Amy Hanauer, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 10 about race inequality in the midwest with economic opportunity.
Hanauer first talked about racism and how in certain areas it shapes a person’s wealth, income and economic opportunity. She talked about how minorities face wage discrimination and wage theft more often that non people of color do. Hanauer then discussed certain policies in midwest states that prevent African-Americans from earning good wages and block the building of healthy communities. Lastly, she talked about how to address and counteract structural racism and accrued disadvantages in certain communities. Hanauer said that policymakers need to make the push to improve conditions of communities and schools by putting more money into them and maintain consistent funding to underserved areas.
Desiree Hoffman, international representative for the United Auto Workers spoke with AWF on Oct. 10 about economic security and job security in the United States. She talked about how Unions offer workers economic security by ensuring that they are being paid a livable wage and their wages are not being stolen by their employers. She also talked about how collective bargaining agreements are essential for workers to be able to voice conditions of employment such as wages and safety concerns.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about United States billionaires paying a lower tax rate than the working class in 2018.