America’s Work Force Discusses the Federal Prison System

Jacque Simon, policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees spoke with America’s Work Force on August 21 about the federal prison system.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesSimon first spoke about federal employee unions that are constantly under attack by President Trump and other members of his administration. Next, she talked about if employees of any company were to speak about groups of people the way that President Trump does, they would be fired, immediately. An example would be telling a person to “go back to the country that they came from.” Simon said if it is inappropriate for employees to speak to each other in that manner, why should our President be able to get away with speaking like that?

Simon then talked about the federal prison system and the problems that have been occurring, regarding violence against inmates. With the recent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, among other deaths of inmates, there has been an increase in pressure on prisons to improve their conditions and safety standards for their inmates. She said that prison owners are against unions because it makes firing “bad eggs” harder and in turn, makes it more difficult to improve the quality of their staff.

Ohio Representative Larry HouseholderOhio house speaker, Larry Householder, joined AWF to discuss Ohio House Bill 6 and the new Ohio gas tax. He said that H.B.6 is helping to keep the power plants in Ohio in commission, which will save people money on utilities and provide clean energy to Ohioans. Householder also said that the recently passed Ohio gas tax increase is a good thing because the money from the gas tax is going to improve Ohio’s infrastructure. Ohio has the second largest amount of bridges and the fourth largest highway system in all of the United States, so the money from the gas tax will be put to good use, in order to improve and repair infrastructure. He also mentioned that by having the money to repair highways and bridges, more jobs will be created, boosting the economy.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the United Auto Workers voting on whether or not to authorize a strike in preparation for one of their contracts that will be ending soon.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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Thorough Background Checks Discussed on America’s Work Force

Gail Tate and Ebony Douglas, both from American Federation of Government Employees, AFGE, Local 3283, spoke with America’s Work Force about extensive background checks for people who want to work within the government.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesTate, retired steward and security coordinator, worked in Defense Finance & Accounting Service (DFAS) first spoke about her job with DFAS, which involved auditing navy ships, and the 700 active members of AFGE local 3283. Douglas, who works for the military pay department with DFAS, described what her job entails. After providing backgrounds on their jobs, Tate and Douglas spoke about the extensive background checks that are done on new hires and people who apply to work within the government. They said that while doing a background check, there is a list of 13 things to look out for, and they will go as far as checking for a person’s credit score to make sure they will be a responsible employee. Tate and Douglas said that to gain access to higher clearance areas, the person’s background check will need to be perfect.

Maritime Trades DepartmentDan Duncan, executive secretary-treasurer for the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO, spoke with AWF about the Jones Act and how its been helping create more jobs in the United States. He also discussed how President Trump was a supporter of the Jones Act, but was influenced heavily by his party members and ended up waving the act. Duncan said that members of congress need to keep an active voice on this act to ensure that it stays around because it is good for the American workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Congressman Tim Ryan and his support for all the United Auto Workers members.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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America’s Work Force Discusses Cheating Culture

Jeff Kreisler, author of Get Rich Cheating: The Crooked Path to Easy Street, spoke with America’s Work Force on May 15 to discuss people who try to cheat their way through life without worrying about repercussions.

Jeff Kreisler

Kreisler spoke about the college admissions scandal where wealthy individuals had paid extra money to admissions offices to ensure that their children would receive admittance into a university, even if there were more qualified candidates. He then talked about how even though it is illegal, people would think that it is “OK” because they are giving extra money to a university, so their needs should be met. Adding to that, Kreisler said that America has ethical rules, not an ethical culture. He explained that Americans will know something is wrong, but push the boundaries of laws and rules until they get caught, rather than knowing it is wrong and refraining from acting on their bad impulses.

AFGE American Federation of Government Employees

Ibidun Roberts, National Veterans Affairs Council Supervisory Attorney with the American Federation of Government Employees spoke to AWF on May 15 about the V.A. accountability act. She spoke about lawmakers trying to put legislation in place that would privatize the VA, and would also take away their ability to file grievances if anything were to go wrong. Roberts said that the accountability act would prevent retaliation and prevention for companies to attack workers, or punish them, for wanting to organize.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke to AWF about Delta Airlines and their anti-union messages, telling workers that they are better off purchasing new gaming consoles, going to sporting events, or other recreational activity rather than spending their money on union dues.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

President Trump’s Proposed Budget Were the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

On March 20, Jacque Simon, policy director of the American Federation of Government Employees joined America’s Work Force to talk about President Trump’s proposed budget.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesSimon talked about how President Trump’s proposed budget included cuts to many valuable programs, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, healthcare and social security, along with cuts to public education. She said that a lot of what the President is proposing to cut in his budget is a classic union busting move, however, as of right now, there is not much progress being made in Washington D.C. to push anything through. Simon went on to talk about the Paid Leave Act and the Federal Medical Leave Act and the push for more paid parental leave. Lastly, she spoke about the issue of TSA workers still waiting to receive back pay from their missed pay periods while working during the government shutdown.

AFL-CIODavida Russell with the North Coast Labor Federation – AFL-CIO, spoke with America’s Work Force on March 20 to talk about getting more involved in local government. She talked about if you want to see change, you have to actively participate and vote on issues that are important to you. To add on to that, Russell said that she would also like to see more union members get involved in government, whether it is running for a spot on city council, or by voting on issues that most affect unions.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the General Motors Lordstown plant and how the workers are demanding that the company invest into them as much as they had invested into the company over the years.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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VA Medical Centers were the Main Focus of Discussion on America’s Work Force Radio

During Jan. 16 episode of America’s Work Force, guests discuss privatization and contracting out services at VA medical centers.

Willie Haywood Jr., District 6 Representative of the National Veterans Affairs Council, discussed the current state of the VA’s across the country. Haywood , member of VA Council 262, which encompasses Indiana, Ohio and Northern Kentucky, talked about fully staffing VA’s. He said that by fully staffing veterans, they will be able to receive the proper, adequate care that they need and deserve. Haywood also mentioned that VAs having their own medical providers will take away the need to go through a private sector to receive care and it will also keep the sense of comradery between the veterans in tact.

John Auerbach, President and CEO of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH),  discussed public health and preventable issues during the Jan. 16 edition of AWF. Auerbach talked about West Virginia and Ohio having the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in America. He said that he believes the reason for the high overdose death being so high in those areas is a result of poor quality of life as well as a lack of access to proper treatment. He mentioned that the life expectancy in America is dropping because of the increase in drug overdose deaths. Lastly, he mentioned the problem with doctors over prescribing opioids for pain treatment.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the ongoing government shutdown and the effects that it is having on government employees.


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.



Dan Coughlin Talks Cleveland Sports on America’s Work Force Radio

Legendary Cleveland sports reporter Dan Coughlin joined America’s Work Force Radio and talked about the Cleveland sports scene.

Coughlin, who worked for the Plain Dealer, Cleveland Press and Fox 8, covered everything from slow pitch softball to high school football, major college football programs, the Browns and the Indians. He talked about his fourth book, Just One More Story, which is similar to his first three books where he reminisces about eccentric Cleveland sports personalities and unusual events.

Dr. James Martin also appeared on the Dec. 19 edition of America’s Work Force Radio and discussed his time working at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. A specialist in emergency medicine, Dr. Martin talked about his experience working at one of Chicago’s Veterans Affairs hospitals, where he treats active-duty military members, their dependents and veterans. In addition to emergency care, he also serves as a primary care physician. He spoke about several instances where he was called to the Naval Station Great Lakes base.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about a meeting of the country’s labor leaders, where they discussed the future of unions, how to build strong unions and ways to build up their bargaining power.


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


Social Security Issues Explained on America’s Work Force Radio

An American Federation of Government Employees member explains the ramifications of potential changes to social security on America’s Work Force Radio.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesAFGE Local 3571 Executive Amad Ali appeared on AWF on Nov. 21 and talked about the Social Security Administration’s plans to either privatize or eliminate the social insurance program. He said plans should be made to strengthen and protect social security, in order to ensure the money that millions of hard working people invested into the system will be returned to them during their lifetime. With Democrats reclaiming the majority in the House, he hopes the progressives will focus on protecting workers’ rights to their pensions, social security and other benefits.

ULA Dave MegenhardtExecutive Director of the United Labor Agency Dave Megenhardt was also a guest on AWF and talked about expanding the ULA into another Ohio county in hopes of bringing more work to the area. Megenhardt said workers need to start take advantage of the new work opportunities in their area and stressed the importance of developing a highly trained and highly skilled workforce for those jobs.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discusses General Motors laying off non-union workers, and the order of immediate resumption of purging active voters.

 


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

Midterm Election Results and EPA Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

The results of the 2018 midterm elections and the Environmental Protection Agency were the hot button issues discussed on the Nov. 7 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

Shaun Richman In These Times MagazineContributing writer with In These Times Magazine, Shaun Richman, discussed the midterm elections and what the outcomes mean for both parties. He talked about the U.S. economy and how its current direction will affect the working class. Richman also spoke about worker strikes and U.S. labor law reform.

Mike Mikulka AFGE Local 704 EPAThe President of AFGE Local 704, Mike Mikulka, talked about the steps that he believes need to be taken in order to revive the EPA, including a “back-to-basics” agenda. Mikulka spoke about how the agency has fought budget cuts over the past few years. He said there needs to be a larger focus on the EPA so the agency can keep the environment safe.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about negative campaigning, which he said caused some people to not vote because they did not know what information portrayed in the commercials was true or false.


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

Ken Johnson Controversy Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

Today on our show we had Mark Naymik and Rita Lewis. Mark is from Cleveland.com and the Plain Dealer and Rita is widow to Butch Lewis who worked with the Teamsters. Mark Naymik began his time on the show with talking about President Trump and his speech at the United Nations and then spent a while talking about the controversy surrounding Ken Johnson. To conclude his time on the show, Naymik talked about politics, state politics in Ohio involving Cordray and Dewine, the ECOT scandal, and Hyland Software being mentioned on a subpoena served by public corruption investigators. Rita Lewis was our second guest on the show today and she discussed pension plans. She talked about how hard her late husband, Butch Lewis of the Teamsters, fought for keeping pensions alive, Butch Lewis Act, and how it ultimately led to his death. Now, Lewis picks up where Butch left off and continues the fight and will not let the issue die out. We also discuss President Trump fighting court orders on what he can do with government employees, right to vote, voter registration day, and AFGE Local 3399 having problems with a VA. Lots of interesting stuff today on the show!

America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

Veterans Administration Accountability Act Discussed on America’s Work Force.

Today on the show we had Darryll Bell and Steve Campisi, stewards and political coordinators of AFGE Local 31 in the studio with us, and also Senator Sherrod Brown. While on the show, Darryll and Steve talked about the American Federation of Government Employees, working with the Cleveland VA Medical Center, the VA accountability act, being Air Force Veterans, veteran homelessness, the three executive orders that sought to undermine the representation of unions with their employees, and Federal employee wage raises. Senator Sherrod Brown discussed jobs in Ohio, American Jobs Act and keeping automotive production in the United States, NAFTA negotiations, labor enforcement, and the Firefighter Registry Cancer Act.  We also discuss the op-ed article submitted to the New York Times by a member of the White House Administration about President Trump and how he demands that he either come forward or be turned over by the NYT! Hot topics of discussion from the last couple of weeks and more unique, insightful views to go along with them!

America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.