Rehab Assistance Program Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dave Megenhardt, executive director of the United Labor Agency spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 4 about a rehab assistance program with his agency.

Dave Megenhardt United Labor AgencyMegenhardt discussed how the ULA helps those who are in rehab for an opiod addiction complete their treatment and get back into the workforce. He said that one of the most difficult things for people to do after they complete rehab is to get back on their feet and find a job so they can support themselves. The ULA provides people with the skills needed to meet qualifications for jobs and once establishing their stronger skills, finding a job that will best suite them. Megenhardt said the ULA will also help those who have completed their rehab stay sober and work with them to make sure they maintain their jobs.

In These Times MagazineJackson Potter with In These Times Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force about the school system in Chicago. He discussed the underfunding of their schools and how the conditions are not ideal for the students or teachers. Being a former educator in a Chicago school, Potter talked about how the teachers are fighting for better classroom conditions, resources and class sizes, among many other things, to ensure that the children are able to receive the best education they deserve.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Harvard graduate students in the student union being on strike until they can reach an agreement on a better contract with their school.



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19 Minutes to Live Discussed on America’s Work Force

Lew Jennings, author of 19 Minutes to Live – Helicopter Combat in Vietnam, spoke with America’s Work Force on Memorial Day, May 27, about his book and his time served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Lew Jennings 19 Minutes to Live

Jennings, who was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, spoke about his back story from being drafted, to the hundreds of missions he was a part of during the war. He said that as a young boy, his father had taught him how to fly and he had obtained his pilot’s license by the time that he was a teenager. After receiving his draft card, which Jennings described as the worst day of his life, he went to the Air Force to sign up, who had told him he needed four years of college to become a pilot, as did the Navy, and the Marine Corps. Finally, the Army told him he could be a pilot for them, but he had to be a helicopter pilot. Helicopter pilots were in high demand, according to Jennings, because their life expectancy was so short and they needed to keep up recruiting to meet the demand.

Jennings described a few of the hundreds of missions that he went on and spoke about the difficulties he faced during them. After a year of flying helicopters for the Army, he was able to get out of flying and was promoted. After 20 years in the service, Jennings retired as an Army Officer with countless amount of awards and accolades for his service.

Transportation Trades Department Larry Willis

Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department joined AWF on May 27 to discuss the need to rebuild infrastructure all around the United States. He mentioned the roadblocks in congress that are preventing proper funding for the badly needed infrastructure improvements or repairs. Willis constantly stressed the importance of investing into the country’s infrastructure and how it could end up saving people money every year if the quality of roads and bridges were better.



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Higher Education in America Discussed on America’s Work Force

Sherry Linkon, writer for Working Class Perspectives, joined America’s Work Force on May 24 to discuss higher education in America.

Sherry Linkon Working Class Perspectives

Linkon talked about the difficulty people have finding jobs who do not go to college. She said that there is a misconception in the United States that you cannot find a good job unless you go to college first. Now, we are finding that students are coming out of college with tons of debt, and not finding good jobs or jobs that could ease them of their debts easily. Linkon also talked about “just transitions”, which is a way to help people find jobs after their jobs have been removed.

United Steel Workers

Roy Houseman, associate legislative director for the United Steelworkers spoke about the renegotiation of NAFTA and what should be included in it. He said that there needs to be discussion about median wage raise, and really keeping an eye on CEO pay and keeping it regulated. Houseman also talked about data exclusivity, which is how long before generic drug companies can start using data for other drugs to use for their own sales.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the price on pharmaceutical drugs in the United States being more than ten times the price of the same drugs in Canada and how it is causing strain on U.S. citizens bank accounts.



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Protect the Right to Organize Act Discussed on America’s Work Force

Bill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO, spoke with America’s Work Force on May 23 about the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

AFL-CIO

Samuel spoke on the PRO Act and why it is necessary for worker protection. He said that the PRO Act protects the workers right to strike, binding arbitration to their first contract with their employers, and mainly fixes the misclassification of workers. Samuel said that fixing the misclassification of workers is one of the most important parts of this bill because it will help correctly classify workers as workers, rather than independent contractors, and allow them to receive proper wages, benefits, and protections that they are entitled to. He then went on to talk about Connecticut joining the fight for $15 minimum wage, and how by this fall they will be increasing their wages by 90 cents. Lastly, he spoke about the new NAFTA, United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and how there is pressure to strengthen portions of it protecting workers rights in Mexico, reducing wage suppression and union busting tactics.

Dan DeVerna

Financial advisor with Creative Financial Parners, Dan DeVerna, spoke with AWF on May 23 about long term care and health insurance. He discussed different forms of health insurance policies, such as the whole life insurance policy. DeVerna also mentioned affordable long term care policies to help people leave behind money for those who survived them rather than spending it all on additional care.

 

 

 

 



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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America’s Work Force Discusses Cheating Culture

Jeff Kreisler, author of Get Rich Cheating: The Crooked Path to Easy Street, spoke with America’s Work Force on May 15 to discuss people who try to cheat their way through life without worrying about repercussions.

Jeff Kreisler

Kreisler spoke about the college admissions scandal where wealthy individuals had paid extra money to admissions offices to ensure that their children would receive admittance into a university, even if there were more qualified candidates. He then talked about how even though it is illegal, people would think that it is “OK” because they are giving extra money to a university, so their needs should be met. Adding to that, Kreisler said that America has ethical rules, not an ethical culture. He explained that Americans will know something is wrong, but push the boundaries of laws and rules until they get caught, rather than knowing it is wrong and refraining from acting on their bad impulses.

AFGE American Federation of Government Employees

Ibidun Roberts, National Veterans Affairs Council Supervisory Attorney with the American Federation of Government Employees spoke to AWF on May 15 about the V.A. accountability act. She spoke about lawmakers trying to put legislation in place that would privatize the VA, and would also take away their ability to file grievances if anything were to go wrong. Roberts said that the accountability act would prevent retaliation and prevention for companies to attack workers, or punish them, for wanting to organize.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke to AWF about Delta Airlines and their anti-union messages, telling workers that they are better off purchasing new gaming consoles, going to sporting events, or other recreational activity rather than spending their money on union dues.



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AT&T Investigation Discussed on America’s Work Force

Frank Mathews, administrative director for Communication Workers of America District 4 spoke with America’s Work Force on May 14 to discuss problems involving AT&T breaking promises on creating more jobs.

Communication Workers of America

Mathews discussed AT&T asking for a tax break that they would create more jobs in return. After receiving a $21 billion tax break, AT&T eliminated 20,000 jobs, even offshoring certain call center jobs. Mathews said that AT&T claimed that they had created 3,000 jobs, but that was after eliminating over 20,000, so they are still down thousands of jobs. With the tax breaks, AT&T CEOs have been giving themselves bonuses, as well as other benefits. He then went on to talk about the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) act and how it will strengthen worker rights. A big problem right now is workers being misclassified, which is causing them to lose benefits, worse wages, and have less job security.

Ironworkers

Rich Jordan, business manager for the Ironworkers Local 17 spoke about apprenticeships and getting more people involved in the trades. He spoke about the benefits of an apprenticeship with Local 17, such as free training, earn-while-you-learn pay model, good benefits, and job security. Jordan said that currently, there are 250 apprentices in their program, but they are always trying to recruit more. Ironworkers Local 17 accepts apprenticeship applications in their office every Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump imposing more tariffs on items such as batteries, spinach, and coffee.



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Infrastructure Improvements Discussed on America’s Work Force

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), spoke with America’s Work Force on May 13 about infrastructure improvements across the United States.

O’Sullivan spoke about a recent highway bill, passed in 2015, that put $305 billion towards infrastructure improvements and repairs over five years, and how it was not nearly enough money. After President Trump and congress labeled infrastructure improvements a top priority, O’Sullivan would still like to see more action by the president to prove these claims, such as allocating more money for infrastructure. He then addressed re-authorizing the highway bill in 2020 to keep pushing to improve the status of America’s failing infrastructure. O’Sullivan also talked about the need to address climate change and realistic and efficient forms of renewable energy.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan Doron

Dan Doron, public affairs director with the Ohio Consumers Counsel spoke about First Energy Solutions asking for a bailout or they will be forced to shut down their power plants. If they have to shut down their plants, they claim that it will cost people more money because it will be expensive to have to transition to a different source of power, when in fact in the long run, it would be cheaper for the taxpayer. Doron also talks about utility line warranties and how some utility companies base warranties off of current condition of power lines in the neighborhood, how often they go down, and the environment surrounding the lines. He said that consumers need to do their research before selecting a warranty plan because some warranties do not cover pre-existing issues in the neighborhood.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the tariffs on aluminum and steel in the United States and how President Trump is saying that they are advantageous for the U.S.



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Upcoming Work Opportunities in Columbus Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, executive secretary for the Columbus and Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on May 3 about an increase in job opportunities in Columbus, Ohio.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council

Hager began his time on AWF by talking about the National Building Trades Legislative Conference that he attended last month. Hager discussed the speakers that he was drawn to during the conference. He then discussed infrastructure improvements in the Columbus area, which would create a large amount of job opportunities and get people back to work. Hager mentioned the gas tax increase and how some people are upset about. On the bright side, it will be useful towards infrastructure repairs and improvements around the city. Hager then talked about a $23 million recreation center in Columbus that will be union built and will be a huge opportunity to put even more people in the area back to work.

Tim Murphy Mother Jones

Russ Choma, writer for Mother Jones Magazine spoke with AWF on May 3 about President Trump’s problems with Deutsche Bank. He said that democrats subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for the President’s tax returns, but then President Trump and all of his family members sued Deutsche, putting the bank in a tough situation. Choma said that the President suing the bank so they cannot release his tax returns is because if his tax returns get out, he will be audited. He then discussed the President’s golf habits and how large of an expense he is racking up with the amount of security and protection he needs to travel to these golf courses.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the International Association of Firefighters giving their support to democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.



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Increasing Teacher’s Salary was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association spoke with America’s Work Force on April 30 about increasing teacher’s wages to adjust to inflation.

National Education Association

Garcia first spoke about teacher salaries throughout the United States and how it has not been keeping up with the rate of inflation. She said that the average teacher salary is down four percent in the past decade after accounting in the inflation rate. Because of this, a large amount of teachers have been forced to find a second or, in some causes, third job in order to make ends meet. Furthermore, the profession is having a hard time attracting people into it and having a harder time retaining teachers. Garcia also talked about the problems with charter schools and how they are drastically affecting funding for public schools.

America's Workforce Radio Ed "Flash" Ferenc

America’s Work Force host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Workers Memorial Day which honors all those who lost their lives on the job, and when OSHA became a law. Ferenc then talked about President Trump’s OSHA board is rolling back standards, putting workers at risk while on the job.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

Legalization of Marijuana was a Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

On April 29, Steven Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project spoke with America’s Work Force to discuss the possible legalization of medical marijuana and benefits that would come with it.

Marijuana Policy Project

Hawkins began by talking about how he believes that many Democratic presidential candidates will be using the legalization of medical marijuana as one of their main talking points during their campaigns since there has been an increase in people who back the idea of legalization. Also, the possibility of criminal justice reform may go along with the legalization of marijuana and to have sentence reductions for those who have been imprisoned for possession and then offer re-entry programs to help them get their lives back on track. Hawkins talked about the benefits of medical marijuana and how it helps with a lot of the same things that opioids are used for, but without getting addicted, or succumb to addiction to other forms of painkillers. Furthermore, Hawkins talked about the benefits of legalization, such as tax revenue to help repair infrastructure and other necessities around the city, and the creation of more jobs.

International Labor Rights

Charlotte Tate, campaign associate with International Labor Rights spoke with AWF on April 29 about forced labor in Uzbekistan. Tate talked about how Uzbekistan is one of the largest exporters of cotton in the world and how all Uzbekis, men, women and children, are forced to pick cotton, while receiving little to no compensation for it. Tate said that had anyone refused to pick cotton, they could be arrested, and charged with sabotage and potentially serve jail time. Not only are Uzbekis forced to pick cotton, or face incarceration, but they are required to prioritize it higher than their actual job. Tate also talked about companies refusal to do business with another company who does not respect human rights and promotes forced labor in order to combat what is going on in Uzbekistan.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the negative effects that Wall Street has on businesses and Joe Biden’s economist agenda.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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