100 Years of the American Legion Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Seavey, editor for the American Legion spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 15 about the100th year anniversary of the American Legion publication.

Mark Seavey American Legion MagazineThe American Legion has come up on 100 years and Seavey brought up some stories that are to be featured in the December edition of the publication. One of the stories highlights veteran homelessness in the west coast of the United States and how they struggle to find affordable housing. Veterans are provided vouchers from their VA’s to help pay for rent, but rent has been increasing at an aggressive rate in California that it is too much for the VA vouchers to maintain. He also talked about helping find mental health resources for veterans who may be struggling with readjusting to civilian life or have any sort of post traumatic stress disorder from their time serving the country.

Norm Wernett Alliance for Retired AmericansRich Fiesta, executive director for the Alliance for Retired Americans spoke about House Resolution 3, which addresses pharmaceutical drug pricing. He said that the drug prices are rising at an incredibly fast rate and people are unable to afford prescriptions, as their insurance does not cover them fully. Fiesta also talked about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and how it includes legislation to lower prices but not the power to negotiate prices if they were to start increasing again.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the National Nurses United union endorsing Bernie Sanders for the second time.



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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Cost of Living Adjustment Discussed on America’s Work Force

Richard Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct 18 about senior citizens on social security and their cost of living adjustment.

Norm Wernett Alliance for Retired AmericansRich Fiesta talked about the 1.6 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) that senior citizens on social security are receiving. The purpose of the 1.6 percent COLA is to help make prescription drugs more affordable for senior citizens, but while it is a step in the right direction, it is not enough to help them cover the cost of their medications. Fiesta said that something needs to be done to make prescription drug prices more affordable for these senior citizens who are depending on their meds to stay healthy. He also talked about House Resolution 3 and how it will be doing away with prohibitions and make negotiations for the most common and expensive prescription drugs mandatory.

Mark Seavey American Legion MagazineJeff Stauffer with the American Legion spoke with AWF on Oct. 18 about the November edition of the American Legion magazine. This year, the American Legion turns 100 years old, and Stauffer talked about some of the important events that happened over the last 100 years of publication. One of the stories he told was about the Letters from 1969 where a person in the military wrote letters for a time capsule talking about the importance of space travel and the advantages it would grant the United States.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about a Hard Rock Hotel a non-union contractor, called Citadel, and the dangers of having them work on the project. He said that it is a non-union contractor with non-licensed, undocumented workers and they are misclassifying their employees.



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.

America’s Work Force Focuses on Prescription Drug Prices

Norm Wernett, head of the Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 20 about prescription drug prices.

Norm Wernett Alliance for Retired AmericansWernett spoke about prescription drug prices and legislation being introduced to lower the costs to make them more affordable. He talked about prescription drug prices in the United States being so unaffordable compared to other countries and what could be done to fix that problem. Wernett then spoke about the Lower Drug Cost Now Act which would help control these outrageous drug prices and help lower them to make them more affordable and stop putting people at risk who couldn’t afford their prescriptions. Lastly, he talked about social security benefits per month increasing, which would also help retired individuals be able to afford their prescriptions.

Mark Seavey American Legion MagazineMark Seavey, editor with the American Legion magazine spoke with AWF on Sept. 20 about the October edition of the American Legion magazine. One of the topics highlighted in this issue was the Legion Act which addresses veterans hard adjustment to civilian life. He talked about how soldiers have a hard time adjusting back to civilian life and struggling with mental health. He also talked about foreign aid and and the power of relief and assistance.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about General Motors taking away health insurance and other health benefits from striking United Auto Worker members and how it could spark a recession.



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.

Medal of Honor Recipient Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Seavey, blogger with the American Legion Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on August 16 about the most recent Medal of Honor Recipient.

Mark Seavey American Legion MagazineSeavey first gave an overview of the September edition of the American Legion Magazine, discussing some stories that will be featured. One of the stories honors the most recent Medal of Honor Recipient, David Bellavia, who served during the War on Terror in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Bellavia earned the Medal of Honor by risking his life above and beyond his call of duty by rescuing his trapped platoon from a house that was under heavy fire from enemy insurgents. Staff Sergeant Bellavia’s great display of courage and selflessness helped save the lives of many members of his platoon.

Another story in the September edition of the American Legion covers a veteran,Sarah Lee, who after returning home from Iraq was suffering major PTSD and developed weight problems, in which she took up cycling to help cope with her problems. She developed such a love for biking that she went on a cross country trip all by herself, for herself and to honor her lost friends from the war.

Norm Wernett Alliance for Retired AmericansRichard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans joined AWF on August 16 to talk about prescription drugs. He discussed a policy being put into place to control the price of prescription drugs in order to make them more affordable for people who need them the most. Fiesta stressed how the United States needs to make them more affordable and compared U.S. drug prices to Canada. He said that in Canada, insulin is one tenth the cost that it is in the U.S. and something needs to be done to regulate other prescription drug prices.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about National Independent Worker 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.

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.

Side Effects of Mefloquine Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Seavey, assistant director at the American Legion, spoke with America’s Work Force on July 19 about the side effects of an anti-malaria drug.

Mark Seavey American Legion MagazineSeavey, who had previously served in the United States military, spoke about the side effects soldiers may have, if given a drug to prevent contracting malaria. He said that the drug is called mefloquine and many soldiers were suffering major side effects from the drug. Seavey told a story about his battle buddy in the military, who after taking mefloquine, did not sleep for four days and was suffering from hyperactivity. He also told stories about other soldiers who suffered some major side effects after taking the anti-malaria drug. Lastly, Seavey talked about American Legion baseball and the various professional baseball players who played in the Legion league.

Norm Wernett Alliance for Retired AmericansRich Fiesta, executive director at the Alliance of Retired Americans spoke with AWF on July 19 about a minimum wage increase over a span of the next few years, increasing from $7.25 to $15.00 an hour. He also talked about how the minimum wage increase will be able to help people’s social security. Finally, Fiesta talked about pensions and House Resolution 397.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about a minimum wage increase, the benefits of it and how the Cadillac Tax is now dead.



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.

The 75th Anniversary of D-Day was Remembered on America’s Work Force

Mark Seavey, editor and blogger with the American Legion Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on May 17 to speak about the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Mark Seavey American Legion Magazine

Seavey spoke about the June edition of the American Legion magazine, and the articles that are featured inside of it. He spoke about an article describing events that went down on D-Day, such as how much of a struggle soldiers were having landing on target due to extreme winds that day. Seavey also talked about how bravely the United States fought that day, given the weather conditions and the German’s not being ignorant to U.S. plans to attack that day. He then went on to talk about the very first G.I. Bill and the positive impacts that it had on soldiers when it was first created and where it is now.

Norm Wernett Alliance for Retired Americans

Rich Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans spoke with AWF on May 15 about stabilizing the Affordable Care Act, and controlling prescription drug prices. He also talked about strengthening social security and healthcare. Lastly, Fiesta spoke about a social security scam where scammers are contacting social security recipients disguised as social security representatives. During this scam, scammers will tell the victims that their accounts have been compromised and ask for their social security number so they can fix their problem and then will steal their information after they are provided with the social number.



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.

Expanding and Strengthening Social Security Discussed on America’s Work Force

Richard Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans spoke with America’s Work Force on Friday, April 19 about strengthening social security.

Norm Wernett Alliance for Retired AmericansFiesta began his time on AWF by explaining how the United States does not offer paid maternity leave like other countries do. A conservative bill has recently been brought up, which will use funds from one’s social security benefits to pay for their maternity leave. Fiesta then explained why the most recent GOP tax cut is hurting social security and what legislatures should do to strengthen it.

Mark Seavey American Legion MagazineMark Seavey from the American Legion magazine also spoke with AWF on April 19. Seavey talked about the Boston Marathon and how veterans ran it in honor of their injured or fallen brothers. He also talked about a “tough ruck” where veterans would carry their gear for 26.2 miles as a fundraiser for their fellow soldiers. This year, according to Seavey, over $860,000 was raised during the tough ruck. He also discussed the May edition of the publication and the 100 year celebration of the American Legion.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about income inequality, unionized nurses jobs being cut in Cuyahoga County jails, and the Mueller Report.



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,