Utility Marketer Scam Discussed on America’s Work Force

Andrew Tinkham, Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist with the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC), spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 11 about a utility marketing company scamming utility users.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronTinkham talked about Verde Energy USA and the investigations into their company involving them scamming utility users. He said that Verde spoofed caller IDs of legitimate utility companies, leading people to pay more for their energy services and sign up for bad contracts. Tinkham also talked about utility services for military members on deployment and extended payment plans for them. Lastly, he discussed ways to save money on utilities around your house during the upcoming winter months.

Union Veterans CouncilWill Attig, executive director of the Union Veterans Council spoke about helping veterans get back on their feet once they come home from deployment. Soldiers typically struggle to find jobs when they return home from deployment because they don’t have experience, but overlook their options in the trades. Attig talked about the career opportunities for veterans in the trades and how it could bring the person’s drive back into their life. He also discussed post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental challenges veterans face when they return home.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc expressed his gratitude for veterans and their service to this country today on Veteran’s Day.



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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Institute for Veterans and Military Families Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mike Haynie, founder of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 5 about his organization and what they do.

IVMFHaynie talked about veterans and their reintegration into society and civilian life after they leave the military. He said that when someone retires from the military, they struggle to find a job and readapt to civilian lifestyle because they have been out of touch for however many years they were in the service. Haynie said that the IVMF works to teach these veterans skills and offers vocational training to help make the job search process easier for them. The program gives these veterans the training to earn labor market certification credentials so employers can know that they are well trained and their work will be able to meet their standards. Lastly, Haynie said that this organization has corporate partners such as Walmart and Starbucks that help provide funding to the institute.

AFL-CIOTim Burga, president of the Ohio AFL-CIO spoke about union brothers and sisters running for local offices during the upcoming election. He said that if they want something done about labor rights and issues, then they will run so they can speak for themselves. Burga said that there are 51 union brothers and sisters endorsed for this election and he hopes they will be able to shine light on labor issues they are facing and gain some traction in their fight against these issues.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission talked about his organization and the support that they offer to veterans. He said that the CCVSC is having their third annual Winter Clothing Program where once a veteran or their dependent go through a screening process, will be provided a gift card to one of three clothing retailers to purchase jackets or other necessities for the winter months. Reiss also talked about the CCVSC financial assistance program and how they help veterans who are struggling financially and also help them work towards financial independence and stability.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Ford Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative agreement with a contract and Ford’s plans to invest $900 million into Ford plants in 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.

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Dangers of Vaping Discussed on America’s Work Force

Jennifer Cofer, cancer prevention and control platform at the MD Anderson Cancer Center spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 24 to discuss the dangers of using vape products.

MD Anderson Cancer CenterCofer first talked about how there is a misinterpretation that vape products are a safe alternative to cigarettes. It has been found that tobacco and e-cigarettes are related to cancer. Cofer said one of the major problems with vape is that they are still new to the market and have not been regulated by the FDA like cigarettes, so there are still certain vape products that have more nicotine in them and other aspects that could lead to cancer than the regular cigarette would. Another danger of vaping is they are attractive to underage kids with appealing flavors, such as mango, and other fruity flavors.

AFL-CIOBill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO talked about the progress of the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. He said the PRO Act has been moving quickly through Congress and has been signed by Democrats as well as Republicans, making it a bi-bartisan bill. Samuel said that he is excited to see Republicans find the importance of protecting workers’ rights to organize and are helping push this bill. He also talked about work in Mexico and how unionizing will help increase their quality of work-life and offer them more protections and bargaining power.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Amazon workers being overworked with impossible daily quotas, limited time to use the bathroom and the increase of workers saying they are hurt on-the-job but will be punished if they take time off to nurse their injuries.



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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Preservation of America’s Outdoor Heritage Discussed on America’s Work Force

Scott Vance, CEO and executive director of Union Sportsmen’s Alliance spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 1 about efforts to preserve America’s parks.

Union Sportsmen's AllianceVance began his time with AWF explaining what the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is all about. He said that they work to preserve and improve America’s park infrastructure, such as docks, boat piers, park benches, picnic tables and park bathrooms. Vance said that there is a 14 billion dollar backlog to improve America’s parks and they are in desperate need of improvements. One of the major reasons they do what they do is to allow children and families to have access to a safe, clean and pleasant recreation area outside and have people experience the outdoors rather than avoiding it. The organization is currently working in underprivileged and underfunded areas right now to give kids the chance at a recreational area they had never really had the chance to experience before. Lastly, he talked about how they work to preserve outdoor heritage by providing firearm safety lessons, and expose kids to fishing and hunting.

AFL-CIOTim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on Oct 1 about Ohio House Bill 6, the nuclear bailout bill. He explained that the AFL-CIO back the bill because it provided good union jobs, fossil fuel free energy and it put $125 million into appropriations for renewable energy. Burga also talked about the upcoming Democratic debate, which are to be held at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. He said that they will be discussing economic ideas and plans, wage raises and protection of social security, pensions and medicare.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the General Motors strike and how GM is hiring scab labor at plants in Texas and Missouri. Flash also touched on Chicago teachers union authorizing a strike.



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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High Cost of Toxic Work Place Culture Discussed on America’s Work Force

Johnny Taylor, president of the Society for Human Resource Management spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 26 about high turnover in workplaces.

Society for Human Resource Management Taylor spent his time on AWF explaining the many reasons why there is high employee turnover in certain workplaces. One reason why he said people leave their jobs is because they dislike their bosses. Taylor said that the possible reasons why people dislike their bosses are because they feel undervalued, disliked by their boss, they are not inspired in their workplace and they feel their bosses are not great leaders. Another possible cause of worker dissatisfaction is the skill gap between workers. He said that some employees become upset because they were not adequately trained for their job and are falling behind their coworkers with the quality of their work. Finally, Taylor talked about boosting workplace morale and having a code of ethics for managers to follow.

AFL-CIOBill Samuel, government affairs director of the AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on Sept. 26 about the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, and the U.S. Secretary of Labor. He said that the PRO Act is important because it ensures that workers rights are protected. The Act also shifts some power back to the workers to help them bargain for better contracts with their employers. Samuel talked about Eugene Scalia and how he has been anti-worker rights and how having him as the secretary of labor is a danger to workers. Lastly, he discussed the attempts to deregulate apprenticeship programs and how this would lower safety standards for apprenticeships, putting workers in danger while on the job.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the United States Department of Labor new law to pay overtime to workers earning less than $35,000 a year.



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.

Beaten Down, Worked Up Discussed on America’s Work Force

Author Steven Greenhouse joined America’s Work Force on Sept. 23 to talk about his new book “Beaten Down, Worked Up.”

Steven GreenhouseGreenhouse’s new book titled “Beaten Down, Worked Up” was the main focus of his conversation. He said that his book offers some insight into the challenges that men and women in the workforce face and what they can do to regain some power. Greenhouse talked about lawmakers rolling back regulations for worker protection standards, putting workers safety at risk. He also talked about how unions and collective bargaining allows workers to be able to fight for their own protection, shifting power back to the workers. Lastly, Greenhouse spoke about the United Auto Workers on strike at General Motors factories across the country.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisLarry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department spoke to AWF on Sept. 23 about worker safety and the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). He talked about worker protections, or lack thereof, included in the USMCA and why he does not want it to pass until more is included in it. Willis also discussed foreign repair stations and why they are a danger to workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Eugene Scalia and why he is being referred to as the “anti-labor secretary”



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 Richard Trumka’s Interview with Fox News

In early September, Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO joined Fox News Sunday and discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada-Trade Agreement (USMCA).

AFL-CIOTrumka sat down with Fox News Sunday, the day before Labor Day to talk about why he does not think the USMCA is passable as it stands right now. He said that it is not enforceable and it will be a windfall for corporations and a disaster for workers. Trumka stated a few reasons as to why he does not believe it is passable as it stands. One of the reasons is that it allows either party to stop arbitration, which would ruin any progress of mending any problems between workers and their company. He also gave his opinions on the good and bad President Trump has done for workers since he took office.

Communication Workers of AmericaFrank Mathews, Communication Workers of America, District 4 administrative director spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 10 about the AT&T tax scam. He talked about AT&T breaking their promise to create more jobs with the profits that were made after their tax break, and instead of creating jobs, they offshored them. Mathews did say that employees did see an increase in their wages, however, it was only two cents an hour. Again, he stressed how this is nowhere near what was promised and the workers feel cheated.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about British Airways pilots going on strike and the Battery Wharf Boston hotel workers striking for better conditions and better pay.



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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Global Cleveland’s Welcoming Week Discussed on America’s Work Force

Joe Cimperman, president of Global Cleveland spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 3 to talk about Global Cleveland’s Welcoming Week event.

Joe CimpermanCimperman, former city councilman of 18 years for Cleveland and now president of Global Cleveland explained what Welcoming Week is all about. He said that everyone easily overlooks all the contributions immigrants have made to our country, cities, our art and our cultures. Cimperman first addressed that America welcomes everyone, especially those looking for a better life because that is what being an American is all about, and reminds everyone that they only got to America because of their immigrant ancestors. He then explained that Welcoming Week highlights, exhibits, and applauds various contributions that were made by immigrants and to show different companies and how they are global-friendly employers. Cimperman said that Welcoming Week shows unity between everyone and that we are all here for the same reason; to make the best life we can for ourselves.

AFL-CIOTim Burga, president of the Ohio AFL-CIO spoke to AWF on Sept. 3 to discuss Ohio House Bill 6, also known as the nuclear bailout bill. He talked about how it was an uneconomic decision and there should have been more thought put into it. Burga also discussed the National Labor Relations Act and Labor Day events throughout Ohio.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about President Trump slamming General Motors and claimed that they are no longer a big auto manufacturer and they sent all their jobs to China before he took office.



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.

War Between States Discussed on America’s Work Force

Greg LeRoy, director of Good Jobs First spoke to America’s Work Force on August 26 about the war between the states to win the Amazon HQ2 bid.

Greg LeRoy Good Jobs FirstLeRoy spoke about promoting the economy and economic development by investing more into cities and creating more jobs with improvements in infrastructure and other construction projects. He also talked about class action lawsuits with companies involving deferred wages, garnished wages and other issues with pay and benefits. LeRoy discussed the battle between states to win the bid to have Amazon’s HQ2 in their state. Adding on to his comment earlier about promoting the economy, he said that if a state won the bid for HQ2, jobs would be created and the economy in the area of HQ2 would be stimulated.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisGreg Regan, Secretary Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department spoke to AWF on August 26 about the National Mediation Board. He said that the National Mediation Board is making it more difficult for workers to form a union, and it is also making it easier for unions to be decertified. Regan also mentioned that there has been legislation brought up to institute a two-year ban on attempts to form a union after failure to unionize or after being decertified. Lastly, he talked about the issues of foreign repair stations and the quality, or lack-thereof, of repairs being done on airplanes and the safety concerns that they are exhibiting.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about President Trump trying to battle and dismantle immigration courts and judges.



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.

Protecting Workers Rights Discussed on America’s Work Force

Bill Samuel, government affairs director of the AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on August 22 about refining workers protections in the new NAFTA.

AFL-CIOSamuel discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and how he would like to see more worker protections included in the final draft before Congress signs off on it. He also talked about how he wants to make sure that workers in all three countries are properly protected, not just the workers in the U.S. Samuel said that fundamental components, such as, the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act need to be included in the USMCA to make sure that all of the power is not taken from workers and they are still able to exercise their right to bargain for their contracts. Lastly, he discussed the Butch-Lewis Act and how in its current state, he does not believe it will make it through the house, but with some revisions, he sees it passing.

Cuyahoga County Public Defenders OfficeAWF next guest was David King, assistant public defender at the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office who discussed what can and cannot be expunged from a person’s record. After being convicted of a felony, it is difficult for a person to find a job again because of what they have on their record, but King works to expunge certain things from a person’s record in hopes to help get them a job again. He said that felonies in the first and second degree cannot be expunged, and neither can sex crimes or traffic tickets. He said that there is a full list of non-expungeable felonies located on their website or in their office.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Shell workers being used as political props at President Trump’s recent rally in Pennsylvania.



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.