Protecting Workers Rights Discussed on America’s Work Force

Bill Samuel, government affairs director of the AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on August 22 about refining workers protections in the new NAFTA.

AFL-CIOSamuel discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and how he would like to see more worker protections included in the final draft before Congress signs off on it. He also talked about how he wants to make sure that workers in all three countries are properly protected, not just the workers in the U.S. Samuel said that fundamental components, such as, the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act need to be included in the USMCA to make sure that all of the power is not taken from workers and they are still able to exercise their right to bargain for their contracts. Lastly, he discussed the Butch-Lewis Act and how in its current state, he does not believe it will make it through the house, but with some revisions, he sees it passing.

Cuyahoga County Public Defenders OfficeAWF next guest was David King, assistant public defender at the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office who discussed what can and cannot be expunged from a person’s record. After being convicted of a felony, it is difficult for a person to find a job again because of what they have on their record, but King works to expunge certain things from a person’s record in hopes to help get them a job again. He said that felonies in the first and second degree cannot be expunged, and neither can sex crimes or traffic tickets. He said that there is a full list of non-expungeable felonies located on their website or in their office.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Shell workers being used as political props at President Trump’s recent rally in Pennsylvania.



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.

America’s Work Force Discusses the Federal Prison System

Jaque Simon, policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees spoke with America’s Work Force on August 21 about the federal prison system.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesSimon first spoke about federal employee unions that are constantly under attack by President Trump and other members of his administration. Next, she talked about if employees of any company were to speak about groups of people the way that President Trump does, they would be fired, immediately. An example would be telling a person to “go back to the country that they came from.” Simon said if it is inappropriate for employees to speak to each other in that manner, why should our President be able to get away with speaking like that?

Simon then talked about the federal prison system and the problems that have been occurring, regarding violence against inmates. With the recent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, among other deaths of inmates, there has been an increase in pressure on prisons to improve their conditions and safety standards for their inmates. She said that prison owners are against unions because it makes firing “bad eggs” harder and in turn, makes it more difficult to improve the quality of their staff.

Ohio Representative Larry HouseholderOhio house speaker, Larry Householder, joined AWF to discuss Ohio House Bill 6 and the new Ohio gas tax. He said that H.B.6 is helping to keep the power plants in Ohio in commission, which will save people money on utilities and provide clean energy to Ohioans. Householder also said that the recently passed Ohio gas tax increase is a good thing because the money from the gas tax is going to improve Ohio’s infrastructure. Ohio has the 2nd largest amount of bridges and the 4th largest highway system in all of the United States, so the money from the gas tax will be put to good use, in order to improve and repair infrastructure. He also mentioned that by having the money to repair highways and bridges, more jobs will be created, boosting the economy.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the United Auto Workers voting on whether or not to authorize a strike in preparation for one of their contracts that will be ending soon.



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.

America’s Work Force Radio welcomes a new school year

Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers joined America’s Work Force on August 20 to discuss the beginning of another new school year.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperCropper first discussed the new bulletproof backpacks that have been released in the wake of recent school shootings, as a means for protection for today’s children. Also, she talked about how after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool in Florida, there has been attempts to put common sense gun legislation in place in Ohio to limit people’s access to high powered rifles. Cropper stressed how with a lot of gun legislation, the government is not trying to completely take away people’s rights to their firearms, just limit access to high capacity rifles and other extremely powerful guns.

On the topic of school shootings, Cropper talked about teachers who think they are being proactive by bringing a gun of their own into their classrooms to protect their class in case of emergency. Teachers wanting to protect their students is a great thought, however, in one instance, a teacher left their classroom, leaving one of the students to find the unlocked case where the gun was kept, picked it up and pointed it at another student. No one was harmed, but that situation could have turned out to be disastrous even though the teacher had good intentions of protecting their kids. Lastly, she talked about the Ohio budget for education and how some legislation that was put in place expanded the voucher program.

American ProsepectDavid Dayen, executive editor of the American Prospect joined the August 20 show to talk about President Trump’s fake trade war with China. He talked about how the President called China a currency manipulator and continues to battle with them over tariffs. Dayen said that the President continues delaying to give China a necessary response on how to end this feud over steel.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Shell workers just outside of Pittsburgh who were told they either had to attend President Trump’s rally, or take the day off with no pay, and how that was unfair to the workers.



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.

Anti-Union Business Owner Discussed on America’s Work Force

Kris LaGrange, host of UCOMM Live podcast joined America’s Work Force on August 19 to talk about an anti-union sports entertainment business owner.

Kris LaGrange UCOMM BlogLaGrange spoke about Dave Portnoy, head of Barstool Sports, a sports and pop culture blog and entertainment outlet who had recently made a slew of anti-union comments after a pro-labor lawyer contacted his writing staff about forming a Collective Bargaining Agreement. Portnoy responded to the news of his staff being contacted by saying he hopes they try to form a union so he can crush it and anyone who reaches back out to this lawyer will be fired from Barstool Sports. Portnoy’s anti-labor comments drew the attention of lawyers and government officials alike.

LaGrange also talked about a man who was aggressively beaten for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and how people who opposed President Trump should not condone or partake in this activity just because they have a different political view. Lastly, he talked about President Trump’s rhetoric and how it is inciting violence, even if he is not directly calling for it, people still interpret what he says as a means to act violently on certain groups of people.

State Representative Tom PattonOhio State Representative, Tom Patton (D-OH) spoke with AWF on August 19 about Ohio’s state budget, which was passed earlier in the month. He said that because of the state budget, income tax for those earning $20,000 or less a year were eliminated and income tax on others was reduced down to four percent. Patton also discussed the possibility of sports betting becoming legal in Ohio. Lastly, he talked about energy bills in Ohio and which type of power is most efficient for the taxes being paid on it.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the American Federation of Government Employees suing President Trump and the White House over freedom of speech.



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.

Medal of Honor Recipient Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Seavey, blogger with the American Legion Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on August 16 about the most recent Medal of Honor Recipient.

Mark Seavey American Legion MagazineSeavey first gave an overview of the September edition of the American Legion Magazine, discussing some stories that will be featured. One of the stories honors the most recent Medal of Honor Recipient, David Bellavia, who served during the War on Terror in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Bellavia earned the Medal of Honor by risking his life above and beyond his call of duty by rescuing his trapped platoon from a house that was under heavy fire from enemy insurgents. Staff Sergeant Bellavia’s great display of courage and selflessness helped save the lives of many members of his platoon.

Another story in the September edition of the American Legion covers a veteran,Sarah Lee, who after returning home from Iraq was suffering major PTSD and developed weight problems, in which she took up cycling to help cope with her problems. She developed such a love for biking that she went on a cross country trip all by herself, for herself and to honor her lost friends from the war.

Norm Wernett Alliance for Retired AmericansRichard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans joined AWF on August 16 to talk about prescription drugs. He discussed a policy being put into place to control the price of prescription drugs in order to make them more affordable for people who need them the most. Fiesta stressed how the United States needs to make them more affordable and compared U.S. drug prices to Canada. He said that in Canada, insulin is one tenth the cost that it is in the U.S. and something needs to be done to regulate other prescription drug prices.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about National Independent Worker Day.



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.

Paid Family Leave Discussed on America’s Work Force

Benjamin Ryan, contributing writer for The Nation spoke with America’s Work Force on August 15 to discuss the lack of paid leave in the United States.

The Nation MagazineRyan talked about paid family leave and how it is necessary in order to maintain the health of the baby, and the worker. He said that a lot of people who do not receive paid family leave, or enough of it, are less inclined to take time off to care for themselves and their baby, which has in turn been affecting their health. Ryan mentioned that some businesses do provide enough paid family leave, however, lower wage workers are not likely to be granted as much paid leave, if any. Lastly, he stated that there is some legislation being written to fight for enough family leave across all sectors of work so that families are able to properly support themselves while taking family leave.

Leonardo DiCosimo, president of the American Federation of Musicians Local 4 in Cleveland, Ohio spoke with AWF on August 15 about an upcoming Labor Day festival. He talked about the North Shore Cleveland AFL-CIO hosting a Labor Day party at James Day Park in Parma. DiCosimo also spoke about Cleveland’s vast amount of professional musicians and recent projects that they have been involved in.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about flight attendants paid sick days being taken away.



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.

Economic Rights Discussed on America’s Work Force

Cheri Honkala, founder of the Poor People’s Economic Rights Campaign spoke with America’s Work Force on August 14 about the campaign and what they are fighting for.

Poor People’s Economic Rights CampaignHonkala first spoke about UPS airport facility workers and the poor conditions they have been working in. Currently, they have been working in poor conditions such as extreme heat, while receiving low wages. Richard Hooker with Teamsters 623 joined Honkala during her segment and stating that workers at this UPS facility are unlikely to see any improvement in their wages, even when they become full-time workers. He said that it took some workers nearly four years to see wage increases.

Honkala also discussed the Poor People’s Economic Rights Campaign. She said that the organization is made up of people who are trying to advance basic human economic rights that specifically relate to housing, education and jobs. They fight for a living wage and to abolish poverty. Honkala stressed that people who are working should not be living below the poverty line and struggling for basic necessities such as food, water and housing. The campaign fights to push for a minimum wage increase to help working people afford a place to live.

The Labor CitizenMatt Jaworski, contributing writer for the Labor Citizen talked about what to expect in the upcoming edition. He discussed Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) and how the guidelines for the standard apprenticeship programs are being stripped. Lastly, Jaworski talked about Amazon opening up a new warehouse in Akron, Ohio and all of the construction jobs that will be created because of it.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the United States Department of Justice and how they are seeking to eliminate Federal Immigration judges from being allowed to unionize.



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.

For The People Act Discussed on America’s Work Force

Frank Mathews, Administrative Director for Communication Workers of America, District 4 in Chicago spoke with America’s Work Force on August 13 about the For The People Act.

Communication Workers of AmericaMathews began his time on AWF by explaining to listeners what the For The People Act is and why it helps protect people. He said that the act helps protect voting rights, keeps money in the appropriate places in politics, prevents redistricting, and keeps government officials accountable. Mathews then talked about the AT&T tax scam and how the company turned their backs on the employees. AT&T was supposed to create jobs with the profits they made after receiving a tax break, but instead of creating jobs, they cut thousands of them or offshored them. He also talked about corporate stock buybacks and how it is hurting employees and only helping CEOs.

Cleveland Building and Construction Trades CouncilDave Wondolowski, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council spoke to AWF on August 13 about the Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP). He said that the Department of Labor is using Standard Recognition Entities (SREs), yet Wondolowski doesn’t think SREs are the best method for deciding if an apprenticeship program is up to standard. He said that there is no requirement to pay progressive wages, no equal employment opportunities, no safety requirements, and more things that go against what makes a union apprenticeship program stand out above others.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the New Jersey AFL-CIO winning a fight for workers that helped put a law in place that will penalize employers who do not pay they workers their full wages or benefits.



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.

How to Keep Yourself Safe During Door-to-Door Sales Schemes Discussed on America’s Work Force

Andrew Tinkham, senior outreach and education program specialist at the Ohio Consumer Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force on August 12 about how to avoid being scammed during a door-to-door sales pitch.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronTinkham first provided updates on the recently passed Ohio House BIll 6. He said that First Energy Solutions needed the bailout because they went bankrupt after making bad business decisions and HB 6 would save them. Tinkham said that it would cost around $15 billion to deregulate the power plants with the new energy efficiency bill that was proposed. He then discussed how to not only handle door-to-door sales people, but how to avoid being scammed. He mentioned how not all door-to-door sales are scammers, but people are scammed frequently by them. Tinkham told listeners that if they do answer the door, ask about their company as well as a company identification card. You can use this card to call their company and verify who they are. It is critical to not offer any of your personal banking or social security information and do not get pressured into paying for something right there on the spot. Notice the red flags, and act accordingly to the situation at hand.

Finally, Tinkham discussed what to do in case of a power outage. He said the first thing to do if your power goes out is report it to your energy company. He stressed being patient and staying on the line with the company because they are likely dealing with more people who are in a similar situation.

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6Nichole McCarthy, recruiting coordinator with International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 spoke with AWF on August 12 about their apprenticeship program. She said that the program takes four years of on-the-job training with supplemental classroom instruction. McCarthy also talked about the benefits of an apprenticeship and that construction jobs are made for anyone who is willing to learn new skills.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the General Electric workers bargaining for a new contract after talks of a potential strike.



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.

More Affordable Drug Prices Discussed on America’s Work Force

Desiree Hoffman, international representative for the United Auto Workers, joined America’s Work Force on August 8 to talk about making prescription drug prices more affordable to Americans.

UAW United Auto WorkersHoffman talked about provisions that are at stake, involving pre-existing conditions. She said that Congress could make it so that pre-existing conditions are not covered when dealing with insurance companies. Hoffman said that this could hurt millions of Americans because they could no longer be covered and no longer have help paying for medication. Furthermore, she talked about the cheaper price of prescription drugs in Canada and how the United States should adopt their prices, and even their healthcare policy. Hoffman told an unfortunate story of a man who was diabetic and with the price of insulin in the U.S., he could no longer afford it so he purchased and used a cheaper substitute for insulin, which resulted in his death a few days later. Lastly, she talked about the United States- Mexico- Canada Trade Agreement, and why Protect the Right to Organize is so important.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerCaitlin Johnson, Director of Communications of Policy Matters Ohio joined AWF to talk about the increase in newspaper closures. She said that one big reason why newspapers are becoming less and less popular is because of the accessibility to news outlets via different forms of technology, such as our phones. People have all of the power to access any news source they want in the palm of their hands whenever they want, which unfortunately trumps newspapers, offering a limited amount of news to their audience. Johnson also talked about digital advertising versus print advertising.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc touched on Senator Sherrod Brown’s meeting with President Trump about implementing stricter gun control policies in the wake of the El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH mass shootings.



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.