Cleveland.com Writer Discusses Ken Johnson Scandal on America’s Work Force Radio

Mark Naymik, who writes for Cleveland.com and the Plain Dealer, discussed the ongoing scandal surrounding Cleveland Ward 4 City Councilman Ken Johnson on America’s Work Force Radio.

Mark NaymikOn Nov. 28, Naymik provided an update on the issues involving Johnson, who among other things, has been reimbursed $1,200 every month for the past 11 years for “ward services.” The FBI’s public corruption squad is currently investigating Johnson and the Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corp. that Johnson has for years supported with tax dollars. The Johnson scandal prompted Cleveland residents to bring about a charter change to reduce the amount of members on Cleveland’s City Council from 17 down to nine. This proposed charter change would also reduce council’s pay from $80,133 a year to $58,000.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Tyler LongpineTyler Longpine, Political Director of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, also appeared on the show and discussed his thoughts about the lame duck session of Congress and multi-employer pension funds. He talked about upcoming issues that the next Congress will have to address in January, such as infrastructure.

 

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc provided his thoughts on the General Motors layoffs and President Trump’s response to the news of the shutdowns.


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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University of Vermont Professor Discusses Welfare Reform on America’s Work Force Radio

Author and professor, Dr. Felicia Kornbluh explained her thoughts on Welfare reform on the Nov. 27 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

Felicia KornbluhKornbluh, who teaches at the University of Vermont, discussed her book Ensuring Poverty: Welfare Reform in Feminist Perspective. She provided an overview of welfare reform in the U.S. over the years and talked about the perceived problems people have with the U.S. welfare system, such as the requirements needed to receive it. Kornbluh spoke about ways to improve the system, which could help welfare recipients, who struggle to make ends meet despite the help.

Launch Progress PAC Arielle SwernoffArielle Swernoff, from Launch Progress Pac, also joined America’s Work Force Radio to talk about the group’s progressive agenda and how to implement it. She said change begins at the local level. Swernoff felt the result of the 2018 midterm elections was a step toward a more progressive country.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed news General Motors will layoff over 15,000 employees and what it means for the auto industry.


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


Veteran Healthcare a hot topic on America’s Work Force Radio

Author and contributing writer to the American Legion Suzanne Gordon talked veteran health care on the Nov. 23 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

Suzanne Gordon Wounds of WarGordon discussed the origins and evolution of veteran healthcare. Initially, healthcare services were provided to all veterans with service-related injuries, but changes to services opened healthcare to veterans who were honorably discharged and have low income or have a disability from their service. She warned against privatizing the Veteran’s Administration and the effects it would have on the workers and the veterans.

 

Leo Gerard United Steel WorkersUnited Steelworkers President Leo Gerard joined America’s Work Force Radio and discussed the USW contract renegotiations, on which his members will soon vote. As a result of the negotiations, members will receive wage increases, but not have to pay for an increase in the health insurance premiums. Gerard spoke about tariffs and trade problems between the U.S. and China, and the midterm election results.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Suzanne Gordon’s book Wounds of War, and her article that she co-wrote, A System worth Saving.


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


Head of AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department Talks Infrastructure on America’s Work Force Radio

Transportation Trades Department President, Larry Willis, was a featured guest on the Nov. 26 episode of America’s Work Force Radio to talk about the need for infrastructure improvement.

Transportation Trades Department AFL-CIOWillis discussed the benefits of investing in infrastructure and the results of the 2018 midterm election. He said working men and women will benefit from Democrats retaking the House of Representatives. An investment in infrastructure, such roads and bridges, will lead to the creation of more jobs and lead to transportation options.

Dan Troy Lake County CommissionerOutgoing Lake County (Ohio) Commissioner Dan Troy also appeared on AWF to talk about the results of the midterms. Troy as disappointment in some of the results, including issues involving working families. He discussed the Fix Our Roads program and how FOR is helping to improve Ohio’s infrastructure.

 

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the debate between entering into an apprenticeship or attending college. He also talked about the need to strengthen social security and the record amount of women recently elected to Congress.


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


Freelance Writer Remembers Nikki Delamotte on America’s Work Force Radio

Cleveland-based freelance writer Annie Zaleski joined America’s Work Force Radio to remember her late friend and colleague, Nikki Delamotte, who was killed in November.

Annie ZaleskiOn Nov. 22, Zaleski said she felt humbled to have worked with Delamotte on several articles and praised her work. Zaleski described Delamotte as a Cleveland Treasure and hopes people will remember Delamotte as a hardworking, fact-finding writer, who always wrote interesting articles.

 

Bill Samuel Director of Government Affairs AFLCIOBill Samuel, AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs, appeared on America’s Work Force Radio and discussed the upcoming lame duck session of Congress, the Affordable Care Act, social security and tax cuts. He believes Democrats, who reclaimed the majority in the House, will be in no mood to compromise on big issues.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc gives his condolences to the Delamotte family for the tragic loss of their daughter and beloved Cleveland journalist.


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


Social Security Issues Explained on America’s Work Force Radio

An American Federation of Government Employees member explains the ramifications of potential changes to social security on America’s Work Force Radio.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesAFGE Local 3571 Executive Amad Ali appeared on AWF on Nov. 21 and talked about the Social Security Administration’s plans to either privatize or eliminate the social insurance program. He said plans should be made to strengthen and protect social security, in order to ensure the money millions of hard working people invested into the system will be returned to them during their lifetime. With Democrats reclaiming the majority in the House, he hopes the progressives will focus on protecting workers’ rights to their pensions, social security and other benefits.

ULA Dave MegenhardtExecutive Director of the United Labor Agency Dave Megenhardt was also a guest on AWF and talked about expanding the ULA into another Ohio county in hopes of bringing more work to the area. Megenhardt said workers need to start take advantage of the new work opportunities in their area and stressed the importance of developing a highly trained and highly skilled workforce for those jobs.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discusses General Motors laying off non-union workers, and the order of immediate resumption of purging active voters.

 


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

Student Debt Crisis Explained on America’s Work Force Radio

America’s Work Force Radio took an indepth look at the country’s student debt crisis.

Danny Iny Learned Leverage

Danny Iny, author of Leveraged Learning and founder of the online company Mirasee, spoke about the alarming statistics showing student debt is on the rise nationally. Iny said the cost of attending a college or university is going up, while the value of college is going down. While student are graduating from a college or university, they are not equipped with the skills for jobs in their field of choice, leaving them with no income to pay off their student debt loan. Iny said the problem with higher education is colleges and universities are not providing students the skills needed to succeed in the real world.

OFT AFT

President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers Melissa Cropper appeared on AWF on Nov. 20 and discussed the results of the 2018 midterm elections. She said gerrymandering is a problem in Ohio. Cropper discussed the effort by former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take school funding out of the union’s constitution.

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc also discussed the California wildfires.

 


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


Laborers General President Terry O’Sullivan discusses Midterm Election Results on America’s Work Force Radio

The General President of Laborers’ International Union of North America, Terry O’Sullivan, talked about the results on the 2018 midterm election on America’s Work Force Radio.

LIUNA General President Terry O'SullivanO’Sullivan, the head of LIUNA, said Democrats, by virtue of regaining control of the House of Representatives, will have a larger voice on reforms and other legislation. He spoke about President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration, which he believes will lead to changes in the nation’s immigration laws.

Cleveland City Councilman Mike PolensekCleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek appeared on the Nov. 19 edition of AWF and discussed the need to elect people who will look out for the working class and protect Medicare, Medicaid and pensions. Elected officials, Polensek felt, must focus on bringing more jobs back to the U.S. from overseas. He talked about a proposal to reduce the size of Cleveland City Council from 17 down to nine members and the benefits associated with such change.

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed how the “Fight for $15” helps families. Ferenc also talked about the need to restoring voter and voting rights.


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


American Legion Magazine Writer Discusses Neglect in VA Assisted Living Homes on America’s Work Force Radio

Blogger from American Legion MagazineMark Seavey, discussed neglect in VA assisted living homes on the Nov. 16 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

American Legion Magazine Mark SeaveySeavey said neglect is occurring in VA homes all across the country, as many VA assisted living homes are receiving failing grades by the VA’s own ranking system for various reasons including, nurses sleeping on the job, providing less assistance than required and not repairing what he called atrocious living conditions. Seavey spoke about a rehabilitation program called Merging Vets and Players (MVP), where athletes help veterans cope with PTSD through various forms of workouts and talking about their problems.

Alliance for Retired Americans ARA Rich FiestaNorm Wernet, Ohio President of the Alliance for Retired Americans, spoke about midterm election results. He believed the outcome had the potential to affect social security and pension plans. Wernet talked about Medicare expansion and the need to strengthen social security benefits to ensure people can retire comfortably and with dignity.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed how gerrymandered legislative districts in Ohio affect elections. He also talked about rank choice voting and the benefits that come with it.


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown Talks Potential White House Candidacy in 2020 on America’s Work Force Radio

On the Nov. 15 edition of America’s Work Force Radio, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown talked about potentially running for the White House in 2020.

Senator Sherrod BrownBrown talked about his record of always looking out for workers and the dignity of working. He also told America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc that he will mull over a possible 2020 White House run over the holidays. The winner of the 2020 Democratic Party primary would likely face-off against current Republican President Donald Trump.

Chris Gelardi The Nation MagazineChris Gelardi, editorial intern at The Nation Magazine, discussed his article, “Jeff Sessions’s Legacy will be Catastrophic for Asylum Seekers”. He talked about a controversial case where Sessions made a decision to not grant asylum to a victim of abuse for more than a decade. In his decision, Sessions wrote, “…claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence…will not qualify for asylum.”

United Steel WorkersPatrick Gallagher, United Steelworkers Sub-District Director and North Coast Area Labor Federation President, gave his opinion on the results of the midterm elections. He believe said the midterms were not a total loss for workers. Gallagher talked about the new four-year contract the USW ratified with U.S. Steel.

Ferenc discussed the new Amazon H2 headquarters in New York and Virginia and high cost it will have on taxpayers.


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 LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.