Amazon Deal Falling Through in Cleveland Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On March 27, Mark Naymik with the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com spoke with America’s Work Force about the Amazon deal that almost happened in Cleveland.

Mark NaymikNaymik discussed the Amazon deal that almost came to fruition in Cleveland. While Amazon was searching for a location for their headquarters HQ2, Cleveland offered the company $800 million and 50 percent income wage credit on their payroll while also having a prime location downtown. In return, Cleveland would have gained 40,000 jobs. He also discussed the ongoing Ken Johnson scandal and how he continues to request his max monthly reimbursement of $1,200 without properly stating exactly why he needs reimbursement. Naymik said Johnson needs to be audited so that the city can see that Johnson is lying about needing reimbursement and how he is abusing the system.

Ken Hall, secretary treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and president of Teamsters Local 175 in West Virginia spoke with America’s Work Force about So-Called “Right to Work.” Recently, West Virginia defeated So-Called “Right to Work and Hall talked about what a major victory it was for working people. Hall said that even when So-Called “Right to Work” was allowed in West Virginia, companies still didn’t bring business there. He said, if anything, only more union jobs were created during the time. Lastly, he talked about how So-Called “Right to Work” does nothing to promote jobs and how it really is “Right to Work” for less.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about yesterday, March 26, being the National Day of Action, pushing to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.



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America’s Work Force Radio Topic: Economic Development Incentives Hurt Public Schools

The topic of economic development incentives hurting public schools was discussed on the Dec. 5 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

Greg LeRoy Good Jobs FirstGreg LeRoy, Executive Director of Good Jobs First, spoke about school subsidies in different states. He said corporations throughout the country are given subsidies. Often times, businesses receive taxpayer money to move, remain in a certain geographical area or help the company expand. Last year, LeRoy said schools throughout the country combined to lose over $1.8 billion due to economic development tax incentives given to corporations. He argued this money should be invested into hiring more teachers, which in turn, would lower class sizes and make for a better learning environment. LeRoy explained the actual cost per job of the Amazon H2 headquarters economic development agreements.

Carolyn Lookabill American SeniorCarolyn Lookabill, from Providence Home Healthcare, which provides management for senior living facilities, joined AWF and talked about the increase in use of technology by people age 60 or older. She said a larger portion of the senior population now uses technology, which includes medical equipment capable of sending real-time information, such as heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, etc., to their physicians, who can monitor the data and keep their patients safe. She also discussed the advancement in technology available to caregivers, which is designed to improve the quality of life for the people they are providing care.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the General Motors Lordstown plant and the lame duck session of 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.


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown Talks Potential White House Candidacy in 2020 on America’s Work Force Radio

On the Nov. 15 edition of America’s Work Force Radio, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown talked about potentially running for the White House in 2020.

Senator Sherrod BrownBrown talked about his record of always looking out for workers and the dignity of working. He also told America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc that he will mull over a possible 2020 White House run over the holidays. The winner of the 2020 Democratic Party primary would likely face-off against current Republican President Donald Trump.

Chris Gelardi The Nation MagazineChris Gelardi, editorial intern at The Nation Magazine, discussed his article, “Jeff Sessions’s Legacy will be Catastrophic for Asylum Seekers”. He talked about a controversial case where Sessions made a decision to not grant asylum to a victim of abuse for more than a decade. In his decision, Sessions wrote, “…claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence…will not qualify for asylum.”

United Steel WorkersPatrick Gallagher, United Steelworkers Sub-District Director and North Coast Area Labor Federation President, gave his opinion on the results of the midterm elections. He believe said the midterms were not a total loss for workers. Gallagher talked about the new four-year contract the USW ratified with U.S. Steel.

Ferenc discussed the new Amazon H2 headquarters in New York and Virginia and high cost it will have on taxpayers.


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.

Dorsey Hagar from the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council returns to America’s Work Force Radio

Dorsey Hagar from the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council returns to be a featured guest on America’s Work Force Radio.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn Oct. 5 Dorsey Hagar rejoins the show to talk about his latest trip to the Alberta Building Trades Conference and presenting there. While at the conference, he spoke about community benefit agreements, pre-apprenticeship programs, and lowering unemployment rates. Hagar also talked about starting a program called a Building Trades Pilot Boot camp, doing a trial run next year, where they will expose middle schoolers going into the 9th grade to the trades. They will host a week long class from 8-3 where they will let the students learn about all of the trades and work hands on with them to show them that there are more options after high school than just a four year university. The last thing he talked about on the show is a minority contractor outreach event.

Mother Jones WebsiteOur second guest on the show was Pema Levy, and she talked about Rachel Mitchell questioning Dr. Ford in the Brett Kavanaugh case. She talked about Mitchell being blasted for casting a doubt on Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh and how people who have worked with Mitchell in the past are disappointed in how she went about this who entire thing. She was called disingenuous and inconsistent in her practices and was incredibly unprofessional by jumping to conclusions on the case.

The show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the fight for $15 and what it means for Amazon employees. By raising the wages to $15 an hour, it may seem like a win for the workers, however, employees who already earned $15 an hour saying they are losing more than they are gaining. Because of the wage increase, workers are missing out on monthly bonuses and a chance to own Amazon’s skyrocketing stock because of this raise. On top of that, employees already earning $15 an hour are only going to be receiving an extra $1 per hour, so they are losing more than they are gaining out of this. We also talk about Bernie Sanders telling McDonald’s to follow in Amazon’s footsteps and raise minimum wage to $15 an hour. Finally, he talked about airline workers organizing.

Great content today, make sure you give it a listen!


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Undoing Janus Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On our show today, we had Professor Aaron Tang, and Carolyn Lookabill. Professor Aaron Tang is an acting professor of law at the University of California School of Law and Carolyn Lookabill is Providence Healthcare Management Director of Assisted Living Operations.

Our first guest, Professor Tang, talks about the Janus decision and how to fix their “free-rider” problem. Professor Tang is the author of How to Undo Janus: A User-Friendly Guide, and spends most of his time talking his publication and all of the ways that Janus could be neutralized. One of his main points was to have government employers reimburse union dues expenses directly, rather than having them deducted from union member paychecks. This plan could bring a small net increase to the workers as well.

Our second guest was Carolyn Lookabill from Providence Home Healthcare, who provides management for senior living facilities. She spends her time talking about senior living, healthcare, and care-giving. One of the major problems faced with care-givers right now is that they do not know where to find the resources so that they can properly take care of somebody. She talks about how there is another great resource to use, besides the internet, which is by calling the number 211 and you can talk to a highly trained service professional to help you out.

We also discuss the new NAFTA negotiations, now called United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and how parts of it are aimed to help improve labor rules. We also talk about Amazon and the win for the fight for $15 minimum wage! Amazon, starting November 1, will increases minimum wage for all workers, seasonal and contract, to $15 an hour after employees pushing for it for so long! Another great win for the workers!


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