Transitioning Active Duty Military Members Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 15, Jeff Stoffer, director of marketing and communications with American Legion Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force about programs designed to help transitioning active duty military members develop skills for in-demand jobs.

American Legion Magazine Jeff StoffersStoffer talked about military bases around the United States offering programs for active duty military members that provide training in different trades and help them gain the skills needed to excel in their work field. The training they receive are in the pipe trades, such as pipefitters, steamfitters, welding and HVAC-R (heat, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration). By receiving the training, the transitioning military members will have a head start on a career, while easily adapting to the challenges in their trade and civilian life. Stoffer also talked about the child welfare foundation committee and how they offer support for children while their parents are deployed.

Alliance for Retired Americans Richard FiestaRich Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans spoke with AWF on March 15 about the cuts that have been made to social security and medicare after President Trump said that no cuts would be made to them. He also talked about how social security administrations are now allowed to monitor the social medias of those on disability to ensure they are not abusing the system.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about how there are still some TSA employees that are waiting on their back pay that is owed to them from the government shutdown earlier in the year. He said that some employees have received a week’s worth of pay while some others have received nothing at all.



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.

Lowering Prescription Drug Costs was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Norm Wernett, head of the Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans discussed lowering the cost of prescription drugs on his Feb. 15 appearance on America’s Work Force.

Norm Wernett Alliance for Retired AmericansWernett talked about legislation that will be put in place to allow the negotiation over prescription drug prices. He said that certain prescription drugs in the United States are more than double the price compared to other countries. Wernett talked about how our healthcare system needs to be fixed because some people cannot afford their prescription drugs because of the constant increase in price. Lastly, there is a bipartisan issue on medicare that will be discussed in the future on how to make medicare work for all American people.

Mark Seavey American Legion MagazineMark Seavey, web editor and blogger for the American Legion Magazine, discussed a floating repair shop just off shore of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He talked about how the shop would repair 20,000 aircraft components per month during the war and get the aircrafts, along with other machinery, back in action much faster than having to send them all the way back to the U.S to get repaired. Seavey mentioned that if they would send them back to the U.S. for repairs, it would take weeks to get them there, on top of the time to repair and ship back. Thanks to their floating repair center right off shore, they would have a much faster return rate.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed increasing the minimum wage in Ohio to 15 dollars in hour by 2024 and all the benefits that it would bring to the workers and the rest of the state.



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.

Definition of Americanism Discussed on America’s Work Force.

What makes America, America was the main topic of discussion on the Jan. 18 edition of America’s Work Force.

Mark Seavey, writer and editor with American Legion, discussed the definition of Americanism during his appearance on AWF. According to Seavey, Americanism encompasses democracy, freedom of speech, availability for education to those who want it and diversity. Seavey said that being a melting pot of different ethnicities, cultures, and religions is what makes America, America. He also talked about the 800,000 government employees who are not being paid and are still required to go in to work. Seavey talked about the Coast Guards risking potential injury or death while working and not receiving any pay as a result of the government shutdown.

Rich Fiesta, Executive Director with the Alliance for Retired Americans, was also featured on the Jan. 18 edition of AWF. Fiesta spoke about the majority of workers over the age of 50 being forced out of their jobs. He also talked about the new congress and issues they might address in 2019. Some of these issues include the Affordable Care Act, medicare for all, and medicare buy-in for older workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the ongoing government shutdown and the increase in TSA workers calling in sick in response to not being paid while still being required to show up to work.


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 Radio Examines VA Copay Issues

Mark Seavy, from the American Legion, appeared on America’s Work Force Radio on Dec. 21 and talked about copay issues within the Veterans Administration.

American Legion Magazine Mark Seavey

According to Seavy, the VA refuses to reimburse veterans for out of pocket emergency services. He said it is ridiculous that the government has the money to deploy soldiers, but does have the money to care for them when they return home injured or sick. He believes there needs to be better copay options for veterans to cover the costs of medication, rehabilitation and other medical needs. Seavy also spoke about the decision by Defense Secretary James Mattis to resign after a disagreement with President Trump, who decided to U.S troops out of Syria.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta talked about what his organization plans to do in 2019. Fiesta said they will work to address issues such as the price of prescription drugs, the expansion of social security and raising the earning cap. He also discussed a recent court ruling, which declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. Fiesta said the Texas judge made a poorly reasoned decision and did not thoroughly review the ACA.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed SNAP eligibility and recently passed legislation, which bans the shackling of pregnant women in federal prisons.


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.

American Legion Magazine Writer Discusses Neglect in VA Assisted Living Homes on America’s Work Force Radio

Blogger from American Legion MagazineMark Seavey, discussed neglect in VA assisted living homes on the Nov. 16 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

American Legion Magazine Mark SeaveySeavey said neglect is occurring in VA homes all across the country, as many VA assisted living homes are receiving failing grades by the VA’s own ranking system for various reasons including, nurses sleeping on the job, providing less assistance than required and not repairing what he called atrocious living conditions. Seavey spoke about a rehabilitation program called Merging Vets and Players (MVP), where athletes help veterans cope with PTSD through various forms of workouts and talking about their problems.

Alliance for Retired Americans ARA Rich FiestaNorm Wernet, Ohio President of the Alliance for Retired Americans, spoke about midterm election results. He believed the outcome had the potential to affect social security and pension plans. Wernet talked about Medicare expansion and the need to strengthen social security benefits to ensure people can retire comfortably and with dignity.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed how gerrymandered legislative districts in Ohio affect elections. He also talked about rank choice voting and the benefits that come with it.


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.

American Legion Magazine Mark Seavey on America’s Workforce Radio

Mark Seavey with the American Legion Magazine and Rich Fiesta with the Alliance for Retired Americans were featured on America’s Work Force Radio.

The American Legion Magazine Mark LeaveyOn Oct. 19, Mark Seavey was a guest on the show to discuss different types of discharge from the military and receiving help to cope with PTSD. Seavey also talks about the November edition of the American Legion Magazine, National Legion Day, and veterans explaining what is important to them when making a memorial.

Alliance for Retired Americans ARA Rich FiestaRich Fiesta discusses the disturbing budget deficit and social security. He talks about working to protect the health and security of worker’s pension plans. He stresses that the workers have entitlement to their social security after working so hard for it and it is unfair to lose it.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talks about getting out to vote for the upcoming midterms and once again discusses the Marriott workers that are currently on 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.

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.


The History of the American Legion Magazine Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On the broadcast today we had Mark Seavey from the American Legion Magazine and Norm Wernet with the Alliance for Retired Americans. Mark Seavey discussed the American Legion and how it came to be, living in Indianapolis, pensions, and the importance of yoga for veterans and those suffering from PTSD. Norm Wernet discussed his major role in the District 12 race, medicaid expansion, and more!