Today’s Show 9-28-18

Today on the show we had Michelle Tokarczyk and Tom Conway. Our first guest, Michelle, is an English professor at Goucher College, she is also a writing director at Goucher. Along with that, she is an author and a poet, with topics focusing on women and working class studies. While on the show, she discusses her writings and the inspiration behind them, recessions, working class decimation, teachers organizing, and textbook costs and university tuition. Our second guest on the show was Tom Conway from the United Steel Workers. Conway goes immediately into talking about how the steel workers are ready to go on strike, the steel industry’s success and how they are not giving anything to the workers, how some of the worker protections were taken away, deductible healthcare plans, and finally how they are hoping to solve their problems during contract renegotiation. Other things that we discussed today were the Brett Kavanaugh controversy, a labor podcast called “Women Rule”, and shared prosperity.

Today’s Show 9-27-18

Today’s show featured guests Bill Samuel and Sam Allard. Bill Samuel is with the AFL-CIO and Sam Allard is a senior writer with the Cleveland Scene Magazine. Our first guest on the show, Bill Samuel, talks politics with Cordray and Dewine and also the senate race and Sherrod Brown. He then talks about worker’s rights, OSHA, Kavanaugh’s stance on the working people, and Seaworld and their poor support and protection of their workers. He then gets into the Butch Lewis Act to talk about benefits for retirees, and finishes his time with discussion on NAFTA negotiations and where those are leading. Our second guest Sam Allard discusses what “opportunity zones” are and why they need to have better regulations put onto them. To conclude his time on the show, Allard talks about the podcast called “Serial” and talks about our criminal justice system. We also talk about the Brett Kavanaugh controversy, how the new NAFTA negotiations involve incentives with outsourcing, the Janus decision and right to work foundations, and an elected state federation’s first woman president!

Today’s Show 9-26-18

Today on our show we had Mark Naymik and Rita Lewis. Mark is from Cleveland.com and the Plain Dealer and Rita is widow to Butch Lewis who worked with the Teamsters. Mark Naymik began his time on the show with talking about President Trump and his speech at the United Nations and then spent a while talking about the controversy surrounding Ken Johnson. To conclude his time on the show, Naymik talked about politics, state politics in Ohio involving Cordray and Dewine, the ECOT scandal, and Hyland Software being mentioned on a subpoena served by public corruption investigators. Rita Lewis was our second guest on the show today and she discussed pension plans. She talked about how hard her late husband, Butch Lewis of the Teamsters, fought for keeping pensions alive, Butch Lewis Act, and how it ultimately led to his death. Now, Lewis picks up where Butch left off and continues the fight and will not let the issue die out. We also discuss President Trump fighting court orders on what he can do with government employees, right to vote, voter registration day, and AFGE Local 3399 having problems with a VA. Lots of interesting stuff today on the show!

Today’s Show 9-25-18

Today’s show featured guests Tom Buffenbarger, former head of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and currently our independent labor voice, and Fred Yoder, a farmer from Plain City, Ohio. Our first guest on the show is a frequent guest, Tom Buffenbarger, who talks about the farm bills in Ohio, the Kavanaugh controversy, tariffs on crops, CEO pay compared to their employees, steelworkers struggling to bargain for their contracts, President Trump and his tax cuts, and going out and exercising your right to vote. Our second guest is a fourth generation farmer from just outside of Columbus named Fred Yoder. Yoder came onto the show today to talk about the farm bills in Ohio that get updated every five years, farmers getting hurt by these tariffs, crop insurance and cover crops, and the Federal Crop insurance where farmers and the government split the costs 50/50. We also discuss an uprising of women organizing, the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), League of Women Voters, and McDonald’s and their sexual harassment reports going unheard so the workers staged walkouts.

Today’s Show 9-24-18

On the show today, we had the Lake County Commissioner, Dan Troy, as well as the President of the Transportation Trades Department, Larry Willis.

During his time on the show, our first guest Dan Troy talked about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and all of the controversy surrounding the organization, social security benefits, tax cuts, immigration issues, slander speech, the importance of exercising your right to vote, and being honored during Pipefitters Local 120 ceremony. Congratulations Dan!

Our second guest today was Larry Willis and he discussed the campaign against the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Railroad Safety Act, issues with the United States rail and freight industry, break inspections and other safety sensitive training, and how some politicians are out to defame each other during the elections.

We also discuss work without pay, CEO to worker pay ratio, a caucus happening discussing tax cuts, Hurricane Florence and it’s destruction, Unions helping those they need in the Carolinas, and more on the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations. A great show today with great topics of discussion!

Today’s Show 9-21-18

On the show today, we had Mark Seavey from the American Legion Magazine and Richard Fiesta from the Alliance of Retired Americans. While on the show, our first guest Mark talks about a major problem going on with a VA Medical Center project in Denver going over budget and people are thinking it is intentionally being sabotaged by putting things in it that are not necessary and not focusing on what actually needs to be put into it. Mark also talks about the Blue Water Bill and how scientists are saying there is no direct link to all the cases of cancer going on. Our second guest Richard Fiesta talks a lot about social security, social security caucus going on right now, how we can expand, strengthen, and fix the benefits, raising the artificial earnings cap, raising the retiring age, tax cuts, and the senate race. We also discuss momentum in favor of labor, the governor race, and the investigation into ECOT!

Today’s Show 9-20-18

Today on the show we had Doug Oplinger, retired editor from Akron Beacon Journal, and Pat Gallagher, from District 1 Steelworkers. While on the show today, Doug talks about Your Voice Ohio, encouraging people to help out and start supporting their local news, opiod problems, and the average household income dropping. Our second guest Pat talks about the governor race in Ohio, the steel industry and the profit they are making, steelworkers in strike mode right now because they are unhappy with the lack of wage increases and other benefits, and his thoughts on the tariffs and how they are affecting our economy. We also talk about kick starting the economy and the economy shift in Ohio, the Cordroy and Dewine debate, drug victims and the addiction crisis, and holding politicians accountable for their actions.

Today’s Show 9-19-18

Today on the show we had Tony Reardon, President of the National Treasury Employees Union, and Tish O’dell, community organizer from the Akron, Ohio area. Our first guest, Tony, talks about the historic union victory over executive orders and what it means for unions moving forward, working people’s voices finally being heard, IRS workers, the possibility of government shut down, President Trump wanting a pay freeze while other federal employees want a pay increase and unions against Kavanaugh. Our second guest Tish talks about having a community forum with topics on fair elections, sustainability, worker rights, police accountability, mass incarceration, and legalization of marijuana. She also talks about how people WANT to make a difference in their communities, they just need to be better educated on hot topics, and how communities should be funding drug treatment over mass incarceration since it is cheaper for the tax payer. we also discuss federal pay raises for next year, accusations against Kavanaugh, and how First Energy Nuclear Operations are planning to give generous bonuses to employees working until the plant shuts down in 2020!

Today’s Show 9-18-18

Today on the show we had Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT), and Lee Geiss, Ohio Regional Program Manager for the Blue Green Alliance. While on the show today, our first guest Melissa talks about women and their huge role on this upcoming election, women getting involved in politics so that they can have their voice heard on policies that are not representing them as well as they would like, and the Electronic Classrooms of Tomorrow (ECOT) scandal. Our second guest on the show Lee Geiss talks about creating and retaining jobs while cleaning up the environment, green jobs and energy efficient solutions, educating people on green jobs, fuel economy standards, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the Department of Transportation, and how rolling back certain standards will cause pollution, high gas prices, and job loss. Other topics of discussion included the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations, gas prices being at a four year high, television commercials and slandering candidates, and Ford Motor Company believing the tariffs will bring auto jobs back to the United States!

Today’s Show 9-17-18

On today’s show we had Grace Heffernan, project manager for Towards Employment, and Mike Polensek, a councilman from the Cleveland City Council. Our first guest Grace discussed what Towards Employment is all about, TalentNEO, helping the formerly incarcerated get back into the workforce, help individuals prepare, obtain, maintain, and advance in a job so that they are able to support themselves and their families. Grace also talks about employers looking to fill jobs based on their skills rather than strictly based on their past education, their organization’s job readiness training in-house, and her fundraiser called “A Toast to New Tomorrows” which promotes opportunities toward employment. Our second guest Mike Polensek talks about high speed chases and new ways on how to end them safely. He also discusses Cleveland’s policy on joining and trying to stop a high speed pursuit, and the problem one home owner has encountered over the last couple of years regarding these dangerous high speed chases. Other topics that we discussed were pay differentials between men and women, how earnings are falling for men and the wage gap is still large, climate change conflict, justice for working people, gun rights, school vouchers, and the new controversy regarding sexual assault surrounding Brett Kavanaugh. We covered a lot of information on the show today and had some great discussion about serious matters!