Keeping Our Unions Strong Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 25, Ginger Christ, chair at the 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 31 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.

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.

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.

Immigration Reform and New Trade Deals Discussed on America’s Work Force

Bill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO spoke about the immigration reform and the United State-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on the Feb. 28 edition of America’s Work Force.

Bill Samuel AFL-CIOSamuel spoke about President Trump’s emergency declaration to receive money to fund the southern border wall and how he is taking money from other departments in order to obtain what he needs, since congress would not approve his request for money. He then moved on to talking about immigration reform and how it needs to be done more appropriately. Samuel also mentioned the USMCA, new NAFTA, and how the negotiating between the three countries is complete, but workers are not satisfied by it. There needs to be more protection of workers and their jobs included, along with other labor law reform, said Samuel.

Dan DeVernaFinancial adviser, Dan DeVerna, spoke about understanding certain aspects of your retirement plan, as well as providing some tips, during his Feb. 28 appearance on AWF. DeVerna discussed how new retirement plans are allowing roth IRA’s in 401ks and other retirement plans. He said that you would pay tax on your money one time before it goes in, and then you would never pay tax on it again.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the upcoming trades fair on March 7, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, hosted at Max Hayes high school in Cleveland, Ohio.



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.

In Depth Look at a Progressive Tax Reform on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 5, Dennis Bailey, Director of Communications with Americans for Tax Fairness discussed a progressive tax reform proposal.

Americans for Tax FairnessBailey spoke about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14th district) tax reform proposal that would essentially be a 70 percent marginal tax rate for an income of 10 million dollars and above. Bailey feels that the current tax system is rigged and unfair against the poor and is designed to help out the rich. Bailey believes that trickle-down economics is not helping anybody and is not creating new jobs like politicians claimed it would. He also mentioned how Trump’s GOP tax cuts are not helping the economy like he had said that they would.

AFL-CIOTim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO, discussed an increase in union membership in Ohio, compared to a slight decrease, nationwide, in 2018. He also said that teacher union membership is significantly growing compared to last year. Burga also believes the government shutdown will possibly resume on Feb. 15 and he feels that congress needs to find common ground on the border security issue that President Trump and Democrats have been butting heads over.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the pressure being placed on Amazon HQ2 in New York to allow workers to unionize.



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.

Progressive Agenda was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

Whether or not metropolitan areas possess jobs that will help workers obtain a middle class lifestyle was the main topic of conversation during the Jan. 28 edition of America’s Work Force.

Third Way Ryan BhandariThird Way senior economic policy advisor, Ryan Bhandari spoke about unemployment rates and having a job to support a middle class lifestyle during his time on AWF. Bhandari said that the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in a while, four percent, yet people are still unable to afford a middle class lifestyle. Bhandari said that in the top 200 metropolitan areas, only 38 percent of those area’s jobs pay their workers well enough to be able to afford a middle class life. That means that 62 percent of jobs in these major areas do not pay their workers well enough and are living lower class lifestyles. He then spoke about raising the minimum wage to adjust to inflation rates and how the value of a dollar has different amounts of power depending on where you are in the United States.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisPresident of the Transportation Trades Department, Larry Willis discussed the temporary end of the government shutdown during his Jan. 28 appearance on AWF. He stated that although the end of the shutdown is temporary, he is happy to see the the thousands of workers get back to work and make money to support themselves and their families. He also talked about his worries for government workers again if President Trump is unable to reach an agreement with Congress over funding for the southern border wall. Willis also discussed improving infrastructure around the United States before building the border wall.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed union membership across the United States dropping from 10.7 percent to 10.5 percent in 2018.



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.

Increased Concern for Furloughed Workers Discussed on America’s Work Force.

Workers struggling to make ends meet during the ongoing government shutdown was a main topic of conversation during the Jan. 24 edition of America’s Work Force.

AFL-CIO Bill SamuelGovernment Affairs Director with the AFL-CIO, Bill Samuel, discussed the thousands of government workers who have gone nearly an entire month without receiving a paycheck. Samuel said that a lot of the workers who are not working right now were not in high-paying positions, taking home around $500 a week, and are struggling to pay for rent, mortgages, car payments, groceries, and other necessities. He said he very much hopes to see the government reopen as soon as possible. Samuel also talked about the Democrats agenda for 2019, which includes increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, holding representatives accountable and work on immigration reform.

Dan DeVernaDan DeVerna, registered representative and investment advisor representative offering securities and investment advisory services with Ameritas Investment Corp made an appearance on the Jan. 24 edition of AWF. He is also author of Retirement Is Just the Beginning: The First Responder’s Guide to Protecting a Retirement Strategy, which discusses retirement strategies. DeVerna talked about what he calls the “retirement red zone,” which is when you have a target time that you want to retire, and you are quickly approaching it. While in the “retirement red zone,” DeVerna said that you should be organizing your “financial junk drawer” so that you know how much you will receive through your pension, 401k, or any other retirement plans so that you can properly prepare yourself for retirement.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump’s disapproval rating being at an all-time high during the longest government shutdown in the United States.


 

 


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.

America’s Work Force Discusses Government Reform With Guests

Bill Samuel, Government Affairs Director of the AFL-CIO, discussed the incoming new congress on America’s Work Force Radio.

Samuel discussed House Resolution Bill 1 during the Jan. 2 edition of AWF. He mentions that HR 1 covers areas such as government reform, voting rights, campaign finances, gerrymandering, government ethics and much more. Samuel then talked about labor law reform to help make it easier for workers to organize and provide more bargaining power to the worker. He also covered the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and how it is benefiting Mexican workers.

Dave Megenhardt, Executive Director of the United Labor Agency, discussed helping people return to work after being out for a long period of time. He said his agency helps people write or update resumes, host workshops to refresh the worker’s skills, and assists in matching the worker’s skills with required skills in job openings. Megenhardt also talked about the future of advanced manufacturing.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the AFGE suing the Trump administration for forcing employees to work during the shut down with no pay. He also discussed the current status of the government shut down.


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.

Head of AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department Talks Infrastructure on America’s Work Force Radio

Transportation Trades Department President, Larry Willis, was a featured guest on the Nov. 26 episode of America’s Work Force Radio to talk about the need for infrastructure improvement.

Transportation Trades Department AFL-CIOWillis discussed the benefits of investing in infrastructure and the results of the 2018 midterm election. He said working men and women will benefit from Democrats retaking the House of Representatives. Also, investment in infrastructure, such roads and bridges, will lead to the creation of more jobs and lead to transportation options.

Dan Troy Lake County CommissionerOutgoing Lake County (Ohio) Commissioner Dan Troy also appeared on AWF to talk about the results of the midterms. Troy expressed disappointment in some of the results, including issues involving working families. He discussed the Fix Our Roads program and how FOR is helping to improve Ohio’s infrastructure.

 

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the debate between entering into an apprenticeship or attending college. He also talked about the need to strengthen social security and the record amount of women recently elected to Congress.


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.


Freelance Writer Remembers Nikki Delamotte on America’s Work Force Radio

Cleveland-based freelance writer Annie Zaleski joined America’s Work Force Radio to remember her late friend and colleague, Nikki Delamotte, who was killed in November.

Annie ZaleskiOn Nov. 22, Zaleski said she felt humbled to have worked with Delamotte on several articles and praised her work. Zaleski described Delamotte as a Cleveland Treasure and hopes people will remember Delamotte as a hardworking, fact-finding writer, who always wrote interesting articles.

 

Bill Samuel Director of Government Affairs AFLCIOBill Samuel, AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs, appeared on America’s Work Force Radio and discussed the upcoming lame duck session of Congress, the Affordable Care Act, social security and tax cuts. He believes Democrats, who reclaimed the majority in the House, will be in no mood to compromise on big issues.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc gives his condolences to the Delamotte family for the tragic loss of their daughter and beloved Cleveland journalist.


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.


Author Jeffrey Miller Talks About WWI Crusaders on America’s Work Force Radio

On the Nov. 6 edition of AWF, host Ed “Flash” Ferenc welcomes Tim Burga and Jeffrey Miller as his two featured guests.

AFL-CIO Bill SamuelTim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO, was the first guest on the show, discussing the midterm election. Burga reviews various union members on the ballots or holding office and how they are fighting for the working people and their collective voices to bargain for better wages, work conditions and pensions. He also talks about how the commercials being aired leading up to the midterms could be affecting voters opinions on certain candidates.

WWI Crusaders Jeffrey B MillerJeffrey Miller, author of WWI Crusaders, came on the show to talk about the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) during World War 1 and how it helped feed 10 million starving people in German-occupied Belgium. He discusses the humanitarian crusaders and their four-year effort to keep Belgium and northern France civilians clothed and fed. His book will be available to purchase on Nov. 11. However, you can read a sample of it here.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc takes time to discuss birthright citizenship and the importance of going out and exercising your right to vote during the midterm election.


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.