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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Ohio Budget Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tim Burga, president of the Ohio AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on July 2 about Ohio’s budget plan and the progress being made on it.

AFL-CIOBurga spoke about the Ohio budget plan that was voted on in late June and how an agreement was not reached, so an interim budget plan was set in place. He said that because Congress has not voted on the two outstanding house bills, they could not agree on the terms of their new budget plan just yet. Burga mentioned his support for Ohio House Bill 6, the clean air bill, because he supports the power plants mentioned in the bill. He said that the power plants provide good, well paying jobs to skilled workers. Burga also supports the power plants because they let off carbon free emissions, and the power plants continuously use union labor at their plants.

Kathryn Joyce Kathryn Joyce, freelance journalist with Type Investigate and the Huffington Post, discussed the politics in the wake of school shootings in the United States. In referencing the Marjory Stone-Douglas highschool shooting in Parkland, Florida in February 2018, Joyce discussed the different narratives each side of the political spectrum pushed in regards to the shooting and who to blame. She said that the Left blamed the lack of gun control legislation and the Right blamed the school system for their lack of disciplinary action on the gunman from when was younger and lashed out in school. She also talked about racial disparity in America’s school systems and the statistics claiming minorities are more likely to commit crimes when lashing out and not disciplined in school when they were younger, even though the majority of America’s school shooters have been caucasian.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Alaska’s governor and his aggressive budget cuts on their state budget.



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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Wayfair Employee Walkout Discussed on America’s Work Force

Bill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on June 27 about Wayfair employees staging a walkout after finding out about who their company was profiting off of.

Bill Samuel AFL-CIOSamuel discussed the Wayfair employees in Boston staging a walkout after one of their employees found out that the company was selling bed furnishing to the detention camps along the border. Once the employees made the discovery, they staged a walkout in protest that they do not approve of the detention centers or their company doing being involved and doing business to help these centers. Samuel then talked about the new NAFTA agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how it is unacceptable in its current condition and needs to be improved before being voted in.

Marcia ArgustMarcia Argust, director of the PEW Charitable Trust to Restore America’s Parks spoke with AWF on June 27 about repairing and maintaining infrastructure at U.S. National Parks. With congress funding slowing down and visitor numbers going up, there is only so much that could be done to maintain the old infrastructure at these national parks or repair something that may be broken. She said that the old infrastructure poses as a health and safety concern for visitors of these parks and is working to get the funding necessary to improve conditions at these parks.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the grounded Boeing 737 Max jets and nuclear energy rollback in Ohio House Bill 6.



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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Mistreatment of Prisoners Discussed on America’s Work Force

Aviva Stahl, investigative journalist with the Nation magazine spoke to America’s Work Force on June 20 about the mistreatment of a prisoner in a maximum security prison.

The Nation MagazineStahl discussed her latest article submitted in the Nation magazine, which addresses the mistreatment of a prisoner who was on a hunger strike. The prisoner that she spoke about, Mohammad Salameh, is serving life in prison for terrorism-related charges, went on a hunger strike for political action against the prison to address the abuse against the prisoners. Stahl said that Salameh claimed the prisoners would go weeks, even months, without any type of speaking interaction with another person, so he had been hunger striking. To combat his hunger strikes, the prison would strap him down and force-feed him, which is painful, degrading and undeserving, even for people serving life sentences.

Furthermore, Stahl said that over the past 10 years, this has happened to Salameh over 200 times. Salameh said that he would be dragged out of his cell, and then strapped down tightly and have a feeding tube shoved up his nostrils and down his throat and into his stomach. Stahl said that Salameh accepts that he will be in prison for the rest of his life, but does not feel he should be abused the way that he has been.

United SteelworkersJose Arroyo, United Steelworkers Local 621 staff representative, spoke to AWF on June 20 about AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka’s three-state tour to talk about the new NAFTA agreement and what he feels needs to be included during his time touring. He also discussed Arconic manufacturing company and what they did with the money they saved with their tax break.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee and their workers voting against union representation.



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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New NAFTA Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tim Burga, president of the Ohio AFL-CIO spent some time speaking with America’s Work Force on June 4, about the renegotiation of the new NAFTA agreement.

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Burga spoke about the new NAFTA agreement, renamed as the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), and how there is still work that needs to be done on it. He said that one of the main things that needs to be focused on is reversing some of the adverse effects that it has had on the United States over the past 25 years. Burga also said that they need to focus on the fair trade portion of the agreement and making sure that workers protections are kept in mind. Lastly, he spoke about the Great Lakes Regional Meeting, which he attended, and how there were workshops on programs to elect more union members into congress, keeping congress accountable for their actions and economics.

BlueGreenAllianceMichael Williams, the interim co-executive director for the Blue Green Alliance spoke with AWF on June 4 about rebuilding America’s infrastructure and preserving the environment. When talking about infrastructure improvements, Williams mentioned that it is good that there are all of these plans being brought up on the subject, but it will take real public investment to make a difference. He brought up that the more infrastructure improvements that are made, the environment will begin to be cleaned up. One example that Williams made is that if we were to fix our water systems, there would be less pollution in our water, and we will be able to move water around more efficiently. Finally, he talked about the Lift America Act.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) returning to bartending to advocate for a minimum wage increase and tipped worker minimum wage increase.



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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Protect the Right to Organize Act Discussed on America’s Work Force

Bill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO, spoke with America’s Work Force on May 23 about the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

AFL-CIO

Samuel spoke on the PRO Act and why it is necessary for worker protection. He said that the PRO Act protects the workers right to strike, binding arbitration to their first contract with their employers, and mainly fixes the misclassification of workers. Samuel said that fixing the misclassification of workers is one of the most important parts of this bill because it will help correctly classify workers as workers, rather than independent contractors, and allow them to receive proper wages, benefits, and protections that they are entitled to. He then went on to talk about Connecticut joining the fight for $15 minimum wage, and how by this fall they will be increasing their wages by 90 cents. Lastly, he spoke about the new NAFTA, United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and how there is pressure to strengthen portions of it protecting workers rights in Mexico, reducing wage suppression and union busting tactics.

Dan DeVerna

Financial advisor with Creative Financial Parners, Dan DeVerna, spoke with AWF on May 23 about long term care and health insurance. He discussed different forms of health insurance policies, such as the whole life insurance policy. DeVerna also mentioned affordable long term care policies to help people leave behind money for those who survived them rather than spending it all on additional care.

 

 

 

 



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 Discussed More Thorough Labor Law Reform

Bill Samuel, director of government affairs with the AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on April 25 about better improving labor laws.

Bill Samuel AFL-CIO

Samuel discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), the updated version of NAFTA, and how the labor law reform in it still is not strong enough. He said that he would like to see the Mexican minimum wage, which is just above $3, to be raised so that the standard of living in Mexico could go up. Samuel stated that increasing the minimum wage in Mexico will help keep jobs in the United States as well because companies will be less willing to send jobs to Mexico since Mexican labor will not be as cheap as it once was. Lastly, he talked about Protect the Right to Organize Act (PRO) and the push to increase awareness of unions and the benefits of organizing.

Dan DeVerna

Financial adviser Dan DeVerna spoke with AWF on April 25 about what age you could retire at, and how to receive your retirement benefits. Outlined in his book “Retirement is Just the Beginning,” DeVerna states that there are specific plans put in place to retire at age 55, 59 ½, and 70 ½ years old. He said that every person is different, so they will all have different plans and should pick one that suits them the best. DeVerna also explained how much money a person needs for a good retirement and also how to get your money out of your 401k or other retirement plan.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc covered the Amazon driver’s recent victory where now they will not be forced to sign an arbitration agreement that would intentionally misclassify them, making them miss out on better pay and other benefits.



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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Keeping Jobs in America Discussed on America’s Work Force

On April 2, Tim Burga, president of the Ohio AFL-CIO joined America’s Work Force to discuss the newly proposed budget in Ohio.

AFL-CIOBurga spoke about Governor Mike DeWine and his proposed gas tax and the purpose behind it. DeWine proposed an 18 cent gas tax increase so that Ohio could use the money to rebuild and improve state infrastructure. The Ohio House countered DeWine’s gas tax increase proposal by saying they will accept the gas tax be increased by 10.7 cents. Burga said that the good part about the gas tax increase is that it will be used to build or improve infrastructure, creating jobs for Ohio workers. Lastly, Burga talked about workers gaining more power by working collectively for change.

Alliance for American ManufacturingScott Paul, executive director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing spoke with America’s Work Force about keeping jobs in America. He talked about Chinese state-owned companies that are going around and underbidding companies in the United States by millions and performing shoddy work, costing the state more in the long-run to continue to use their business. He said, at first, using the lower bidding companies saves money, but costing more and more to maintain and improve as the years go on because of the poor quality of work that was done. Paul also talked about the new NAFTA, United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how he would like to see it include more protections for workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the 14 employees from the Plain Dealer who were laid off on April 1. In an obvious union busting move, 14 members of the News Guild lost their jobs at the Plain Dealer due to “downsizing”.



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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Keeping Our Unions Strong Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 25, Ginger Christ, unit chair of the Plain Dealer News Guild, spoke to America’s Work Force about the expected layoffs coming up in April.

The Plain DealerChrist, who has worked for the Plain Dealer News Guild for three years, talked about how starting April 1, there will be 14 people laid off from their jobs at the News Guild with no warning of who it may be. Since they will not be given any warning as to who may be losing their jobs, they are not able to properly prepare themselves to look for work or look for another job just in case. Christ then went on to explain why she feels as if this is a union busting move, given that members in the News Guild are in fact part of a union.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisTransportation Trades Department Secretary Treasurer Greg Regan spoke with AWF about union busting legislation that is being discussed about a union de-certification process. This directly attacks the freedom of association among employees, which allows any individual to join, or leave a union voluntarily.

Triangle FireThe third guest on the March 25 edition of AWF was Chair of Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, Mary Ann Trasciatti. Trasciatti talked about the Triangle ShirtWaist Fire in New York City back in 1911. She told the story about how it happened, how poor work conditions led to the demise of 146 workers, mainly women and immigrants, and also how the owners were found not guilty in a trial following the catastrophe. Now, Trasciatti is working with a landmark preservation committee to put up a landmark in honor of those who lost their lives in the accident and to honor the spaces of working people.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the National Labor Relations Board story of an Amazon worker employee being fired after giving a speech about the poor working conditions and ridiculously overwhelming workload the employees endure.



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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Passing the Blame on General Motors Lordstown Plant Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On March 21, Josh Nassar, legislative director from the United Auto Workers, joined America’s Work Force to talk about people pointing fingers at each other and blaming one another for the shutdown of the Lordstown plant.

UAW United Auto WorkersNassar talked about President Trump calling out the UAW President Dave Green, telling him to “quit complaining” and go do something about bringing work back to the Lordstown plant. Nassar also said that Trump blamed union dues being too high and that is why the plant went out of business, even though union dues are paid by the members, not the company. He then went on to talk about the new NAFTA deal, United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how they are fighting to make sure worker rights are protected in the new trade agreement.

AFL-CIOBill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on March 21 about the USMCA also. Samuel said that AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, is fighting hard to ensure that workers are protected in the new agreement. He then discussed the General Motors debacle and how GM had been hedging with stock buybacks, rather than investing into the company and its employees. Lastly, Samuel talked about Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Under the PRO act, there will be no more So-Called “Right-to-Work” in any states, sanctions for companies so they do not violate worker rights to organize, monetary penalties for executives who violate worker rights with illegal firings, and much more.



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.