Future of the General Motors Lordstown Plant Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 19, Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, spoke with America’s Work Force about the future of the General Motors Lordstown plant.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperCropper talked about what General Motors could have done differently in order to keep the plant active and make sure the workers were able to keep their jobs. Had they invested more of their money into retrofitting the plant into being able to produce more lines of vehicles or a different line other than the Cruz, then the plant would still be in operation. Cropper mentioned that GM was still making money on the Chevy Cruz from their plant, they just wanted more money, and that was one of the factors that led to the shutdown. She then went on to talk about Governor DeWine’s proposed budget plan and how she appreciates that he put money into a budget for wraparound services for students. Lastly, Cropper discussed the Summit Academy and how they received money to fix staffing needs and to resume normal business operations.

Dr. Michael HutchinsonDr. Michael Hutchinson, associate clinical professor at Mt. Sinai joined AWF on March 19 to speak about healing America’s healthcare system. He talked about what it means to have an “all care” system compared to a medicare for all system and how they are similar. Lastly, he talked about how an all care system is “free enterprise” compared to healthcare for all being a form of socialism.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the new NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how there is still room for improvement for workers in 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.

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Governor DeWine’s Agenda Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 18, Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek joined America’s Work Force to discuss Governor DeWine and his agenda moving forward.

Mike PolensekPolensek first spoke about the General Motors Lordstown factory and how the former employees are still fighting to find more work. He said that even though they stopped production on the Chevy Cruze, they could still pick up another line of cars to make, putting the factory back into business. Polensek then spoke about the Amazon bid in Cleveland, where the city had proposed to spend four billion dollars on the Amazon campus plan. Lastly, he discussed DeWine’s proposed gas tax increase of 18 cents, among other plans in his agenda. Polensek said that the only way that a difference can be made is if Democrats and Republicans put their differences aside and work to reach a common ground to fix specific issues.

National Wildlife Federation David DeGerranoThe second guest on the March 18 edition of AWF was David DeGennaro from the National Wildlife Federation. DeGennaro spoke about the increase in use of ethanol in gasoline and how it is bad for the environment. Although corn farmers will be benefiting from the increase in demand for corn, the Clean Air Act will be violated from this. With more ethanol in gasoline, more gasses will form smog and make certain health issues worse for people. DeGennaro stressed how alternate forms of renewable energy still need to continue to be developed if we want true, clean energy.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the Plain Dealer’s plan to eliminate 14 more newsroom jobs within the next two weeks. He said that we need to continue to promote good journalism and union jobs to prevent this from continuing from happening in the future.



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.

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.

H.R. 1 Breakdown Discussion on America’s Work Force

Frank Mathews, Communication Workers of America District 4, joined America’s Work Force on March 12 to discuss H.R. 1 and some of the things that are included in it.

Communication Workers of AmericaMathews spent some time on AWF speaking about H.R. 1, also known as the “For the People Act,” and how it aims to remodel our system of democracy and our voting rights. To begin with, this piece of legislation will make sure there is no “dark money” in future elections; any person who donates $10,000 or more to a campaign will be accounted for on a list that says who they are, how much they donated, and to which party. There will also be a digital list online of advertising money given to a particular organization during a campaign. H.R. 1 also aims to improve voting registration regulations by allowing same day registrations, registration by mail, and early registration. Lastly, Mathews said how H.R. 1 will update election security by improving voting locations and their equipment, as well as have a detail paper trail for all recounts.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Matt RothschildMatt Rothschild, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign discussed the democrat agenda for legislation in Wisconsin. He mentioned how, currently, democrats have the majority in Wisconsin and plan on putting passing progressive policies.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Oakland teachers reaching a tentative agreement to improve their classroom conditions, resources, and a salary increase going into 2021.



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.

Tips to Avoid Falling for Utility Scams was a Hot Topic on America’s Work Force

On March 11, Dan Doron from the Ohio Consumers Counsel gave tips on how to spot a potential utility scammer during his time on America’s Work Force.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronDoron said that on average, every fifteen minutes, one person falls for a utility scam, and they all could be avoided if that person had known the warning signs of a scammer. He went over some of the scams being used, such as caller ID spoofing, cramming, slamming, yes scam and other scams where the scammer puts a lot of pressure on consumers in hopes that they fall for their scam. Some of the warning signs of a scammer that Doron discussed were if they are demanding immediate payment, asking for personal account information over the phone, and putting increased pressure on a consumer to have them sign up for a “better plan.” Doron said that if you are ever concerned about something, that you should take out your utility bill and call the number listed on it and ask questions directly to your utility provider so they can clear up any confusion you may have.

Tony Liberatore Laborers 860Tony Liberatore, Jr., Laborers Local 860, spoke with AWF on March 11 about the spring construction season. He discussed slowing down and respecting the speed limit in construction zones for the safety of the workers onsite. Liberatore also discussed plans to improve Ohio’s roads from the proposed gas tax increase of 18 cents. The state countered DeWine’s gas tax increase proposition by stating that they would go for a 10.7 cent gas tax increase, rather than DeWine’s 18 cents.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Green New Deal and how people are saying that some legislators are against it and state that it is filled with lessons about how not to negotiate for cleaner energy.



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.

Green New Deal Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 8, Jim Cullen, editor of the Progressive Populist, joined America’s Work Force to talk about the Green New Deal being the change that society needs.

Progressive PopulistCullen first discussed the Green New Deal and how it is designed to help de-carbonize and transform the energy sector into cleaner, more efficient energy. He also said that it would benefit society by reducing our carbon footprint, cut down on emissions, and stop exploiting natural resources. Cullen discussed how the Republican party claims that they are fighting socialism and open borders in the 2020 election and stating that Democrats are forcing socialist agendas on people. Lastly, he talked about older Americans and how they are against socialism and how more millennials are favoring socialism.

Justin MaddenAWF has a newcomer on the March 8 edition, trial lawyer, Justin Madden. Madden, who specializes in consumer and personal injury, prescription and medical errors, and insurance disputes, talked about how law practice has changed over the years. He also talked about how gratifying it is to win a case after working so hard for your client for so long.



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.

Misclassification of Employees and Contractors Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 7, Allen Binstock, National Labor Relations Board Region 8, spoke about the misclassification of employees and the issues that come with it on America’s Work Force.

National Labor Relations BoardBinstock spoke about the issue with businesses misclassifying employees as independent contractors so that they do not have to offer health benefits, can pay hourly rates, don’t have to reimburse for business expenses, as well as many other reasons. In return, Binstock discussed how this is unfair for businesses to have their employees sign contracts saying that they are independent contractors to avoid certain expenses. Binstock also talked about how the National Labor Relations Board was put in place for employees to file complaints about job sites, unfair labor practices, contract negotiation complications, and more, and help the employees settle their complaints. He said that around 95 percent of these cases are solved on a local level, and the rest move on to Washington D.C. to be solved.

Labor 411Cherri Senders, publisher for Labor 411, spoke with AWF on March 7 about unions needing to find and purchase union-made products. Labor 411 and their product directory is used to guide consumers in the right direction to find union-made products for their own consumption or to use as gifts. Senders said that Labor 411 is superior to other union product databases because they update theirs frequently, have a mobile app, and their research to find these union products is incredibly thorough.



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 Fight Against Amazon Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 6, David Dayen, writer for In These Times Magazine, spoke about the pushback against Amazon’s HQ2 and logistics center plans during his time on America’s Work Force.

In These Times MagazineDayen spoke about Amazon HQ2 and hundreds of cities bidding on the project, using taxpayers money to fund the construction. After selecting New York City as the location for HQ2, Amazon eventually backed out of its commitment after push from the city to allow the workers to unionize. Dayen then spoke about Nashville, Tenn. being selected for an Amazon logistics center. He mentioned that the city is contributing $600,000 to the project, which is nearly two percent of the city’s 2019 budget, which was not received well by those living in the city. With having already a tight budget, people in the city are not happy with the city stretching the budget even further to put money towards this logistics center. Lastly, Dayen discussed the possibility of seeing medicare for all and how to prepare for the healthcare expansion.

Dave Megenhardt United Labor AgencyExecutive director of the United Labor Agency, Dave Megenhardt, talked about In-Demand Jobs Week, March 11 – March 15, and all that will be taking place during that week. He explained the purpose of In-Demand Jobs Week is for job seekers, employers, or young adults to learn about in demand jobs in the area and the training necessary in order to be successful in those jobs. Some of the jobs that Megenhardt talked about were healthcare, information technology, and transportation jobs. He said that the week will end with an open house where several local employers will be interviewing and speaking with qualified candidates for their jobs.



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.

Promoting the Construction Trades on America’s Work Force Radio

On March 5, Bill Brown from Ben Hur Construction, St. Louis, Missouri, spoke about the benefits of going into the construction trades during his time on America’s Work Force.

Ben Hur ConstructionBrown, who was a former marine, discussed going into the construction trades after he transitioned from active-duty back into civilian life and how easy he had assimilated to the training. He talked about programs such as Helmets to Hardhats, that provide training in the trades while guaranteeing job placement or an earn while you learn apprenticeship with a federally approved apprenticeship program. Brown talked about all of the benefits of an apprenticeship, such as free training, earn while you learn, good starting wages and a path to the middle class rather than going to college or university and taking on student debt without being guaranteed a job. He then talked about the quality of training in union construction and how they spend hundreds of hours perfecting their craft to make sure the work that they will be providing is well above the competition’s quality of work.

AFL-CIOTim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on March 5 about Governor Dewine’s gas tax increase to help fix roads and other infrastructure. He also talked about the misguided priorities of legislators over the years, avoiding the problems with fixing roads, as well as giving tax breaks to corporations who could help fix the roads. Lastly, Burga discussed lawmakers trying to repeal prevailing wage, in a union busting fashion, in certain areas where they do not think it is necessary to have 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.

Pro-Worker Legislation was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

On March 4, Mark Gruenberg, writer for Press Associates Inc. union news service, spoke about the progressive agenda set for 2019 while on America’s Work Force.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsGruenberg discussed pro-worker legislation being one of the main targets in the progressive agenda for the year. He said that the pro-worker legislation will include legislation on equal pay for equal work and workers freedom to negotiate act. Gruenberg also touched on the Green New Deal and how some Republicans are in favor of using alternative energy sources over fossil fuels. To wrap up his interview, Gruenberg discussed the long term effects of the government shutdown, such as huge financial hits on government workers who had to dip into their savings and 401k’s because they were not receiving pay during the shutdown.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau, discussed a variety of scams for students to be on the lookout for during spring break season. She explained the importance of researching housing accomodations thoroughly before booking and paying for them, and to also look up the address to make sure that it is valid. McConnell also talked about “car wrap” scams and “friends and family” scams.



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.