“Made in America” Discussed on America’s Work Force

Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 30 about products that may be labeled “made in USA” but mainly produced out of the country.

Alliance for American ManufacturingPaul told a story about a company called Patriot Puck that sells hockey pucks and labels them “made in the USA,” but was discovered the majority of the materials used are from different countries and only the last touches on the pucks are complete in the USA. He said that the label on the box saying “made in the USA” is deceiving because the pucks are complete out of the country, imported to the US, then adding the “made in the USA” label, passing as an American made product. Paul then discussed congress moving to ban Chinese made railcars in the US and how they are looking to draw up a procurement contract.

Construction Employers AssociationTim Linville, CEO of Construction Employers Association spoke with AWF on Sept. 30 about the Fannie Lewis Law being repealed in Ohio and voluntary action from local private and public organizations. He discussed how money being made locally should be put back into the locality to continue to make improvements to their city and programs. Linville said he would like to see both private and public organizations get involved in voluntary action to help make the most amount of improvements possible. Lastly, he talked about his company’s ACE Mentor Program in Cleveland and how it helps high school students discover the trades.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the General Motors workers that are on strike missed their first paycheck as of last week, and how negotiations are still taking place.



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Banned Books Week Discussed on America’s Work Force

Kathy Newman, English professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 27 to talk about censorship.

Kathy NewmanNewman began her discussion on censorship by discussing “Banned Books Week.” Banned Books Week is a celebration of a person’s freedom to read and access a book. She talked about Banned Books Week starting many years ago, beginning with the first banned book, Grapes of Wrath because it was “threatening” to California and their workers in agriculture. Newman then talked about censorship of people’s social media channels and workers getting fired for things they post. She said that people will say that the First Amendment should protect them, but it actually does not. If their employer or human resource manager sees something they posted that they deem inappropriate and doesn’t line-up with their company values, the employee could be fired, not being protected under the First Amendment.

United SteelworkersDonnie Blatt, United Steelworkers District 1 director spoke with AWF on Sept. 27 about updates with their union. He talked about former General President Leo Gerard and the legacy he left with current General President, Dave McCall. He then talked about the USW union’s new agenda and what their new goal is moving forward with the steel tariffs on China. Lastly, he talked about organizing drives all around his state.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the General Motors United Auto Workers strike and how GM is receiving a great amount of backlash for taking away striking workers health benefits.



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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High Cost of Toxic Work Place Culture Discussed on America’s Work Force

Johnny Taylor, president of the Society for Human Resource Management spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 26 about high turnover in workplaces.

Society for Human Resource Management Taylor spent his time on AWF explaining the many reasons why there is high employee turnover in certain workplaces. One reason why he said people leave their jobs is because they dislike their bosses. Taylor said that the possible reasons why people dislike their bosses are because they feel undervalued, disliked by their boss, they are not inspired in their workplace and they feel their bosses are not great leaders. Another possible cause of worker dissatisfaction is the skill gap between workers. He said that some employees become upset because they were not adequately trained for their job and are falling behind their coworkers with the quality of their work. Finally, Taylor talked about boosting workplace morale and having a code of ethics for managers to follow.

AFL-CIOBill Samuel, government affairs director of the AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on Sept. 26 about the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, and the U.S. Secretary of Labor. He said that the PRO Act is important because it ensures that workers rights are protected. The Act also shifts some power back to the workers to help them bargain for better contracts with their employers. Samuel talked about Eugene Scalia and how he has been anti-worker rights and how having him as the secretary of labor is a danger to workers. Lastly, he discussed the attempts to deregulate apprenticeship programs and how this would lower safety standards for apprenticeships, putting workers in danger while on the job.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the United States Department of Labor new law to pay overtime to workers earning less than $35,000 a year.



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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Differences Between NAFTA and the USMCA Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mike Dolan, legislative representative for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 25 about the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA)

Dolan talked about the differences between the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. He stated that although there still needs to be work done to it, he likes the USMCA more than he likes NAFTA. According to Dolan, one of the bigger failures of NAFTA was opening up the southern border for long hauls for trucks because they did not end up meeting safety or wage regulations for their truckers. He said that in the USMCA, lawmakers focused more on trade sanctions and began to improve labor rights. Dolan stated that although it is a good first step in improving labor rights, there is still work that needs to be done with worker protections.

Burt Neuborne When at Times the Mob is SwayedBurt Neuborne, author of “When at Times the Mob is Swayed” spoke with AWF on Sept. 25 about his book and saving democracy. Having sued every president of the United States since Lyndon B. Johnson, Neuborne proclaims himself as a person who stands up for the safety of our democracy, no matter what political party he is in favor of. He also discussed changing voting policies, such as when election day is held, mandatory voting like Australia has and opt-out voting. Finally, Neuborne explains why he believes big money should be taken out of politics and we should have publicly funded elections.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Nancy Pelosi submitting a formal impeachment inquiry for President Trump to be impeached.



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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Responsibility and Accountability Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tom Buffenbarger, former General President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers spoke with America’s Work Force Radio on Sept. 24 about the United States Department of Labor.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersBuffenbarger spoke about President Trump appointing Eugene Scalia as the new Labor Secretary. He stressed that having Scalia as the Labor Secretary could hurt working people in some pretty big ways. One way being a change in pension plans and 401ks, potentially taking away what people have worked their whole careers to build up. Buffenbarger then discussed the second week of the General Motors United Auto Workers strike. Workers benefits are being wiped away, and workers are now in charge of their own health insurance now. He also said there appears to be no progress on getting a contract drawn up between the workers and GM.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission spoke with AWF on Sept. 24 about the services that they offer veterans. Some of the services include Veteran Administration and pension program assistance. They also help veterans who are struggling with food, housing or utility bills. Lastly, Reiss talked about single use plastic bag bans at grocery stores.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the GM strike, and Native Women’s Equal Pay 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.

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Beaten Down, Worked Up Discussed on America’s Work Force

Author Steven Greenhouse joined America’s Work Force on Sept. 23 to talk about his new book “Beaten Down, Worked Up.”

Steven GreenhouseGreenhouse’s new book titled “Beaten Down, Worked Up” was the main focus of his conversation. He said that his book offers some insight into the challenges that men and women in the workforce face and what they can do to regain some power. Greenhouse talked about lawmakers rolling back regulations for worker protection standards, putting workers safety at risk. He also talked about how unions and collective bargaining allows workers to be able to fight for their own protection, shifting power back to the workers. Lastly, Greenhouse spoke about the United Auto Workers on strike at General Motors factories across the country.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisLarry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department spoke to AWF on Sept. 23 about worker safety and the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). He talked about worker protections, or lack thereof, included in the USMCA and why he does not want it to pass until more is included in it. Willis also discussed foreign repair stations and why they are a danger to workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Eugene Scalia and why he is being referred to as the “anti-labor secretary”



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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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.

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America’s Work Force Discusses Single Payer Health Care

Zachary Siegal, contributing writer with the Nation Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 19 about single payer healthcare.

Zachary Siegel Siegal spoke about Timothy Faust’s new book Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next, which covers single-payer healthcare. In his book, he talked about what needs to be done in order for a single-payer model to be successful in the United States. According to Siegal, the spending that would be needed to fund a single-payer model is already being spent in other areas, so the argument that it is not affordable for the U.S. is untrue. He said that the U.S. most certainly could afford to adapt the single-payer health care model, but it would need to be done correctly. Lastly, Siegal spoke about an HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana. Compounding the issue of opioid addiction plaguing the county, there is also an HIV epidemic occurring in the area because people are sharing needles that they are using to inject their drugs.

United SteelworkersPat Gallagher, president of the North Coast Labor Federation spoke with AWF on Sept. 19 about the United Steel Workers international executive board meeting. He said that these board meetings involve reviewing the quality of conditions at plants that their workers work at and evaluate what they are doing well and what could be done better. The purpose of these meetings is to make sure everything is up to standard and that the work accurately represents the union’s image.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the United Auto Workers being on strike and General Motors telling the striking workers that they are now responsible for their own health care.



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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Opioid Addiction Treatment Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dr. Andrew Waismann, accelerated neuroregulation (ANR) developer at Landmark Hospital in Naples, Florida spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 18 about new methods to help individuals recover from their opioid addiction.

Dr. Andre WaismannWaismann discussed why rapid detox and other forms of rehabilitation are quick fixes for opioid addiction, but still leave damaging effects on people. He said that with rapid detox methods, the body would go through aggressive withdrawal and are unable to regulate how the body produces certain chemicals such as endorphins. With ANR, Waismann said that it works to decrease the body’s receptor production that it built while addicted to opioids and help the body return to its natural and balanced way of producing chemicals. He said that during the treatment, the body’s endorphin-receptors are re-regulated back to the body’s state before the drug dependency occurred. Waismann mentioned that he believes this treatment is more effective than detox and will allow the person to return closely to how they were before their addiction.

Dr Everett KelleyDr. Everett Kelley, National Secretary-Treasurer for the American Federation of Government Employees spoke with AWF on Sept. 18 about good faith bargaining and unions maintaining their strength. He said that day-by-day, the Trump administration is working to bust unions in anyway that they can. Dr. Kelley also talked about an AFGE day of action called “Rise Up, Fed Up” He said during this day of action government employees will voice their thoughts on why they need collective bargaining and unions for their own safety.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the United Auto Workers strike against General Motors and how the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are standing with them and refusing to cross picket lines.



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.

Labor of Lunch Discussed on America’s Work Force

Jennifer Gaddis, assistant professor at UW-Madison and author of The Labor of Lunch spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 17 about getting better school lunches in schools.

Labor of Lunch Jennifer GaddisGaddis talked about bringing in better food for school lunches and how it will benefit not only the kids, but also the workers. She said that by having schools switch over to non-industrialized, the food will be better quality, and better jobs could be made out of it. Gaddis spoke about cafeteria workers and how they could have better quality jobs if there was quality food to give the children because they would spend more time working to make the food, rather than providing frozen meals. Workers would see higher wages and more hours, while the children are provided higher-quality and nutritional food. She also discussed teachers organizing free school lunches for a school’s less fortunate children.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperMelissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) spoke with AWF on Sept.17 about affordable housing for teachers. She discussed the large amount of turnover in teachers in Mcdowell County, W.V. because they cannot afford to live in the area. Cropper said that the county is testing out an affordable housing plan for educators in the area in hopes they will be able to retain their teachers. She also spoke about the Teacher Health and Wellness Act. The purpose of this act is to assist in reducing teacher’s stress to make sure they are able to do their job to the best of their ability.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the United Auto Workers at General Motors plants across the United States going on strike. He said that there are over 49,000 workers participating in the strike.



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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