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.
Mathews 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.
Dave 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.