VA Medical Centers were the Main Focus of Discussion on America’s Work Force Radio

During Jan. 16 episode of America’s Work Force, guests discuss privatization and contracting out services at VA medical centers.

Willie Haywood Jr., District 6 Representative of the National Veterans Affairs Council, discussed the current state of the VA’s across the country. Haywood , member of VA Council 262, which encompasses Indiana, Ohio and Northern Kentucky, talked about fully staffing VA’s. He said that by fully staffing veterans, they will be able to receive the proper, adequate care that they need and deserve. Haywood also mentioned that VAs having their own medical providers will take away the need to go through a private sector to receive care and it will also keep the sense of comradery between the veterans in tact.

John Auerbach, President and CEO of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH),  discussed public health and preventable issues during the Jan. 16 edition of AWF. Auerbach talked about West Virginia and Ohio having the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in America. He said that he believes the reason for the high overdose death being so high in those areas is a result of poor quality of life as well as a lack of access to proper treatment. He mentioned that the life expectancy in America is dropping because of the increase in drug overdose deaths. Lastly, he mentioned the problem with doctors over prescribing opioids for pain treatment.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the ongoing government shutdown and the effects that it is having on government employees.


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Value of Higher Education Examined on America’s Work Force

The value of higher education was a main topic of discussion during the Jan. 15 edition of America’s Work Force.

Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein, co-authors of Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership Between America and Its Colleges and Universities, talked about putting a value on the education received from a college or university. They said that students go to college because they think that it is the only path to a good paying job directly out of school. Rather, most students end up leaving their university with crippling debt and no guaranteed job to help pay off their debts. They said that with the tuition of a university is rapidly increasing and students are forced to weigh their options and decide if higher education is truly worth it for them. With the great opportunities that apprenticeships in the trades offer, such as free education, guaranteed job placement, and an earn-while-you-learn model, some young adults are better off going into the trades rather than a university and setting themselves behind with debt and no job.

Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, discussed the Los Angeles teacher strike during her Jan. 15 appearance on AWF. Cropper said that the lack of funding was a major reason for the teachers to initiate their strike in Los Angeles. The teachers want higher wages, smaller class sizes and better funding to help the students receive the attention and better quality education that they deserve. Cropper also talked about the expansion of charter schools in Ohio.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the L.A. teachers strike in the second largest school district in the United States. He also talks about the ongoing government shutdown.

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New Year’s Resolutions on Energy and Efficiency Discussed on America’s Work Force

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel provided tips on how to save money on energy during the winter months on the Jan. 14 edition of America’s Work Force.

Dan Doron, Public Affairs Director with Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, discussed ways on how to be more energy efficient during the winter months to help save money on utility bills. Doron stated that utility users should be more aware of holes in walls, gaps between doors and floors, and covering them up to keep your energy use more efficient. He also mentioned checking your thermostat to make sure it is at an appropriate temperature and even setting it five degrees colder in the winter or five degrees warmer in the summer to save more money. Doron then talked about improving home energy efficiency in the new year by fixing holes in walls, checking your insulation, and changing furnace filters.

Human Resources Director, Kris Dzikas at Precision Valve and Automation discussed her company providing free health care to workers and their families. Dzikas described the benefits of having their health care provider in-house and how it is helping reduce absenteeism. She said that whenever a worker is not feeling well, they can receive a check up in the clinic, get treated, and get back to work. Dzikas stated that workers are being proactive with their health and are taking better care of themselves because of their in-house clinic.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about week three of the ongoing partial government shutdown and the effects it is having on the furloughed employees.

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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.

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Government Shutdown Repercussions Discussed on America’s Work Force.

The repercussions of the partial government shutdown faced by government employees was the main topic of discussion on the Jan. 10 edition of America’s Work Force.

Senator Sherrod Brown

Senator Sherrod Brown spoke about the partial government shutdown affecting government employees by making them miss their first paycheck since Dec. 22. He discussed how many of these government employees rely on every one of their paychecks in order to survive but will not be receiving a paycheck this pay period because of the shutdown. Sen. Brown touched on President Trump’s stubbornness about not reopening the government until he receives full funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall even though he still has not used all of the money that was allocated towards border security.

Mike Shields, researcher with Policy Matters Ohio, discussed the barriers that people with past criminal convictions face when applying for job opportunities in Ohio. He said that those with past convictions are blocked from about 25 percent of job opportunities.

United Auto Workers Josh Nassar

Legislative Director of United Auto Workers, Josh Nassar discussed an upcoming UAW rally pushing for the reopening of the government. He also talked about food being at risk considering FDA food inspections being down 80 percent due to the government shutdown. Nassar also mentioned how he believes that the longer the shutdown goes on, the more that it will hurt the credibility of the United States.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about an increase in TSA workers calling out sick during the government shutdown, causing understaffing, leaving them underprepared for any emergency that may occur.

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Fear Mongering and Border Security Main Topics of Discussion on America’s Work Force

During the Jan. 9 edition of America’s Work Force, guest Dr. Jill Stein from the Green Party spoke about fear mongering and President Trump’s push for increased border security.

Dr. Jill Stein Green Party US

Stein discussed how President Trump is attempting to use fear mongering as an attempt to gain support on his decision for building a wall to increase border security between Mexico and the United States. Stein went into a discussion about how dangerous it is for the President to use fear mongering as a tactic and speaking lies on certain topics in hopes that he is able to get what he wants out of it. Stein talked about how President Trump claims that a wall will help prevent illegal drugs from entering the United States when a lot of illegal drugs are smuggled in cars using the actual points of entry into the U.S. She also talked about the ongoing partial government shutdown and how it is drastically affecting government employees who need their paychecks to be able to survive.

Tom Germuska, Jr. with The Labor Citizen was the second guest on the Jan. 9 edition of AWF. Germuska discussed the outlook on construction in Ohio. Germuska discussed how, on a national level, commercial construction could potentially slow down in 2019, but non-residential buildings and other infrastructure construction will be increasing. In 2017, fatal workplace injuries dropped 1 percent, reported Germuska.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the new house speaker, Larry Householder, and understanding issues on both sides of the political aisle so people can have conversations about the issues and can work to improve them while catering to the needs of both political parties.


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Partial Government Shutdown Discussed on America’s Work Force

Week two of the partial government shutdown was the main topic of discussion during the Jan. 7 edition of America’s Work Force.

Mark Gruenberg People's World

Labor writer Mark Gruenberg with Press Associates Union discussed the partial government shutdown and the ongoing effects it has on government employees. He talked about “essential” government employees that are required to continue to work during the shutdown but are unsure if they will be paid or not. Gruenberg also talked about the American Federation of Government Employees lawsuit against the Trump administration in federal court to pay the “essential” workers, but the courts can’t heart the case right now because they are part of the shutdown. He also mentioned the outlook for the new congress.

Sue McConnell with the Better Business Bureau, BBB, joined AWF on Jan. 7 and discussed the top 10 scams of 2018, as listed by the BBB. From E-commerce to medicare scams, McConnell gives an overview and explanation of all of the top scams of the year.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump’s demands more money in order to pay for the border wall when he still has yet to use the current money allocated towards border security.

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Columbus Construction Trades Fair Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council talked about the Columbus Construction Trades Fair during his appearance on the Jan. 4 edition of America’s Work Force.

Hager said the Construction Trades Fair will take place on Jan. 31 in the Columbus City School District targeting young people who may be interested in the skilled trades or older adults looking for a new career path. Hager says that during the trades fair, not only can you ask questions, but you can also participate in demonstrations of what specific trades do. He also talked about the reconstruction that will take place at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

The second guest on the show was Russ Choma, with Mother Jones magazine discussing a money laundering investigation on the Deutsche Bank, President Trump’s biggest lender. He said that President Trump owes the bank upwards of $364 million in loan debt. He also talked about President Trump doing business in Saudi Arabia.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the United Auto Workers filing suit against General Motors, also known as GM, accusing them of violating the labor contract by using temporary workers at a plant in Fort Wayne, IN instead of the laid off workers in Ohio. Flash said according to their labor agreement, GM was required to provide the opportunity to the laid off workers to relocate to another plant to continue work.


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Women in Politics Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

Introducing more women into politics was a main topic of discussion during the Jan. 3 edition of America’s Work Force.

Madeleine May Kunin, 77th governor of Vermont, discussed Emerge Vermont, a program that recruits, supports, and trains Democratic women who want to run for a political position. Kunin said that we need more women in politics to fight for equal pay, the right for a woman to have control over decisions involving her own body and to end the violence against women. She then talked about a controversial law in Vermont that allows terminally ill people, who have less than six months to live, the option of ending their own life by means of a specific medicine when they feel the timing is right. Kunin also mentions her most recent book, Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties.

Nickie Antonio, Senator of Ohio, discussed protecting labor rights. She talked about fighting So-Called “Right to Work” and the attack on Prevailing Wage in Ohio. Senator Antonio also mentioned her priorities going into 2019 that include access to healthcare for all, improving infrastructure, fully funding public schools and creating a better atmosphere for students.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about President Trump refusing to open up key parts of the government until funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall is approved.

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Mother Jones Exhibit Unveiling Discussed on America’s Work Force

On the New Year’s Day edition of America’s Work Force, the history and legacy of Mother Jones was discussed.

Rosemary Feurer, Director of the Mother Jones Heritage Project, discussed a newly unveiled exhibit, honoring the life and accomplishments of Mother Jones. The 4×4 marker located at a Coalfield, Illinois rest area on I-55 northbound includes a background on Mother Jones’ life, her accomplishments, and the Coalfield women’s march for justice and civil rights for worker families. Feurer also discussed John L. Lewis working to organize the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).

Tim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO talked about three areas that he believes organized labor needs in order to move forward in the new year. He said these three things include improving infrastructure, protecting public schools as well as eliminating corruption and scandal in private and charter schools, and restore local government funding.

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