Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook Discussed on America’s Work Force

Timothy Smith, executive producer at American Issues Initiative spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 25 about his film Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook.

Rigged: The Voter Suppression PlaybookAccording to Smith, his film “reveals for the first time and in frightening detail the dark, partisan genius behind the decades-long strategy to disenfranchise nonwhite voters.” The film explains why Republicans formulated a strategy to suppress voters and how they executed their plans. Smith discussed the barriers that Republicans tried to set up, and still use, for voter registration and also for purging voters. Overall, with the help of this film, Smith wants to emphasize why strategies like this are not right and cannot continue to happen if we want to keep the integrity of our democracy.

For more information about Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook, please visit www.riggedthefilm.com/

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisLarry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO spoke about the problems that manufacturers are encountering with autonomous vehicle testing. Throughout 2019, Uber has been working on autonomous vehicle testing but have been finding many issues, regarding safety. Willis talked about how the vehicle testing has not proven to be completely safe and how regulations for these vehicles need to be increased to ensure passengers, and other motorists alike, will reach their destinations safely. Lastly, Willis spoke about foreign repair stations and how the Federal Aviation Administration, also known as the F.A.A., has failed to implement safety standards and requirements for repair on U.S. aircrafts.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about House Resolution 1309, which is legislation that will create and enforce plans to protect hospital workers and nurses while on the job.



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Fixing Broken Labor Laws Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dave McCall, vice president of administration with the United Steel Workers spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 22 to discuss legislation aimed to fix broken labor laws.

United Steel WorkersOne of the major topics of conversation in Congress lately has been Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The PRO Act helps protect workers who are trying to organize and draw up better contracts from being attacked by their employers for their attempts. McCall talked about House Resolution 2474 which is legislation drawn up to help fix labor law problems, and stop the abuse on workers who are trying to organize, much like the PRO Act. He said that when employers attack their employees for unionizing, it is just further proof that they are scared of collective power from workers and do whatever it takes to keep them weak.

Sherry Linkon Working Class PerspectivesSherry Linkon from Working Class Perspectives spoke about the political processes with the Democratic party. She discussed the Democratic party’s strategy for the upcoming election about who will be best against Donald Trump. Linkon also talked about Democrats and their worries about which candidate they want to support, whether it is far left or more centrists. She also talked about how economics have been a huge talking point for Democratic candidates.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about UAW members at the General Motors in STL and the current work conditions after the strike ended.



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Endorsing Political Candidates Discussed on America’s Work Force

Pat Gallagher, with United Steelworkers, joined America’s Work Force on Nov. 21 to discuss endorsing candidates in the next election.

United Steel WorkersGallagher addressed an issue in the United States of people giving their support to candidates without researching others or understanding their favoring candidates position on certain issues. He talked about political focus groups that aimed to gather information on what people really want to see from candidates and what kind of action they would like to see be made. Gallagher said that the focus groups help them gather a better understanding of what people actually want and will be able to target their needs more efficiently. Ending his interview on AWF, Gallagher discussed the Democratic National Convention.

The Nation MagazineJohn Washington, contributing writer for the Nation magazine talked about methods the government is using that assists in separating families. There is a database that holds records of anybody who has committed a crime, no matter the size, and the government using it to target immigrants of Hispanic descent. In an extreme effort on the push of tracking down illegal immigrants, people are being tracked down and separated from their families. Washington also talked about detention centers holding children for longer than they are allowed to, making it even harder for families who are detained at the border to reunite with each other.



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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Millennials Incurring Debt Discussed on America’s Work Force

Paul Oster, founder of Better Qualified spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 20 about millennials incurring insane amounts of debt early into their adulthood.

Better QualifiedOster first spoke about Better Qualified and how they help build, manage and monitor a person’s credit to help them become more financially responsible. Better Qualified helps a person make better decisions in order to build a stronger credit score and assists in removing derogatory accounts to help that person receive the best credit score they can. Oster mentions how his business could help those graduating college get their credit score going in the right direction and help them make decisions that will benefit them later on in life. Better Qualified works to provide educated recommendations to one’s credit score based on one’s income and expenses.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesDavid Cann, field services and education director for the American Federation of Government Employees joined AWF to discuss the Trump administration attempting to “drain the swamp.” He explained the Trump administrations resentment of federal employees and unions alike and how they are doing anything they can to disband them or make them weaker. One example given by Cann was the attempt to privatize the Veterans Affairs to prove that government service agencies are not needed because any other organization could provide the services in a cheaper way. Cann said that this hurts the VA because they will lose quality of care, investment and assistance if the decision is made to privatize. He also discussed how federal agencies have not been participating in good faith bargaining with federal employee labor unions.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka telling workers to be patient with the new NAFTA and that they are fighting to make sure that worker rights are a priority, not an afterthought.



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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Fighting for Better Education Discussed on America’s Work Force

Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OTF) spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 19 about teachers fighting for better learning conditions for their students.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperCropper first discussed teachers in Kentucky going on strike for better wages and benefits, among other reasons. Teachers in the state are planning a statewide walk out from their schools to march on the capitol annex building in Frankfort, KY in protest of a new pension bill that was passed in their state. Cropper went on to discuss the damage that certain cities cause by putting money into school programs in wealthy neighborhoods, rather than investing in the under-served neighborhood schools. Cropper stresses that cities shouldn’t take money away and give it to other schools, but they should fairly invest money into education because every child deserves a fair shot at receiving a quality education.

Marshall Auerback Independent Media InstituteJeff Bryant, investigative journalist with the Independent Media Institute discussed people who are involved in their schools and also city government who use their conflicts of interest to reap better contracts for their schools, giving their schools an advantage. He also discussed the cost of charter schools and the damage they have on school districts. Bryant mentioned when a public school is at less than 100 percent capacity, the overhead of the building and paychecks for faculty and staff remain the same, resulting in the district losing large amounts of money.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Del Monte Pacific Limited closing three plants in 2020 to cut costs and how there will be thousands of jobs lost because of it.



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High Tech Training Discussed on America’s Work Force

John Kearney, CEO of Advanced Training Systems spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 18 about his company and the training that they provide.

Advanced Training SystemsAdvanced Training Systems offers training in trucking using virtual simulators to train drivers how to behave in the different scenarios they may find themselves in while driving. He said the purpose of his training is to develop the most well behaved and trained drivers to put on the road for trucking companies to reduce the amount of accidents and deaths caused by negligent truck drivers. Here is what you can expect during the simulation; various weather conditions, animals running into the road, and “driving” while other cars are present. These simulations are made so you can learn how to react properly and safely during an unexpected distraction while on the road. Kearney also talked about marketing to millennials, in hopes of attracting more to a career in trucking in order to fill the need for more drivers.

Mike PolensekMike Polensek , City Council member for the city of Cleveland discussed getting more people involved in vocational education and the trades. Polensek described that there is a huge need for more workers in the trades and that a job in the trades is a viable career path for somebody who is not sure if they want to attend college. Polensek addressed the stigma of trade school and work in the trades and showed that you do not need a college education in order to get a good job. Lastly, Polensek touched on Sherwin Williams and whether or not he believes they will stay in Cleveland, or choose to relocate elsewhere.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about nurses and how the dangers that they may face from patients on the job.



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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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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New NAFTA Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

Josh Nassar, legislative director for the United Auto Workers spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 14 about the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), the new NAFTA.

UAW United Auto WorkersNassar first spoke about the General Motors UAW members who were on strike for a better contract, finally reached an agreement on a tentative contract last week. The USMCA, now known as NAFTA, still needs improvements to be made to the agreement. Nassar believes that they need to include stronger labor laws that are enforceable to protect workers and punish those who try to break the laws. Nassar ended his interview on AWF by discussing the impeachment hearings against President Trump.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerWendy Patton, senior project director for the State Fiscal Project with Policy Matters Ohio joined AWF to speak out on the 2021 Ohio state budget. She expressed concerns about the lack of funding and investment into students and schools. Patton said that Ohio is falling behind on investing in their school systems and has not been adjusting their investments to the cost of inflation so the schools are missing out on potential funding. Wrapping up her interview, Patton talked about the lack of funding in Ohio’s public transit system.

Senator Sherrod BrownA special guest stopped by AWF, Senator Sherrod Brown, as he discussed federal contract employees and how they were hurt by the government shutdown earlier this year. As a result of the shutdown, Ohio had a repayment plan set in place to make up for their lost wages, but it was turned down by Mitch McConnell, Kentucky senator.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about a McDonald’s CEO being fired for having an inappropriate relationship with and employee and another McDonald’s employee filing a sexual harassment claim.



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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Green Party Addresses Ranked-Choice Voting on America’s Work Force

Dr. Jill Stein, two-time presidential candidate for the Green Party spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 13 about what ranked-choice voting is and how it works.

Dr. Jill SteinDr. Stein first spoke about medicare for all and how it has been gaining traction among Americans over the last few years. She addressed the tired reasons republican lawmakers use to denounce medicare for all and offered up solutions to counter their arguments. Dr. Stein then talked about ranked-choice voting. Ranked-choice voting is where a person ranks their preferred candidates highest to lowest, or just one candidate if that is their only choice. She said this makes it so votes never go to waste and a person could really express their vote in the best way possible. Lastly, Dr. Stein talked about the Green New Deal and how if this method passes, it will help revive the economy, create good quality, high paying union jobs, and help improve climate conditions.

The Labor CitizenTom Germuska, Jr., editor of the Cleveland Labor Citizen spoke about the November edition of the Labor Citizen publication. He talked about how Internationally Recognized Apprenticeship (IRAPs) lack oversight on their regulations and standards when it comes to safety and training and how it does not hold up to the quality of training union apprenticeships offer. He also talked about National Apprenticeship Week approaching and how this edition of the Labor Citizen has a 12-page apprenticeship directory of all training centers in the Cleveland area in hopes it inspires people to reach out and learn more about the programs.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the workers for Virginia’s largest transit service going on strike for better wages, and safer working conditions.



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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AT&T Tax Scam Reviewed on America’s Work Force

Frank Mathews, administrative director for the Communication Workers of America District 4 spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 12 about the AT&T tax scam.

Communication Workers of AmericaAT&T had previously asked for tax breaks and in return, for every billion dollars they made, they would create 7,000 jobs. Since they have been receiving their tax breaks and making multi-billions in profit, AT&T has been cutting and offshoring their jobs, completely going back on their promises to workers. Mathews said that AT&T continues to go back on their promises and is helping out Wall Street more than their own workers. Next, he talked about Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and the CWA will endorse lawmakers who vote for it. Mathews said he would like to see this become a bi-partisan bill because he feels this is such a big step for worker protection and rights.

Cleveland Building and Construction Trades CouncilDave Wondolowski, executive director for the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council spoke about National Save Apprenticeship Week. Wondolowski said Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) are deregulating standards for programs and are putting workers and businesses at risk. Wondolowski said union construction prides themselves in the quality and thoroughness in the training that they provide to their apprentices in their apprenticeship programs and IRAPs allows business owners to cut corners with their apprenticeship programs.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the United States Postal Service and the pushback on wanting to privatize 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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