Communication Workers of America Legislative and Political Director, Shane Larson, spoke about a new piece of legislature that was introduced at the beginning of the year during his time Feb. 12 appearance on America’s Work Force
Larson discussed a new piece of legislature called “For the People Act” or H.R. 1 that was introduced in Jan. 2019. H.R. 1 covers big money in politics such as “dark money” and “special interest” money, expanding opportunities for more citizens to be able to participate in future elections. This can be done by making election day a holiday for federal employees and encourages businesses in the private sector to do the same, as well as a wide range of ethical issues. Larson explained that H.R. 1 has been overshadowed and relatively ignored due to the 35 day government shutdown that began in January and is worried that the same thing might happen again with the threat of another government shutdown projected to begin on Feb. 15.
Kris LaGrange, head of UCOMM Communication, spoke about Amazon’s HQ2 in New York City during his time on AWF. He discussed Amazon’s vice president refusal to remain neutral if Amazon’s employees decided they wanted to unionize and how it has created concerns among NYC elected officials. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to that comment, saying that there will be pressure for Amazon to allow their employees to unionize and that he will also contribute to the pressure put on Amazon.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Denver teachers strike, which is the first strike in Denver in over 25 years, that was influenced by the pay increase and what they want done with their bonuses.