America’s Work Force Looks Into FirstEnergy Solutions Bankruptcy Plan

The bankruptcy plan brought forth by FirstEnergy Solutions was recently rejected by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Alan Koschik,who ruled the plan was “patently unconfirmable.”

FirstEnergy Solutions is filing for bankruptcy in a restructuring plan, which if approved, would officially separate the subsidiary from FirstEnergy Corp., the energy distributor.

Ohio Consumers Counsel Public Affairs Director Dan Doron joined America’s Work Force on April 8 and discussed the FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy plan.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronAccording to Doron, the FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy plan would allow FES to avoid paying cleanup and decommissioning costs for their two nuclear and coal powered plants, which are scheduled to be shut down in the next few years. Their plan would push the remediation costs on to taxpayers. The FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy plan was rejected by a federal bankruptcy judge who ultimately said the plan abused the bankruptcy system.

While on the topic of utilities, Doron also brought attention to door-to-door scam, where scammers act as utility provider representatives and provided information on what to do if you have fallen victim to one of these scams.

CAP Center for American ProgressNicole Svajlenka, Senior Policy Analyst with the Center for American Progress, spoke to AWF about illegal aliens in the United States. She advocated on behalf of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), arguing Congress needs to extended protections for the “dreamers.” Last year, President Trump made an offer to Democrats to extended protection for the “dreamers,” but Democrats under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer turned down the offer, as they did not want to compromise with the president. Svajlenka also discussed the American Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc also talked about job growth in the service sector.



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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America’s Work Force Tackles The Need To Repair Ohio’s Infrastructure

America’s Work Force tackled the issue of repairing Ohio’s crumbling infrastructure.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn April 5, Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, discussed the situation facing Ohio’s legislators, who recently agreed to raise the state’s gas tax in order to fund infrastructure repair.

Hager talked about the gas tax and how it will assist in funding infrastructure repairs throughout Ohio. He said many bridges in Columbus and central ohio were rated fair, but are badly in need of repairs. Unfortunately, the money is currently not there to repair and maintain them. Hager also discussed the need to bring more people into the building trades and how great career opportunities can provide people a path to living a middle class life.

Cleveland SceneSam Allard, writer for Cleveland Scene magazine, spoke with AWF about the recent layoffs at the Plain Dealer. In a classic union-busting move, 14 Plain Dealer writers, who were part of the News Guild, were laid off because the newspaper wanted to downsize and outsource a part of their operations. Allard said a few members who had been working for the Plain Dealer volunteered to be laid off in order to preserve the jobs of their coworkers, but there were not enough volunteers to save all those individuals who were laid off.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who announced his intention to run for President in the upcoming 2020 election.



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.

Consumer Protections Discussed on America’s Work Force

On April 4, former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann spoke to America’s Work Force about protecting consumers and holding banks accountable.

Marc DannMarc Dann, who now works at the Dann Law Firm in Cleveland, talked about his law firm fighting for consumer protection and privacy. Some of the cases that his firm takes on are cases involving banks sequencing a consumer’s checks, anticipating them to bounce, and then the bank collects the bounced check fee. Dann talked about how banks are not the only companies taking advantage of consumers and how event government agencies, such as the DMV, prey on consumers. He said that DMVs have a fee to laminate drivers licenses when they print them, but will charge the fee whether the service is completed or not, costing consumers $1.50. Dann stated that might not seem like a lot of money to one person, but when it happens to millions of people, it adds up.

Senator Sherrod BrownSenator Sherrod Brown spoke to AWF on April 4 about getting people into the trades and protecting workers. He discussed the work opportunities, tax credits, and jobs act which helps workers get ahead and receive proper pay and benefits for the hard work that they are putting in. Lastly, Senator Brown talked about the Great Lakes restoration initiatives.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about two female Disney employees filing a complaint with the company over wage discrimination and filed a suit to reimburse them with wage and benefits compensation that they felt like they had been deprived of.



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.

University of Illinois at Chicago Strike Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On April 3, Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, contributing writer with In These Times Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force about an on-going strike at University of Illinois.

In These Times MagazineSteinkopf-Frank talked about the teaching assistants and graduate assistants at the University of Illinois who are on strike for a 24 percent salary hike over the next three years, among other benefits. She said since the strike began, there has been no progress made at the negotiation table but the teaching assistants and graduate assistants are not giving up. Teachers have been standing by their students and joined them on the pickett line and have been marching with them. Steinkopf-Frank also spoke about Lori Lightfoot, the first African-American woman to be elected mayor of Chicago.

AllsupMary Dale Walters, vice president of consumer sales and marketing for Allsup, talked to America’s Work Force about business hiring individuals with disabilities and the benefits that come with it. She also discussed the Secure Work Coalition, which aims to help beneficiaries of disability programs return to work. Lastly, Walters spoke about the 4,725 disabled workers who found employment opportunities in Ohio in 2018.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about equal pay day, held on April 2, as well as the paycheck fairness 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.

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.

Keeping Jobs in America Discussed on America’s Work Force

On April 2, Tim Burga, president of the Ohio AFL-CIO joined America’s Work Force to discuss the newly proposed budget in Ohio.

AFL-CIOBurga spoke about Governor Mike DeWine and his proposed gas tax and the purpose behind it. DeWine proposed an 18 cent gas tax increase so that Ohio could use the money to rebuild and improve state infrastructure. The Ohio House countered DeWine’s gas tax increase proposal by saying they will accept the gas tax be increased by 10.7 cents. Burga said that the good part about the gas tax increase is that it will be used to build or improve infrastructure, creating jobs for Ohio workers. Lastly, Burga talked about workers gaining more power by working collectively for change.

Alliance for American ManufacturingScott Paul, executive director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing spoke with America’s Work Force about keeping jobs in America. He talked about Chinese state-owned companies that are going around and underbidding companies in the United States by millions and performing shoddy work, costing the state more in the long-run to continue to use their business. He said, at first, using the lower bidding companies saves money, but costing more and more to maintain and improve as the years go on because of the poor quality of work that was done. Paul also talked about the new NAFTA, United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how he would like to see it include more protections for workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the 14 employees from the Plain Dealer who were laid off on April 1. In an obvious union busting move, 14 members of the News Guild lost their jobs at the Plain Dealer due to “downsizing”.



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.

America’s Work Force Covers Potential Presidential Candidates for the 2020 Election

On April 1, Mark Gruenberg writer with Press Associates Inc., discussed the potential 2020 presidential candidates.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsGruenberg spoke about the list of potential candidates for the upcoming 2020 presidential election. He discussed Joe Biden being incredibly high up on the polls for not even having announced his candidacy yet. Gruenberg then went on and discussed Michelle Obama’s book tour and how she has not been using union laborers to set up her stage production. He said that this is a big problem because of her husband, Barack, positive stance on unions and union workers. Gruenberg also talked about labor law reform along with equal work for equal pay laws being put into place.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, president of the Better Business Bureau, spoke with America’s Work Force on April 1 about new scams that people have been falling into. One of the scams regards bitcoin where a scammer would pose as someone from the IRS or a utility company and tell you that you have to make a payment as soon as possible or you will suffer a consequence. The scammer then sends the victim a QR code that they scan at a bitcoin kiosk linked to the scammer’s account and wire money to the scammer in order to prevent whatever the fraudulent consequence was. A second scam that McConnell discussed was a kidnapping scam where a scammer would call a victim and tell them that their loved one has been kidnapped and they will let them go if they pay off their ransom.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke today about workers in Illinois fired for going on strike that was legal under the National Labor Relations Board and have now filed a complaint against their former company.



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.

Workplace Safety Issues Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 29, Jonathan Karmel, author of the book Dying to Work: Death and Injury in the American Workplace spoke with America’s Work Force about workplace injury and death.

Dying to Work Jonathan KarmelKarmel, who is also a lawyer who represents labor unions in the midwest, discussed many injuries occurring on-the-job because of lack of proper training. He said that when workers are not properly trained, they become a danger to themselves and their co-workers around them. Karmel stressed that many workplace incidents are preventable and if workers were provided with proper training, they could be avoided, completely. He then explained the difference between an accident and an incident. An accident is something that could not have been foreseen and an incident is something that could have been preventable. Using these definitions, Karmel said that most injuries and deaths that happen on-the-job are incidents due to lack of training.

Jacob Durtisky, vice president of Team NEO, spoke with America’s Work Force on March 29 about the future of manufacturing in Northeast Ohio. He said that within the next decade, there will be thousands of jobs in need of replacement due to an old workforce getting ready to retire. Duritsky then discussed the need for new workers to be experienced in IT skills on the manufacturing floor to account for the new technology being developed and implemented into the industry.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed a worker victory at McDonald’s for the Fight for $15. McDonald’s, the world’s second largest employer, will no longer be lobbying against a pay hike at local or federal levels.



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.

Looking Back on American Strikes on America’s Work Force

On March 28, Rich Yeselson, writer for the Nation Magazine, joined America’s Work Force to discuss his new article that focuses on American strikes.

Yeselson spoke about his newly published article on the Nation Magazine’s website called An Injury to All: The Past and Future of the American Strike. This article reviews important strikes in American history and the outcomes and lasting effects that they had in the workforce. Yeselson also talked about the lockout of 1,700 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) at the Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation (RAC) in Ravenswood, West Virginia among other shady business deals involving Marc Rich, controller of the RAC. Lastly, he talked about how to strengthen the labor movement.

Dan DeVernaFinancial planner Dan DeVerna spoke with AWF on March 28 about shifting more responsibility onto people when dealing with their pension plans. He talked about workers deferring more and more of the weekly pay into their retirement plans and how age is a factor in how much you are allowed to put into it. DeVerna also discussed what would happen to the money a person had saved up after they die and who it would all go to.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about remembering those who lost their lives during the Triangle ShirtWaist Fire.



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.

Amazon Deal Falling Through in Cleveland Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On March 27, Mark Naymik with the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com spoke with America’s Work Force about the Amazon deal that almost happened in Cleveland.

Mark NaymikNaymik discussed the Amazon deal that almost came to fruition in Cleveland. While Amazon was searching for a location for their headquarters HQ2, Cleveland offered the company $800 million and 50 percent income wage credit on their payroll while also having a prime location downtown. In return, Cleveland would have gained 40,000 jobs. He also discussed the ongoing Ken Johnson scandal and how he continues to request his max monthly reimbursement of $1,200 without properly stating exactly why he needs reimbursement. Naymik said Johnson needs to be audited so that the city can see that Johnson is lying about needing reimbursement and how he is abusing the system.

Ken Hall, secretary treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and president of Teamsters Local 175 in West Virginia spoke with America’s Work Force about So-Called “Right to Work.” Recently, West Virginia defeated So-Called “Right to Work and Hall talked about what a major victory it was for working people. Hall said that even when So-Called “Right to Work” was allowed in West Virginia, companies still didn’t bring business there. He said, if anything, only more union jobs were created during the time. Lastly, he talked about how So-Called “Right to Work” does nothing to promote jobs and how it really is “Right to Work” for less.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about yesterday, March 26, being the National Day of Action, pushing to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.



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.

Union Buster Applying for a Major Position at Boeing Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 26, Tom Buffenbarger, former president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers joined America’s Work Force to talk about a known anti-union governor applying for a board spot with Boeing aircraft manufacturing company.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersBuffenbarger talked about Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina, applying for a board of director position with Boeing aircraft manufacturing company. He said that this is such a big deal because Haley has a known anti-union bias and he does not believe this is good for Boeing. Buffenbarger said that Boeing employees need to have the freedom to organize but with Haley holding a major position, she is going to make it incredibly tough. He then went on to talk about Boeing needing to increase the quality of their designs to ensure that their products meet the required safety standards to be deemed flyable.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission spoke to AWF on March 26 about improvements in technology to help veterans. He said that the CCVSC created a mobile phone application for veterans that allows them to have access to VA benefits on their phones. The app helps inform what types of benefits they could receive, the services offered, and more. Reiss said that app users have the option of turning on push notifications so that the app could send real-time updates when there are changes in benefits or services.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Uber and Lyft drivers from the west coast who went on strike over a pay dock. He said that right now, the rideshare drivers are just earning enough to fill their gas tank up to continue doing their job.



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.