Today’s Show 10-09-18

Our two guests on today’s show were Frank Matthews and Dave Wondolowski. Frank Matthews is the Administrative Director to the Vice President with the Communications Workers of America and Dave Wondolowski is the Executive Secretary for the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council.

Our first guest was Frank Matthews, and he talks about elections and voting, the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (new NAFTA), drug companies and drug prices, and airline workers most recent victory. Matthews discusses how today is the last day to register to vote in Ohio and to go make sure that you are registered to vote, and if you think you are registered, go double check; the best way to make your voice heard is to vote! When talking about the USMCA, Matthews says that the USMCA is doing nothing to help the working person and it is not preventing jobs from being off-shored or outsourced. Also, how it was going to work with drug companies to lower the drug prices, which never happened. To finish his time on the show, Matthews talks about a huge airline workers victory with getting an 8 hour rest time after flights. Little by little, day by day, the workers are gaining the rights they deserve.America's Workforce Radio

Our second guest is a frequent on the show, Dave Wodolowski. While on the show, Wondolowski also stresses the importance of registering and going out to vote, talks briefly on Kelley & Ferraro and the benefits of the work that they do, the ECOT scandal and how money is being lost and how unfair it is to the families, and smear campaigns in the commercials right now during the Cordray and Dewine debates. Wondolowski also talks about how early voting is beneficial because it gives you the time to sit down, read things over, make an educated vote, and be able to properly fill out the ballot. To finish his time on the show, Wondolowski talks about what the building trades will be up to from now until November 6th, and construction jobs in Ohio are looking strong for the 4th quarter and are expecting to remain strong for the next 24 months!

Other things that we discussed today were how far the Cordray and Dewine smear campaigns are going to go, the AFL-CIO being proactive and distributing informative leaflets, how important voting and registering to vote is, and teacher’s activism going on around the country right now!

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 9-12-18

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 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 8-27-18

On today’s broadcast we have author of China RX, editor of JAMA Internal Medicine, and journalist with Journal of the American Medical Association Rosemary Gibson, and the Secretary-Treasurer at the Transportation Trades Department AFL-CIO, Greg Regan. Our first guest, Rosemary Gibson, talks about contaminated medicine from China, production of medicine in China, US losing jobs because of drug manufacturing in China, regulations and recalls, and proposed tariffs on chemical building blocks for medicines. Our second guest, Greg Regan, talks about extreme heat and cold on air crafts, workplace safety for flight attendants and flight crews, hurricane season and its impact people’s opinions of the Jones Act. Along with this, we talk about the largest, single day protest and Judge K. Brown Jackson striking down key provisions of a set of executive orders making it easier to fire employees and weaken their representation!

Today’s Show 8-24-18

On today’s broadcast we had Sherry Linkon, English professor at Georgetown University, with Working-Class Perspective, and David McCall, director of United Steel Workers (USW) District 1. While on the show, Sherry Linkon talked about the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) scandal, problems with charter schools, college student resources, and support of working class students at universities. Our second guest David McCall talked about steel work in Pittsburgh, their negotiations that started in July, United States and China tariffs and why they are imposed, and productivity of steel workers. Listen to these topics of discussion and more below!

Today’s show 8-10-18

On the broadcast today we had Jim Cullen, Editor of the Progressive Populist, and he talked about Trump’s visit with Putin and Robert Mueller closing in on Trump’s family. Also on the program was Attorney, Mary Jane Trapp, and she talked about several cases in the Ohio Supreme Court!

Today’s show 8-9-18

On the broadcast today we had Amy Hanauer, Executive Director for Policy Matters Ohio, and she talked about the upcoming State of Working Ohio Report! Also on the program was Josh Nassar, Legislative Director for the United Auto Workers Union(UAW), and he talked about several topics including The Supreme Court, Fuel Economy, Income Equality, and Trade!

Today’s show 8-6-18

On the program today we had 3 guests!!! Our first guest was Mark Gruenberg, Editor for Press Associates Union News Service, and he talked about several topics including the Job Numbers, SCOTUS, Tariffs, and Right to Work in Missouri! Our second guest was Richard Cordray, Candidate for Governor of Ohio, and he talked about Work Force Development Plans, Infrastructure, and Healthcare! Our third guest was Sue McConnell, President of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau, and she talked about some Scams to be aware of including Rogue Movers, Fake IRS scams, and Pet Leasing!