Building Futures Impact on Columbus Discussed on America’s Work Force

The Building Futures program is making a positive impact in the lives of its graduates and Franklin County.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilMaking his monthly America’s Work Force Radio appearance on March 1, Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager spoke about the recent graduation of the third Building Futures Class and the success of past classes. The third graduating class consists of 11 members, who completed the pre-apprenticeship program and will soon begin life as a building trades apprentice. The Building Futures program has an 88 percent graduation rate, with an 85 percent placement rate in to JATCs. The starting rate for program graduates as apprentices is $16.91. The first two graduating classes combined to have an economic impact of over $1.4 million in Franklin County on wages and benefits.

Hager also discussed recent new about Columbus Mayor Ginther, who this year will run unopposed for his current seat. Mayor Ginther is a huge supporter of the building trades and has worked to promote building trades careers and apprenticeships, as there is a need for more skilled tradesmen in the area with the amount of construction work scheduled for central Ohio.

Tim Murphy Mother JonesMother Jones writer Tim Murphy talked about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during his appearance on AWF. He said Ocasio-Cortez is changing the way that politicians work and promote themselves through the use of social media. He claimed her social media has positively impacted her image because it is keeping people engaged and connected to her work.



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Government Shutdown Holding Federal Workers Hostage Discussed on America’s Work Force

President Trump holding out on ending the government shutdown until his demands of funding the border wall are met was a main topic of discussion on the Jan. 11 edition of America’s Work Force.

Jim Cullen, editor for the Progressive Populist discussed the ongoing government shutdown and how it is hurting federal and contract workers. Cullen described the situation as President Trump holding the federal and contract workers hostage until his demands are met. By not ending the government shutdown, President Trump is causing nearly 800,000 government employees to miss out on their first paycheck since Dec. 22. He also talked about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposal of increasing the top tax rate to 70 percent as well as her ideas for the Green New Deal.

Mary Jane Trapp

Mary Jane Trapp discussed when a court can modify court costs, referencing State v. Braden, during her Jan. 11 appearance on AWF. She also discussed the two new Ohio justices, Mike Donnelly and Melanie Stewart, and their backgrounds leading up to where they are now.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about President Trump threatening to declare a state of emergency to get the funding he wants for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

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.