Today on the show, we had long time guest Dorsey Hagar from the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council, and Pema Levy with the Mother Jones Website.
Our first guest, Dorsey Hagar, talks about his trip to the Alberta Building Trades Conference and presenting there. While at the conference, he speaks about community benefit agreements, pre-apprenticeship programs, and lowering unemployment rates. Hagar also talks about starting a program called a Building Trades Pilot Boot camp, doing a trial run next year, where they will expose middle schoolers going into the 9th grade to the trades. They will host a week long class from 8-3 where they will let the students learn about all of the trades and work hands on with them to show them that there are more options after high school than just a four year university. The last thing he talks about on the show is a minority contractor outreach event.
Our second guest on the show today was Pema Levy, and she talks about Rachel Mitchell questioning Dr. Ford in the Brett Kavanaugh case. She talks about Mitchell being blasted for casting a doubt on Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh and how people who have worked with Mitchell in the past are disappointed in how she went about this who entire thing. She was called disingenuous and inconsistent in her practices and was incredibly unprofessional by jumping to conclusions on the case.
We also discuss the fight for $15 and what it means for Amazon employees. By raising the wages to $15 an hour, it may seem like a win for the workers, however, employees who already earned $15 an hour saying they are losing more than they are gaining. Because of the wage increase, workers are missing out on monthly bonuses and a chance to own Amazon’s skyrocketing stock because of this raise. On top of that, employees already earning $15 an hour are only going to be receiving an extra $1 per hour, so they are losing more than they are gaining out of this. We also talk about Bernie Sanders telling McDonald’s to follow in Amazon’s footsteps and raise minimum wage to $15 an hour. Finally, we talk about airline workers organizing.
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Today on the show we had Michelle Tokarczyk and Tom Conway. Our first guest, Michelle, is an English professor at Goucher College, she is also a writing director at Goucher. Along with that, she is an author and a poet, with topics focusing on women and working class studies. While on the show, she discusses her writings and the inspiration behind them, recessions, working class decimation, teachers organizing, and textbook costs and university tuition. Our second guest on the show was Tom Conway from the United Steel Workers. Conway goes immediately into talking about how the steel workers are ready to go on strike, the steel industry’s success and how they are not giving anything to the workers, how some of the worker protections were taken away, deductible healthcare plans, and finally how they are hoping to solve their problems during contract renegotiation. Other things that we discussed today were the Brett Kavanaugh controversy, a labor podcast called “Women Rule”, and shared prosperity.
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!
On today’s show we had former United States Attorney, Steve Dettlebach, and Bernie Lunzer of The News Guild. Our first guest Steve Dettlebach talks about his career history from all the way back in law enforcement to being a Civil Rights Attorney and working at the Department of Justice. He talks about why he is running for Attorney General, corruption in politics, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) scandal, the opioid crisis and hate crimes. Our second guest Bernie Lunzer talks a good deal on President Trump and his war on the press. He talks about how President Trump declaring the press the enemy is making people fear going to do their jobs because of how people have been treating members of the press lately and how it is causing some people to step away from the profession. Also, we talk about the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations and what President Trump has to say about Canada’s involvement, tariffs, and exchange rates between the United States and Mexico in their trade deal.
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!
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!
On the show today we had Darold Johnson, Director of Legislation and Political Action, from the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT), 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!
On the broadcast today we had Curt Hess, Assistant to the Vice President of CWA District 4, and he talked about AT& T bargaining, the Right to Work defeat in Missouri, and the “Broken Promises Road Tour”! Also on the program was David Wondolowski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer for the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, and he talked about Right to Work Defeated in Missouri, the Ohio Governor’s Race, and Ohio’s District 12 Results!
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!
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!