In Depth Look at a Progressive Tax Reform on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 5, Dennis Bailey, Director of Communications with Americans for Tax Fairness discussed a progressive tax reform proposal.

Americans for Tax FairnessBailey spoke about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14th district) tax reform proposal that would essentially be a 70 percent marginal tax rate for an income of 10 million dollars and above. Bailey feels that the current tax system is rigged and unfair against the poor and is designed to help out the rich. Bailey believes that trickle-down economics is not helping anybody and is not creating new jobs like politicians claimed it would. He also mentioned how Trump’s GOP tax cuts are not helping the economy like he had said that they would.

AFL-CIOTim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO, discussed an increase in union membership in Ohio, compared to a slight decrease, nationwide, in 2018. He also said that teacher union membership is significantly growing compared to last year. Burga also believes the government shutdown will possibly resume on Feb. 15 and he feels that congress needs to find common ground on the border security issue that President Trump and Democrats have been butting heads over.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the pressure being placed on Amazon HQ2 in New York to allow workers 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. 

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Better Business Bureau Warns of Scams to be on the Lookout for on America’s Work Force.

President of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau, Sue McConnell, heeds warning for scams to lookout for during tax season and around Valentine’s Day.

Better Business BureauOn Feb. 4, McConnell discussed three different scams to be on the lookout for during the next couple months while she was on America’s Work Force. The first thing scandal McConnell wants listeners to be cautious about is how to avoid tax ID theft. Some of those tips included completing your returns as soon as you get them, be careful of fraudulent communications attempting to gain access to your accounts and protect your private data.

Better Business BureauMcConnell discussed harassment and soliciting from Liberty Power electrical company and how you should not give in to all their pressure tactics in getting you to sign up with them. Lastly, since it is the Valentine’s Day, how you can avoid romance scams that typically happen over the internet. McConnell says these scams happen when “catfisher” scammers offer attractive photos, engage you actively over chat, act like they are “falling in love with you” but will never meet up with you, and then ask for you to send them money to help them get themselves out of a fabricated financial discrepancy.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about labor writer, Mark Gruenberg’s latest articles regarding the 35-day partial government shutdown that affected nearly 800,000 workers, causing long-term damage to workers and agencies. He also spoke about the bipartisan issue of making prescription drugs more affordable.



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.

Dorsey Hager Explains the Benefits of Working in the Building Trades on America’s Work Force

Show regular and Executive Secretary of the Columbus and Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Dorsey Hager explains why people should begin a career in the building trades during his appearance on America’s Work Force.

Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn Feb. 1, Hager discussed an upcoming Columbus area construction trades fair, where affiliated members of the C/CO BCTC will provide students and other career fair attendees with hands-on demonstrations of certain trade-specific tasks and also explain why they should consider becoming an apprentice. He said many people do not fully understand the the benefits of joining an apprenticeship, such as a debt-free education, the earn while you learn training model, good wages and good jobs. Hager also talked about the Building Futures program, which is designed to teach members of the underserved Franklin County community about the trades and provide them with the resources to help them become apprentices.

Mother Jones MagazineKara Voght, a writer with Mother Jones Magazine, also joined America’s Work Force on Feb. 1 and spoke about Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who could potentially be the biggest threat to Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential bid. Voght said Brown is worker and union friendly. He travels to union halls and speaks to workers about their concerns for their unions and other workers. She also examined the presidential landscape and different candidates.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the dignity of work and how working women have rights to sue over wage discrimination.



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 Radio Examines Privatization of the U.S. Postal Service

America’s Work Force Radio examined the consequences of privatizing the U.S. Postal Service.

NALC National Association of Letter CarriersExecutive Vice President of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Brian Renfroe, joined AWF on Jan. 31 and discussed privatization of the postal service. Renfroe’s father worked as a letter carrier, and he proudly followed his father’s footsteps. The NALC has about 200,000 active members and around 80,000 retired members – all who would be affected by privatization. In addition to affecting postal carriers, privatization would negatively affect the general public. Currently, all U.S.P.S. patrons receive their mail for the same rates. If the U.S.P.S. was privatized, high density areas would be prioritized on mail delivery and suburban and other less dense areas will either receive their mail at a decreased rate.

Earth JusticeEarth Justice Vice President of Litigation Patrice Simms appeared on America’s Work Force Radio and spoke about environmental law protection. Earth Justice is a non-profit organization, which works to represent civic organizations, community groups, labor unions, and more, to fight for sustainable energy, clean air and various types of environmental protection. Simms highlighted 17 major cases his firm worked on, which resulted in significant decisions and 16 overall legal victories. He also discussed the Whitehouse’s Environmental Protection Agency rollbacks on smog control and pollution, which is drastically affecting people, especially those with asthma.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the proposed bill to make Election Day a paid federal holiday.



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 Radio Looks at Disabled Veterans Obtaining and Retaining Jobs

America’s Work Force Radio examined the challenges disabled veterans face when finding employment.

Disabled America VeteransDisabled American Veterans National Employment Director Jeff Hall, discussed why businesses should hire disabled veterans during his Jan. 30 AWF appearance. Hall said businesses need to focus on the positives a disabled veteran could bring to the workforce, rather than focus on the tasks disabled veteran is unable to perform. According to Hall, some of the positives a disabled vet can bring to a business is their resilience to adversity, and an incredible work ethic to accomplish daily tasks. Hall dispelled myths about hiring veterans with post traumatic stress disorder, called PTSD and explained how this condition can be managed. Lastly, he talked about career fairs for disabled veterans and resources available for them.

Allergy and Asthma Network

Tonya Winders, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allergy and Asthma Network, joined AWF and discussed. She explained how there is a wide spectrum of asthmas and how each of them are defined based on how much they affect people’s daily routines.

AstraZenecaDr. Frank Trudo, Vice President of U.S. Medical Affairs Respiratory at AstraZeneca, appeared with Winders and spoke about the different treatment for the different severities of asthma. He discussed e-asthma and how it causes inflammation in a person’s airways and lungs, which results in an increased level of breathing difficulty.

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the end of the government shutdown and what predicts what will happen to government workers during the next shutdown battle.



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.

The Rise and Demise of the Cleveland Press was Discussed on America’s Work Force

Looking back on the history of the press in Cleveland was a main topic of discussion during the Jan. 29 edition of America’s Work Force.

Michael D. RobertsCleveland journalist, Mike Roberts, detailed his career and the history of the Cleveland press during his appearance on AWF. Roberts first discussed how the press was everyone’s main source of reliable news and it began to fail with the expansion of the city. He said with Cleveland expanding, it became difficult for newspapers to be delivered, and the increase in news on television made competition incredibly fierce. Roberts discussed one of his biggest assignments he covered; the Vietnam War. He also covered the Kent State shooting in 1970, among other major event in Northeast Ohio.

Rise Up RetailCarrie Gleason, campaign manager with Rise Up Retail, discussed campaigning for the workers of SEARS during her Jan. 29 appearance on AWF. She talked about the fight for making sure that the workers will receive their pensions that they are owed before SEARS executives receive bonuses. She also mentions their Toys R Us campaign and fighting to make sure the workers receive their severance pay.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the government reopening and having government workers get back to work and more importantly, get paid for it. He also mentions that the government shutdown cost the United States economy 11 billion dollars.



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.

Progressive Agenda was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

Whether or not metropolitan areas possess jobs that will help workers obtain a middle class lifestyle was the main topic of conversation during the Jan. 28 edition of America’s Work Force.

Third Way Ryan BhandariThird Way senior economic policy advisor, Ryan Bhandari spoke about unemployment rates and having a job to support a middle class lifestyle during his time on AWF. Bhandari said that the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in a while, four percent, yet people are still unable to afford a middle class lifestyle. Bhandari said that in the top 200 metropolitan areas, only 38 percent of those area’s jobs pay their workers well enough to be able to afford a middle class life. That means that 62 percent of jobs in these major areas do not pay their workers well enough and are living lower class lifestyles. He then spoke about raising the minimum wage to adjust to inflation rates and how the value of a dollar has different amounts of power depending on where you are in the United States.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisPresident of the Transportation Trades Department, Larry Willis discussed the temporary end of the government shutdown during his Jan. 28 appearance on AWF. He stated that although the end of the shutdown is temporary, he is happy to see the the thousands of workers get back to work and make money to support themselves and their families. He also talked about his worries for government workers again if President Trump is unable to reach an agreement with Congress over funding for the southern border wall. Willis also discussed improving infrastructure around the United States before building the border wall.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed union membership across the United States dropping from 10.7 percent to 10.5 percent in 2018.



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.

The Working Class Perspective was a Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

There is a constant blame being put on the working class and this issue was addressed during the Jan. 25 edition of America’s Work Force.

Sherry Linkon Working Class PerspectivesSherry Linkon, writer for Working Class Perspectives, discussed how working people are vulnerable to corporate and government decisions as they had no say in the decision making. If things go poorly and workers begin to struggle, they are blamed for not having made better decisions. The working person is blamed for not having made better career choices, not saving money better or not picking a higher paying job, when they were put into their unfortunate situations or circumstances by corporate higher-ups or government decisions. She also discussed raising the federal minimum wage nationally to 15 dollars an hour. Linkon then talked about the two sides of the argument of raising minimum wage, such as will businesses cut jobs or will people spend more money now that they have more in their pockets.

USW United SteelworkersFred Redmond, Vice President of the United Steelworkers, spoke about the dignity of work during his Jan. 25 appearance on AWF. Redmond spoke about celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday earlier in the week and re-devoting themselves to fulfilling Dr. King’s vision and legacy of promoting the dignity of work. He also discussed trade enforcement agency investigations and rulings being delayed because of the ongoing government shutdown.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the building trades starting a project in Cleveland called Church + State. The project, which will be done completely by union, entails a 60 million dollar mixed use development with apartments, ground floor retail, elevated and subterranean parking, public space and a bike garage.



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.

Increased Concern for Furloughed Workers Discussed on America’s Work Force.

Workers struggling to make ends meet during the ongoing government shutdown was a main topic of conversation during the Jan. 24 edition of America’s Work Force.

AFL-CIO Bill SamuelGovernment Affairs Director with the AFL-CIO, Bill Samuel, discussed the thousands of government workers who have gone nearly an entire month without receiving a paycheck. Samuel said that a lot of the workers who are not working right now were not in high-paying positions, taking home around $500 a week, and are struggling to pay for rent, mortgages, car payments, groceries, and other necessities. He said he very much hopes to see the government reopen as soon as possible. Samuel also talked about the Democrats agenda for 2019, which includes increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, holding representatives accountable and work on immigration reform.

Dan DeVernaDan DeVerna, registered representative and investment advisor representative offering securities and investment advisory services with Ameritas Investment Corp made an appearance on the Jan. 24 edition of AWF. He is also author of Retirement Is Just the Beginning: The First Responder’s Guide to Protecting a Retirement Strategy, which discusses retirement strategies. DeVerna talked about what he calls the “retirement red zone,” which is when you have a target time that you want to retire, and you are quickly approaching it. While in the “retirement red zone,” DeVerna said that you should be organizing your “financial junk drawer” so that you know how much you will receive through your pension, 401k, or any other retirement plans so that you can properly prepare yourself for retirement.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump’s disapproval rating being at an all-time high during the longest government shutdown 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.

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.

The Ongoing Ken Johnson Investigation was the Main Topic of Conversation on America’s Work Force.

The investigation into Ken Johnson and why he continues to request being reimbursed his monthly maximum of $1,200 was discussed during the Jan. 23 edition of America’s Work Force.

Mark Naymik, writer for Cleveland.com, discussed the continued investigation looking into Ken Johnson and why he requests his maximum monthly reimbursement of $1,200 every month without offering any receipts or valid explanations. Naymik said that Johnson had recently requested $400 for gas after supposedly driving 700 miles for business in November, but did not provide detailed readings of his odometer before and after his trip. Naymik also said that Johnson requests reimbursement for gas for mowing lawns, but did not provide information on where he got the gas from, how much gas he bought, where the lawns were at that were supposedly mowed, and who did the mowing of the grass. As a result of Johnson’s shady activity, in order to receive reimbursements, council members will now be required to submit detailed summaries of what they spent money on, where they spent the money, and how much they spent.

Ron Herrera, International Brotherhood of Teamsters International Vice President and Director of the Solid Waste and Recycling Division, discussed the march for sanitation workers during his Jan. 23 appearance on AWF. Herrera said that the march has been taking place in Memphis, Tenn for over 30 years to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday and his life work to spread his message of promoting and protecting the dignity of work. He also talked about the issues that waste workers still face across the country.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the victory for Los Angeles teachers reaching a tentative agreement after a 21-hour bargaining session, ending their six-day 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 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.