Andrew Tinkham, outreach and education specialist with the Ohio Consumers Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force on Jan. 13 to discuss unwanted, automatic calls being received. Continue reading
Andrew Tinkham, outreach and education staff member with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 9 about the ongoing Verde Energy investigation. Continue reading
Andrew Tinkham, Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist with the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC), spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 11 about a utility marketing company scamming utility users. Continue reading
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Andrew Tinkham, senior outreach and education program specialist at the Ohio Consumer Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force on August 12 about how to avoid being scammed during a door-to-door sales pitch.
Tinkham first provided updates on the recently passed Ohio House BIll 6. He said that First Energy Solutions needed the bailout because they went bankrupt after making bad business decisions and HB 6 would save them. Tinkham said that it would cost around $15 billion to deregulate the power plants with the new energy efficiency bill that was proposed. He then discussed how to not only handle door-to-door sales people, but how to avoid being scammed. He mentioned how not all door-to-door sales are scammers, but people are scammed frequently by them. Tinkham told listeners that if they do answer the door, ask about their company as well as a company identification card. You can use this card to call their company and verify who they are. It is critical to not offer any of your personal banking or social security information and do not get pressured into paying for something right there on the spot. Notice the red flags, and act accordingly to the situation at hand.
Finally, Tinkham discussed what to do in case of a power outage. He said the first thing to do if your power goes out is report it to your energy company. He stressed being patient and staying on the line with the company because they are likely dealing with more people who are in a similar situation.
Nichole McCarthy, recruiting coordinator with International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 spoke with AWF on August 12 about their apprenticeship program. She said that the program takes four years of on-the-job training with supplemental classroom instruction. McCarthy also talked about the benefits of an apprenticeship and that construction jobs are made for anyone who is willing to learn new skills.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the General Electric workers bargaining for a new contract after talks of a potential strike.
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Andrew Tinkham, senior outreach and education specialist with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force on July 8 about Ohio House Bill 6.
Tinkham provided a recap on what Ohio House Bill 6 is and what he believes is good and bad about the bill. During his recap, he reminded listeners that it involved First Energy Solutions, who had filed for bankruptcy because of the poor business decisions that they had made and lobbied for consumer funded subsidies to help them back on their feet. Tinkham said that H.B. 6 turned into a bailout for First Energy Solutions because Ohioans, even if they don’t use First Energy Solutions, will pay to assist the power plants under this new bill. He discussed the good and bad parts of this bill, that affects consumers. Lastly, Tinkham talked about robocalls and how to avoid being scammed over the phone.
Tony Liberatore Jr., business manager of Laborers Local 860 spoke with AWF on July 8 to talk about construction on Ohio’s freeways during the summer. Drivers should proceed with caution, and move over in the furthest lane from construction zones in order to ensure the safety of not only yourself, but also the construction workers onsite. Finally, Liberatore talked about the newly implemented gas tax in Ohio and what the long term plan is.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about a rally in Austin, Texas demanding the camps along the United States and Mexico border be shut down due to inhumane living conditions.