Senator Sherrod Brown joined America’s Work Force on June 5 to speak about labor laws being changed and who they will affect.
Sen. Brown spoke about labor laws being taken away and how they will directly hurt workers by taking away their whistleblower protections. He said that workers who were fired for filing claims against their companies regarding their rights will no longer be protected and that it completely strips away one of the most necessary protections that they are entitled to. Sen. Brown also talked about pharmaceutical prices and how they are still skyrocketing, crippling people financially who desperately need their medications. Lastly, he discussed manufacturing camps for children, where children are able to go visit certain manufacturing plants and find out what they are all about, how it is a viable career, the endless career possibilities that come with it and more.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the updates from the United Steelworkers. Leo Gerard, international president of the USW, announced his retirement in 2019 after 18 years as head of the union. Gerard will be succeeded by Tom Conway, international vice president of the USW. Ferenc said that over the course of his career, Gerard time and time again stood up and advocated for worker rights and social justice, among other great things. He also spoke about the American Medical Association speaking out against the single payer healthcare model.