President Trump’s Distract and Divert Strategy Discussed on America’s Work Force

Jim Cullen, editor of the Progressive Populist spoke to America’s Work Force on August 9 about how the President diverts bad press against him to a different issue.

Progressive PopulistCullen discussed President Trump and his inability to appropriately react to any news or press that he does not like or feels is against him. He talked about how instead of addressing, or accepting when someone has something negative to say about him or his actions, President Trump redirects comments and criticisms and blames or attacks other people for unrelated issues. With the increase of major tragedies occurring in the United States and the press demanding action from the President, his deflect and distract method has become more and more used. Rather than taking reasonable action or answering questions about what to do to combat or solve these issues, the President blames someone else, or brings up a different issue to draw the negative attention away from him. Lastly, Cullen talked medicare, specifically protecting the American Care Act.

Justin MaddenJustin Madden, owner of Justin Madden Co., LPA, discussed the perspective on two different cases during his time on AWF. First, he spoke about breach of contract on faulty construction done by non-union workers. Madden discussed the Statute of Repose and how it could be used to protect a worker’s ability to take action against their employers. The second case that Madden discussed was about a sex offender who committed his crime as a juvenille, and whether or not his charge should be exponged from his record when he turns 18 and becomes an adult.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about a junior WalMart employee who started a petition to end the sale of firearms at their stores, and the upcoming one year anniversary of Missouri defeating So-Called “Right-to-Work” legislation by a two thirds vote.



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Passing of Ohio House Bill 6 Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tim Burga, president of the Ohio AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on August 6 about the passing of Ohio House Bill 6.

AFL-CIOBurga first spoke about the tragic mass shootings that occurred in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH over the last week. He said that the United States has a domestic terrorist problem and something needs to be done about it. Burga also mentioned that President Trump needs to be held accountable for the things that he says and how it might motivate people to commit these horrific actions. Later, Burga spoke about the passing of Ohio H.B. 6, more commonly known as the Nuclear Energy Bill and why he felt like the bill passing was positive. Burga stated that by preserving the power plants, 1,400 good paying union jobs were saved, and a source of clean energy in Ohio was saved. Burga then mentioned that companies in the oil and gas industry in Ohio have been putting money together to overturn the bill by means of referendum, but is hoping that does not happen.

CAP Center for American ProgressJesse Lee, Vice President of Communications at the Center for American Progress (CAP) joined AWF on August 6 to talk about President Trump and his broken promises. He talked about a running catalog that CAP keeps on the original promises that the President made during his campaign trail, categorized by state, and takes what he originally said and contrasts it with what he ended up actually doing. Some of these things included promises on healthcare, prescription drug prices and keeping jobs in the United States. Lastly, Lee spoke about the AT&T scandal where the corporation said that for every billion dollars in profit they made after receiving tax breaks, they would create 7,000 jobs, but ended up cutting 25,000 jobs and keeping all of their profits.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the Democrat debates, and wage theft occurring more often in the United States.



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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New NAFTA Discussion Continued on America’s Work Force

On Thursday, July 25, Bill Samuel, Government Affairs Director with the AFL-CIO spoke to America’s Work Force about what needs to be done before passing the new NAFTA.

AFL-CIOSamuel began his segment on AWF by talking about union strength and union density increasing. He then discussed the passing of the Butch-Lewis act and how it strengthens pension plans. Samuel also talked about the new NAFTA agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), and how he finds it flawed. He does not believe that the USMCA covers workers rights enough and wants to keep updating it before it is called to vote to pass. Samuel wants to see more worker protections, more bargaining rights, and more job security for all workers and does not feel that the USMCA encompasses all of those things just yet.

For Our Future OHDaniel Van Hoogstraten, communication director of For Our Future Ohio also spoke to America’s Work Force on Thursday, July 25. Van Hoogstraten talked about their organizations progressive values, such as economic prosperity for all and building stronger public schools. He also talked about broken promises and how the public needs to stay on top of their government officials and keep them accountable for their words and actions. He stresses that if public figures say they will try to make changes, people need to keep the pressure on them about it or they will never see changes in their communities.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the Protect the Right to Organize Act.



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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Thorough Background Checks Discussed on America’s Work Force

Gail Tate and Ebony Douglas, both from American Federation of Government Employees, AFGE, Local 3283, spoke with America’s Work Force about extensive background checks for people who want to work within the government.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesTate, retired steward and security coordinator, worked in Defense Finance & Accounting Service (DFAS) first spoke about her job with DFAS, which involved auditing navy ships, and the 700 active members of AFGE local 3283. Douglas, who works for the military pay department with DFAS, described what her job entails. After providing backgrounds on their jobs, Tate and Douglas spoke about the extensive background checks that are done on new hires and people who apply to work within the government. They said that while doing a background check, there is a list of 13 things to look out for, and they will go as far as checking for a person’s credit score to make sure they will be a responsible employee. Tate and Douglas said that to gain access to higher clearance areas, the person’s background check will need to be perfect.

Maritime Trades DepartmentDan Duncan, executive secretary-treasurer for the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO, spoke with AWF about the Jones Act and how its been helping create more jobs in the United States. He also discussed how President Trump was a supporter of the Jones Act, but was influenced heavily by his party members and ended up waving the act. Duncan said that members of congress need to keep an active voice on this act to ensure that it stays around because it is good for the American workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Congressman Tim Ryan and his support for all the United Auto Workers members.



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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Automotive Technician Program Discussed on America’s Work Force

On June 16, America’s Work Force Radio learned how Cuyahoga Community College Automotive plays a key role in training the next generation of General Motors automotive technicians.

Cuyahoga County Community CollegeTri-C Automotive Technician Program Director Kitty McCarthy came on AWF to discuss how GM pays for their apprentices to receive an automotive technician education. Called the General Motors Dealer Technician Apprenticeship, students learn the most up-to-date information in order to learn how to work as an automotive technician in the ever changing auto industry. The need for highly qualified technicians is increasing as vehicles are becoming increasingly complex, especially as manufacturers continue to push electric engines. In order to meet the demand for certified GM technicians at their dealerships, GM has stepped up to the plate. Once the technicians complete the GM Dealer Technicians Apprenticeship, they will be eligible for a job as an automotive technician with GM.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperOhio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined America’s Work Force Radio and talked about a failed loan forgiveness program for public service workers. According to Cropper, there is a loan forgiveness program that forgives student loan debt after 10 years of public sector service. Lately, loan officers are claiming people in the program, who were eligible for to have their loans forgiven, filled out their forms incorrectly and these companies are now unwilling to forgive the loans. Ultimately, these loan officers tell these individuals their loans were not forgiven and if they fill out their forms correctly this time, their loan will be forgiven in an additional 10 years.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the beginning of Mother Jones Magazine and the March of the Mill Children back in 1903.



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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Ohio House Bill 6 Recap Discussed on America’s Work Force

Andrew Tinkham, senior outreach and education specialist with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force on July 8 about Ohio House Bill 6.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronTinkham provided a recap on what Ohio House Bill 6 is and what he believes is good and bad about the bill. During his recap, he reminded listeners that it involved First Energy Solutions, who had filed for bankruptcy because of the poor business decisions that they had made and lobbied for consumer funded subsidies to help them back on their feet. Tinkham said that H.B. 6 turned into a bailout for First Energy Solutions because Ohioans, even if they don’t use First Energy Solutions, will pay to assist the power plants under this new bill. He discussed the good and bad parts of this bill, that affects consumers. Lastly, Tinkham talked about robocalls and how to avoid being scammed over the phone.

Tony Liberatore Laborers 860Tony Liberatore Jr., business manager of Laborers Local 860 spoke with AWF on July 8 to talk about construction on Ohio’s freeways during the summer. Drivers should proceed with caution, and move over in the furthest lane from construction zones in order to ensure the safety of not only yourself, but also the construction workers onsite. Finally, Liberatore talked about the newly implemented gas tax in Ohio and what the long term plan is.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about a rally in Austin, Texas demanding the camps along the United States and Mexico border be shut down due to inhumane living conditions.



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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Shortage of Physicians in the United States Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dr. William Pinksy and Dr. Beatriz Wells spoke with America’s Work Force on July 3 to discuss the shortage of physicians in North America and what could be a viable solution to the problem.

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical GraduatesDr. William Pinsky, president of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, also known as ECFMG, began his segment on America’s Work Force by talking about what the ECFMG does and how they work to help solve the physician shortage in the U.S. Dr. Pinsky said that his company brings in people who passed their medical exams in different countries, puts them through an extensive vetting process, and then have them take the U.S. medical exam and get certified in the U.S. One of the benefits of this instead of finding recent medical school graduates is that the people who are put through the vetting process already have experience in the field and will be ready to work once they receive their medical license in the states. Dr. Beatriz Wills from Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore spoke about the environment of the medical field and her field of study.

In These Times MagazineDr. Peter Cole, writer for In These Times Magazine and professor of history at Western Illinois University in Chicago talked about the formation of unions in California. He talked about the International Longshore and Warehouse Union formation and why maritime workers need different unions to represent their different voices and needs. Lastly, Dr. Cole spoke about how unions fought racism back in the early 1900’s in California.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the 121st month of the largest economic expansion in the United States and how one fifth of the United States most wealthy families hold 88 percent of all U.S. wealth.



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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The 75th Anniversary of D-Day was Recognized on America’s Work Force

Cathy Gorn, executive director of National History Day spoke with America’s Work Force on June 6 to remember the D-Day invasion in 1944.

National History Day NHD On the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Gorn remembers the brave soldiers who were part of the most significant event to help turn the tide in the Allies’ favor during World War II. Gorn believes that the younger generation is less aware of the events that happened on D-Day because of the rise in focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) study over history. Gorn also talked about students studying D-Day at the beaches of Normandy, and learning about the “silent heroes” who did not return home from that invasion.

Schwarzwald, McNair and Fusco LLPJim Porcaro, partner at Schwarzwald, McNair and Fusco LLP spoke with AWF about union-side lawyers and what they do to protect worker rights. He also discussed the most recent Supreme Court ruling with the Fair Labor Standards Act and employer status.

The Flying Tigers Same KleinerSam Kleiner, author of The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan, gave an overview about what his book was about. On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, he also gives homage to his grandfather who was a B-25 navigator during WWII.

 

 

 

 



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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Labor Law Protections Discussed on America’s Work Force

Senator Sherrod Brown joined America’s Work Force on June 5 to speak about labor laws being changed and who they will affect.

Senator Sherrod BrownSen. Brown spoke about labor laws being taken away and how they will directly hurt workers by taking away their whistleblower protections. He said that workers who were fired for filing claims against their companies regarding their rights will no longer be protected and that it completely strips away one of the most necessary protections that they are entitled to. Sen. Brown also talked about pharmaceutical prices and how they are still skyrocketing, crippling people financially who desperately need their medications. Lastly, he discussed manufacturing camps for children, where children are able to go visit certain manufacturing plants and find out what they are all about, how it is a viable career, the endless career possibilities that come with it and more.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the updates from the United Steelworkers. Leo Gerard, international president of the USW, announced his retirement in 2019 after 18 years as head of the union. Gerard will be succeeded by Tom Conway, international vice president of the USW. Ferenc said that over the course of his career, Gerard time and time again stood up and advocated for worker rights and social justice, among other great things. He also spoke about the American Medical Association speaking out against the single payer healthcare model.



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.

First Responders Receiving Bargaining Rights Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Gruenberg, editor of Press Associates Inc., union news, spoke to America’s Work Force on May 6 about giving first responders more bargaining power for themselves.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union News

Gruenberg first spoke about how the United States is facing its lowest level of unemployment since 1969 and how certain jobs, such as factory jobs, have been increasing. He then went and talked about medicare for all, and also how the Trump administration has been trying to tear down the Affordable Care Act. Gruenberg then discussed first responders and how they should have more bargaining rights to negotiate contracts for themselves. He said that given their typically dangerous job, they should have the ability to bargain to negotiate for better hours, wages, equipment, safety standards, and more. Lastly, Gruenberg talked about three veteran women organizers who put together a coalition to lobby to put women and family issues as a top priority for 2020 presidential candidates. Some issues they want to tackle include equal pay for equal work, paid maternal leave, and not separating families at the border.

Sue McConnell Better Business Bureau

Sue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau spoke with AWF on May 6 about employment scams. She discussed how scammers were taking advantage of people when Amazon was looking for a place to set up their HQ2 and scammers would take people’s applications and take their personal information and have them fall victim to identity theft. McConnell also talked about a Social Security Administration spoofer phone call claiming they would take away a person’s benefits, deactivate their number, or offer them better benefits if they provided their social security number.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the gerrymandering in Ohio districts and how it was found unconstitutional. He also discussed postal service mail carriers and Stamp Out Hunger food drive.



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.