Increasing number of Senior Citizens that are Filing for Bankruptcy, Right to Work, Janus Ruling, and Dems and Republicans joining hands for a War budget that is off the charts! Also on the broadcast was Tom Germuska Jr., Editor for The Labor Citizen, and he talked about a few of the stories being covered in the upcoming August Edition of The Labor Citizen!