Amy Hanauer, Executive Director of Policy Matters Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 12 on the topic of workers in the state of Ohio.
Hanauer discussed workers and their wages in the state of Ohio. It was mentioned that nine out of ten jobs in the United States earn less than $36,000 as their yearly salary. Hanauer also said that little has been done to close the wage gap between men and women, and women of color are receiving even less on average than all others. Finally, she discussed how going to college to further a person’s education used to help them get a better, higher paying job, which is no longer the case.
Josh Nassar, Legislative Director of the United Auto Workers spoke about the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USCMA) and what needs to be added to it before Congress signs off on it. He talked about needing to address pharmaceutical drugs and making them more affordable in the United States, and make it more about helping people than filling the pockets of big pharma executives.
Senator Sherrod Brown discussed corporate stock buybacks during his time on the Sept. 12 edition of AWF. He said that corporations are using stock buybacks for their own personal gain rather than sharing the wealth with their employees, so he proposed that for every $1 million made in profit from stock buybacks, $1 is given to every employee. Sen. Brown also talked about gun safety laws and regulations and how little progress is being made on banning certain types of guns even in the wake of the recent shooting tragedies across the U.S.